in Royal Festival Hall - the 1950's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I have noticed the brief article in BBC Music Magazine about the Royal Festival Hall's refurbishment and inviting readers' sepcial [sic] memories and I do hope that I am not too late to share mine. In 1956 I was an 18 year old National Serviceman and was posted to North Weald near Epping for the 18 months left of my service - just up the Central Line from London - what an opportunity for a someone from the culltural desert of Cumberland as it then was. Until then I only had the radio to listen to and enjoy any decent music and hear …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 16 June, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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C major symphony
written by Franz Schubert
performed by George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra
9th Symphony
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Aase NordmoLovberg, Christa Ludwig, Hans Hotter, Waldemar Kmennt
Four Last Songs
written by Johann Strauss
performed by Lisa Della Casa
Music of Delius
written by Delius
performed by Sir Thomas Beecham
Emperor Concerto
written by Beethoven, Beethoven
performed by Claudio Arrau
Damnation of Faust
written by Berlioz
performed by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

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, 01 Dec 2015 10:40:45 +0000
Approved on Thu, 03 Dec 2015 17:27:00 +0000