in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Sitting in the orchestra seats at the farewell concert of Alfred Cortot when he played an all Chopin programme (his 24 preludes and studies, if I recall correctly). The reception from the audience was ecstatic and Cortot was recalled time and time again. I think he must have played at least 5 encores. Sir Thomas Beecham conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Seated in the orchestra seats his sing-a-long was very audible, but did not diminish the quality of the performance.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 17 July, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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written by Chopin
performed by Alfred Cortot, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:19:36 +0100
Approved on Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:41:15 +0000