in Royal Festival Hall - between 10 May, 1951 and 1952

from Southbank Centre Archive:

On my first visit to the Hall, in May 1951, I was most struck by the large expanses of beautiful, glowing woodwork. I also recall the sense of wonder at standing in front of a huge glass wall only a matter of yards from the Hungerford Bridge, and yet being unable to hear the passing trains. The concerts which I attended during the London Festival of Britain Season (10 May - 30 June) were less than memorable; so it is fortunate that I still have the programmes to remind me! In spite of some better evenings later in the year, it was not until 1952, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 17 May, 2022 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Boston Symphony Orchestra performed by Cantelli, Herbert von Karajan, Boston Symphony
London Festival of Britain Season

Experience Information

Date/Time between 10 May, 1951 and 1952
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:03:57 +0000
Approved on Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:31:46 +0000