in Royal Festival Hall - 1953

from Southbank Centre Archive:

In 1953 my mother took me age nine and my sister, eleven, for our first visit to London. We were taken to a matinee performance of Tchaikovksy's 'The Nutcracker'. I will always remember after the interval, the curtains opening to a most magical scene. Glittering snow was falling and at the rear of the stage raised on a dias, shimmering in the lights was the Sugar Plum Fairy, poised on pointe and as still as a statue. My mother often recalled the 'Ohhhh' gasped in wonder. As an adult I have attended many wonderful performances at the…   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 4 October, 2023 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Ballet Suite, The Nutcracker, Op. 71a
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky

Experience Information

Date/Time 1953
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Sat, 05 Dec 2015 20:10:35 +0000
Approved on Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:04:32 +0000