Anonymous et al. in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

After the excitement of the Festival of Britain I was keen to experience a concert at the new Concert Hall. I had been to the Proms in Kensington where I splashed out £19 for a season ticket to the Gallery. I managed to book for a concert on the Wednesday in the opening week of the Festival Hall and took Maggie my then girlfriend. Compared to the Albert Hall it all seemed so modern, spacious and luxurious. The only item in the programme that I remember was an Elgar symphony but the overall impression was overwhelming.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 13 July, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


Listening to

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Elgar Symphony
written by Edward Elgar

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 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:19:49 +0000
Approved on Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:34:13 +0000