Benjamin Britten in Queen's Hall - 23 September, 1931
Lesson with Benjamin 12.30–1.0. Arrange about practice at New S. of Music [the RCM’s new practice studios] in aft. & go on to Augeners to buy some music. Go to Prom. (Brahms) in evening with Peter Floud & his sister. 3 Magnificent works – orch. moderate – Haydn Var. – Concerto no 1. (Myra Hess – v. creditable & moving performance) & the glorious 3rd Symphony. After interval Myra Hess plays the Symphonic Var. of Franck. Delightful work (quite[crossed out] his masterpiece), equally delightfully played. Considering the diff. between this & the Brahms. M. Hess did splendidly.
Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 23 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 84. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422904075927 accessed: 24 October, 2021
Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:07:57 +0000