Lionel Tertis in Free Trade Hall - 2 May, 1964

from My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis, page 125:

When I broached the subject [change the violas position in the orchestra] to my dear friend Sir John Barbirolli, he was as ever ready to probe into anything that might mean progress and generously arranged, together with the HallĂ© Society, to give the plan a trial, and this took place in the Free Trade Hall Manchester on 2 May 1964. The result of the trial was that the consensus of opinion did not entirely agree with my contention that better balance of tone in the normal position of the orchestra is particularly evident in passages when the brass and wind are playing with full force, …   more >>
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Lionel Tertis, My Viola and I: a complete autobiography / Lionel Tertis (Great Britain, 1974), p. 125. accessed: 15 July, 2024

location of experience: Free Trade Hall


Lionel Tertis

Experience Information

Date/Time 2 May, 1964
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Lionel Tertis advocated that the viola section should change its position to obtain a better sound and he tried to prove his point during a trial in Manchester, but there was no consensus between the audience.

Originally submitted by tlisboa on Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:22:48 +0000
Approved on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 13:58:41 +0000