Mr Hughes in St James's Hall - 29 June, 1878

from Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life, page 137:

But to return to the concert, I also conducted Wagner's Tannhauser Overture, and I remember with pleasure that Mr. Hughes, a member of the Covent Garden Orchestra, and the acknowledged best player living of the "ophicleide," paid me the great compliment of saying he had never heard it better performed. I can well remember the first performance in England of this overture at a New Philharmonic Concert on May 1st, 1854: I was playing in the orchestra. It is usually stated that it was first given at an Old Philharmonic Concert in 1855 under Richard Wagner's direction, which is incorrect.

cite as

Wilhelm Ganz, Memories of a Musician: Reminiscences of Seventy years of Musical Life. In Internet Archive (London, 1913), p. 137. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1436258886793 accessed: 18 August, 2022

location of experience: St James's Hall

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Overture to Tannhauser
written by Richard Wagner
performed by Wilhelm Ganz, New Philharmonic Orchestra London

Experience Information

Date/Time 29 June, 1878
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by sp327 on Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:48:06 +0100
Approved on Wed, 18 Nov 2015 14:14:35 +0000