Benjamin Britten et al. in Queen's Hall - 25 November, 1931, 08:15 PM

from Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938, page 90:

Go to B.B.C. Symph. Concert at 8.15. Sit first 1/2 in area - Haydn Symphony 88 (G) & Mozart Symph. Concertante (Sammons & Tertis (2nd rather disappointing)) - both played with over 60 strings!! Rather ragged & uninspired playing under Boult. 2nd Half in stalls with Bridges (speak to V. Williams, Howells & Bliss) Holsts's - Hammersmith* - interesting. but not H. at his best. Walton's Belshazzar's Feast (National Chorus - mod. good) - very moving & brilliant (especially 1st half) - but over long - & to continuously loud - I felt, Back via Bridges at 12.0
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John Evans (ed.), Journeying boy : the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten 1928-1938 (:London, 2009), p. 90. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1434117986552 accessed: 9 December, 2021

location of experience: Queen's Hall

Listeners

Benjamin Britten
Composer
1913-1976

Listening to

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Belshazzar's Feast
written by Sir William Walton
performed by National Chorus, Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52
written by Gustav Holst
performed by Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra
Symphony Concertante
written by Mozart
performed by Tertis, Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra, Albert Sammons
Symphony No. 88 in G
written by Joseph Haydn
performed by Adrian Boult, BBC Symphonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time 25 November, 1931, 08:15 PM
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

*The premiere of Holst's orchestral arrangement (1931) of his earlier work for military band, Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52 (1930).


Originally submitted by gkw on Fri, 12 Jun 2015 15:06:27 +0100
Approved on Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:22:46 +0100