in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

My friend and I particularly liked to attend concerts conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, both for the performances musically and vocally. He always addressed the audience before a concert. On one occasion he waddled on, rather like a penguin, and addressed us: "The BBC has  invited me to conducted this concert. The BBC has selected the programme; so if you have any comments or complaints, please send them to the BBC, not me". We roared with laughter  and applauded, in happy, convivial, intimate mood to enjoy the music that followed.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 29 February, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Classical concerts performed by Sir Thomas Beecham

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, 24 Nov 2015 15:11:59 +0000
Approved on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:48:01 +0000