in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I had just told my parents that I had become engaged. There was a sense of shock and disbelief. Nevertheless the family decided to celebrate, and we all came to the Festival Hall (some for the first and only time). The concert was Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Klemperer; the first performance, I believe, with the new Philharmonia Chorus. As that magnificent, incomparable sound blazed out in the 4th movement, we felt it as a glorious benediction on our forthcoming marriage. It was the concert of …   more >>

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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 24 June, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Beethoven's 9th Symphony
written by Beethoven

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 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:10:40 +0000
Approved on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:27:07 +0000