Jack Brymer in Cambridge Theatre - between late , month unknown, 1948 and 1949

from The Beecham Years, pages 79-80:

It was at about this time that I had my baptism by fire as first clarinet in a London opera pit. This is well known to be an experience which is essential to the making of any complete orchestra principal; it's often said that unless you've been through a cycle of Wagner's Ring you haven't really arrived.... On this occasion it wasn't Wagner - it was Puccini, Donizetti, Verdi and other mighty Italian operative geniuses; and in my case 'baptism of fire' was no exaggeration, because it was the sort of musical sudden death which could only happen in the London of the late forties. The normal …   more >>
cite as

Jack Brymer, The Beecham Years. In From Where I Sit (London, 1979), p. 79-80. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1422912512071 accessed: 9 May, 2021

location of experience: Cambridge Theatre

Listeners

Jack Brymer
Schoolteacher, Clarinetist, Musician
1915-2003

Listening to

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Falstaff
written by Giuseppe Verdi
performed by New London Opera Company
'La bohème'
written by Giacomo Puccini
performed by New London Opera Company
Tosca
written by Giacomo Puccini
performed by New London Opera Company

Experience Information

Date/Time between late , month unknown, 1948 and 1949
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:28:32 +0000
Approved on Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:32:49 +0000