in Royal Festival Hall - 9 May, 1951

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I heard a symphony orchestra clearly, in all its glory, for the first time in my life, at the first ever afternoon concert performed in the brand new Royal Festival Hall, on Wednesday, 9th May, 1951.  This was only the sixth concert in the Hall's distinguished history of more than 50 years, so far.  Remember, we were back in the days before hi-fi or even a partial cure for the famous Albert Hall echo.  So Harry Blech's London Mozart Players were a revelation in their precision and clarity, playing a generous concert …   more >>

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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 7 July, 2022 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Mozart Concerto No 24 performed by Denis Matthews

Experience Information

Date/Time 9 May, 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Mon, 16 Nov 2015 16:41:12 +0000
Approved on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:58:39 +0000