in Royal Festival Hall - between 12 June, 1951 and 23 September, 1960

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I remember my first visit to the RFH on June 12th 1951. We sat right at the back of the Grand Tier. The programme (which I sill have) consisted of Elgar - The Music Makers and Dypan (?) The Canterbury Pilgrims and I wonder how many times the Dypan has been performed since. The most memorable concert in the early days was the Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 played by the Leningrad Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mravinoky (?) on September 23rd 1960. This time I sat near the front of the stalls and the performance and the sound was shattering - never to be forgotten!

cite as

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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The Canterbury Pilgrims
written by George Dyson
The Music Makers
written by Edward Elgar
Symphony no. 8
written by Dmitri Shostakovich
performed by Yevgeny Mravinsky, Leningrad Symphony Orchestra

Experience Information

Date/Time between 12 June, 1951 and 23 September, 1960
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Mon, 07 Dec 2015 18:53:09 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Jan 2016 22:11:18 +0000