anonymous in Royal Festival Hall

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Pierre Monteux was conducting LSO. The programme began with the Beethoven Fifth Symphony. At the end of the first movement the conducter looked vaguely uncomfortable, clutching his music stand and wiping his brow. Then he began the second movement but after a few bars he fell flat on his face. There was a stunned silence. No one seemed to know what to do. Eventually the inert conductor was carried out while the audience chatted quietly. After some minutes there was an annoucement : "Monteux apologises for this interruption to the concert, but hopes to be back with you shortly." When he …   more >>
cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 28 May, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall



Listening to

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Don Juan
written by Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Mozart
performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux
Horn Concerto no 1
written by Richard Strauss
performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux
symphony no 5
written by Beethoven
performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux

Experience Information

Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:52:34 +0000
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:26:23 +0000