Princess Elizabeth in Royal Festival Hall - between 30 May, 1956 and 1997

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I am an American who attended his first RFH event on May 30, 1956--Joseph Kripps conducting, Claude [Claudio] Arrau piano, in an all-Beethoven program (Piano Concerto #1, Symphonies #2 & 5.  It was basically my introduction the UK, on the first of my subsequent 44 tips [trips] to the UK.  My late wife and I sat just below the Queen in the Royal Box in 1997 when the various bands of the Guard performed.  I attended my last (but not my last) RFH performmance two weeks before the reconstruction began.  I am …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 21 June, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


Listening to

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Piano Concerto No 1
written by Beethoven
performed by Joseph Kripps, Claudio Arrau
Bands of the Guard

Experience Information

Date/Time between 30 May, 1956 and 1997
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Fri, 04 Dec 2015 18:04:52 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:42:00 +0000