in Royal Festival Hall - 1951

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I am old enough to have visited the Festival of Britain in 1951 and the Royal Festival Hall from the time it was opened. My strongest memories are the concerts conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham, largely because of his pre-concert speeches and his inimitable wit. On one occasion he waddled onto the platform in his penguin style and turned to address the audience. In his slightly speaky but perfectly pronounced diction: 'The B - B - C (each letter followed by a profound silence) have invited me to conduct this concert. The B - B - C has…   more >>

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Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 8 August, 2022 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

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Classical concerts performed by Sir Thomas Beecham

Experience Information

Date/Time 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:17:43 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Jan 2016 18:32:07 +0000