Benjamin Britten in London - 24 September, 1931

from Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 24 1931, page 84:

Go up to Harrods in morning to see abt a Pft for Pop to give to Bobby. Practise in Lounge 11–1.0. Practise in N. School of M. 2.40–3.40. Go to Madrigals at 6.0; General meeting as well as singing. Get back for dinner at 8.0, & listen afterwards, on wireless in Lounge to Prom – Ireland’s Pft Concerto & Holst’s Planets. I still think the first very loosely put together, & second too sugary (celeste); both have v. fine & beautiful moments; but I feel no music of that generation can be compared to works like Walton’s Viola Concerto
cite as

Benjamin Britten, Diary of Benjamin Britten, Sept 24 1931. In John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 84. accessed: 19 May, 2024

location of experience: London


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Concerto for Piano in E flat major
written by John Ireland
performed by Helen Perkin, BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Henry Wood
The Planets, Op. 32
written by Gustav Holst
performed by BBC Singers, BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Gustav Holst

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 September, 1931
Medium broadcast, live
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by Simon Brown on Tue, 03 Feb 2015 17:47:00 +0000