Virginia Woolf in London - 3 January, 1915

from The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, page 5:

We went to a concert at the Queens Hall, in the afternoon. Considering that my ears have been pure music for some weeks, I think that patriotism is a base emotion.  By this I mean (I am writing in haste, expecting Flora to dinner) that they played a national Anthem & a Hymn & all I could feel was the entire absence of emotion in myself & everyone else.

cite as

Virginia Woolf, and Anne Olivier Bell (ed.), The diary of Virginia Woolf. Vol.1, 1915-1919, volume 1 (Harmondsworth, 1979), p. 5. accessed: 1 March, 2024

location of experience: London


Virginia Woolf

Listening to

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written by George Frideric Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Richard Wagner
performed by Henry Wood

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 January, 1915
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


The footnote in the diary confirms the details of the concert: 'As was customary, the concert opened with the National Anthem; it was followed by 'O God Our Strength'. a hymn by the conductor, Sir Henry Wood, and works by Bach, Handel, Beethoven and Wagner.'

Originally submitted by Jo Reardon on Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:46:12 +0100
Approved on Sat, 19 Dec 2015 14:55:41 +0000