in Datchet - 1874

from Life and Reminiscences of Sir George J. Elvey, pages 224-225:

A much less imposing concert was given shortly after at Datchet under Sir George's conductorship, one piece in the programme being Haydn's "Surprise Symphony." Just before this commenced, Mr. Blair Oliphant, seeing many friends among the performers, said to Sir George, " Cannot you give me something to do ? " At this Sir George took up a handful of fire irons, handing them to him, saying, "You can clash these when I give you a signal." A few bars before the appointed place for the discharge, he looked round to see whether his friend was in readiness. This movement was, however, mistaken for …   more >>
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Lady Mary Elvey, Life and Reminiscences of Sir George J. Elvey (London, 1894), p. 224-225. accessed: 25 September, 2023

location of experience: Datchet

Listening to

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Surprise Symphony
written by Joseph Haydn
performed by Blair Oliphant

Experience Information

Date/Time 1874
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors

Originally submitted by Gill on Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:04:44 +0100
Approved on Tue, 22 Sep 2015 12:29:23 +0100