in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

Having just arrived in London in 1956 from Hungary following the foiled uprising there, I was soon captivated by the - then - space age experience of this vast, magical bubble of music making.  As a medical student of limited means, I became a regular visitor to the choir stalls for 5 shillings (25p) a throw. Best experiences were Stephen Bishop (Kovacevich) playing the Diabelli Variations on a Sunday afternoon and Yasha Horenstein with Schubert.

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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Diabeli Variations performed by Stephen Bishop
written by Schubert
performed by Jascha Horenstein

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 Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:26:25 +0000
Approved on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:30:06 +0000