in Royal Festival Hall - between the 1950's and the 1990's

from Southbank Centre Archive:

I had heard all my live musical experiences at the RAH where the echoes were the norm and where I heard the RPO and Beecham at rehearsals from 1948-51.  In May 1951 in my last year as a Guildhall music student, I bought 2 tickets for Joan Hammond (soprano) and Claudio Arrau (pianist).  At the Joan Hammond performance, affording only the cheapest seat in the Grand Tier (being a student) I was amazed to hear the sound of Joan Hammond taking deep breaths between phrases.  I was astouded at the acoustic of the new …   more >>

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 29 November, 2021 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Classical concerts
written by Scarlatti, Chopin, Franz Liszt

Experience Information

Date/Time between the 1950's and the 1990's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:49:30 +0000
Approved on Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:36:33 +0000