anonymous in Royal Festival Hall

from Southbank Centre Archive:

"The Festival Hall was the first place I heard live classical music, when I came up to University in London in 1971. The very first concert is still imprinted on my mind - Haitink and the LPO doing Mahler 3 - not a bad start! I have a clear memory of the contralto - Norma Proctor - whose voice in the ""O Mensch"" movement effortlessly filled the hall. I had never heard anything like it. And never looked back - Mahler became something of an obsession. "

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 27 February, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall



Listening to

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symphony no 3
written by Gustav Mahler
performed by Norma Proctor, Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:05:43 +0000
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:11:16 +0000