Richard Temple Savage et al. in Covent Garden - 1939

from A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician, page 61:

...but another occasion impressed him in a very different and disagreeable manner. It was the night Basil Cameron was unaccountable allowed to conduct "Tristan". He was not an opera conductor and after the Prelude, which he knew from the concert hall, we were all literally wallowing like a ship head-on to the wind. Matters were not helped by his conducting style, once described by the composer John Gardner as "A man trying to get out of a sack." At one point we really seemed about to sink without a trace when Horace (Jimmy) Green, the cor anglais, who had dozed off from a blend of beer and …   more >>
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Richard Temple Savage, A voice from the Pit: Reminiscences of an Orchestral Musician (Newton Abbot, 1988), p. 61. accessed: 29 May, 2024

location of experience: Covent Garden


Richard Temple Savage
clarinettist music librarian, writer, music librarian, Clarinetist, Writer
Horst Walter
Benedictine monk, repetiteur

Listening to

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Tristan und Isolde
written by Richard Wagner
performed by unspecified orchestra, unspecified singers, Basil Cameron

Experience Information

Date/Time 1939
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Follows straight on from Experience 1429211678120.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:14:08 +0100
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:39:28 +0000