Gustav Holst in Brynhyfryd - in the beginning of 1919

from Letter from Holst to Vaughan Williams, 12 April 1919, page 47:

Dear R . . . The enclosed [programme of a concert of British music in Constantinople] was quite a success. . . . Demobilisation was in full swing, and between it and flu and malaria I had a different orchestra every two days and sometimes almost every two hours. [...] The Wednesday before, we gave the concert, barring the choral items, at the Church Hall Summerhill. It was packed with a jolly, keen, rowdy audience who hardly breathed during the music [...] and then bellowed and stamped by way of applause. It was so good that I feared that the big concert would fall flat - which it didn't.

cite as

Letter from Holst to Vaughan Williams, 12 April 1919. In Imogen Holst and Ursula Vaughan Williams (ed.), Heirs and rebels (London, ), p. 47. accessed: 27 February, 2024

location of experience: Brynhyfryd


Gustav Holst
Composer, Teacher

Listening to

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British music performed by YMCA Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of 1919
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Holst had been appointed as the YMCA's Musical Director in the Near East.

Originally submitted by isobel.1111 on Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:41:16 +0100
Approved on Tue, 08 Mar 2016 17:37:45 +0000