Richard Temple Savage in Covent Garden - between mid September, 1935 and 5 October, 1935

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 36:

Naturally it was Beecham who conducted Delius' "Koanga". It was a first performance and he was anxious and bad-tempered throughout rehearsals; ever afterwards if he seemed at all liverish the word would go round that he was in a "Koanga mood". The producer was as usual Charles Moor whose motto was "when in doubt do nothing" so that Voodoo scene was a pitch-dark, apparently empty stage. When Beecham enquired: "Is anything going to happen, Mr. Moor?" he was told that it would be all right on the night. I can't recall that it was much better. The heroine, Oda Slobodskaya, was immensely tall and …   more >>
cite as

Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 36. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1426871119061 accessed: 23 October, 2021

location of experience: Covent Garden

Listeners

Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer
1909-

Listening to

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'Koanga'
written by Delius
performed by Oda Slobodskaya, unnamed orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, John Brownlee

Experience Information

Date/Time between mid September, 1935 and 5 October, 1935
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Notes

Follows on from Experience 1426871159448. Another location was Birmingham.


Originally submitted by iepearson on Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:05:19 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:26:02 +0000