in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

As a student at Goldsmiths, we in the Music Dept. were allowed to attend orchestral rehearsals at the almost completed R.F.H. Two in particular - John Barbirolli rehearsing the Hallé - finally stopping in exasperation when yet another handbag crashed to the floor - a comment on the number of women in the orchestra! And Sir Thomas Beecham - reputed to dislike the venue - during a rehearsal plagued by unwanted percussion behind the scenes throwing down his baton and refusing to continue until the culprit was found. The appearence of Vaughan Williams during the 'Symphony Antartica' …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 21 February, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Symphony Antartica, Symphony no. 7
written by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Classical performed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Hallé Orchestra, Sir Thomas Beecham, Giovanni Battista

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 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:10:43 +0000
Approved on Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:25:38 +0000