Benjamin Britten in Royal Festival Hall - between 1950 and December, 1959

from Southbank Centre Archive:

In 1951 for the Festival of Britain, I was a member of the Watford Boys' Grammar School Choir which performed in this newly opened hall and the concert was broadcast. We sang Britten's "Spring Symphony" and I was specially chosen for a solo part for my whistling ability. We also met the composer. I also remember that there was a particularly wonderful view from the side entrance of the railway line into Charing Cross and watching the engines using the sidings which existed alongside the Hall. But in December 1959, after attending a concert in the Hall, outside the hall and opposite the …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 22 April, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


Benjamin Britten

Listening to

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Spring Symphony
written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Watford Boys' Grammar School Choir

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1950 and December, 1959
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Tue, 10 Nov 2015 15:43:36 +0000
Approved on Thu, 21 Jan 2016 11:52:36 +0000