anonymous in Royal Festival Hall - 1974

from Southbank Centre Archive:

1974, sitting at the very front to see Boris Christoff - terrifying, not because I expected to be called upon to sing along with him, but just in case I breathed too loud and he might just LOOK AT ME WITH THE FEROCIOUS GLARE THAT ONLY HE COULD DO. I managed to survive by not breathing for 90 minutes - an extraordinary singer. The only other time I have felt quite so un-nerved was to find myself sitting at the very front for a Max Wall performace (not at RFH).

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 4 October, 2023 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall



Listening to

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performance of 'unknown' performed by Boris Christoff

Experience Information

Date/Time 1974
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:47:51 +0000
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:22:52 +0000