in Royal Festival Hall - in the middle of 1965

from Southbank Centre Archive:

It was in the summer of 1965, and I was en-route from Wales for a holiday in Austria with my mother and my gran's brother - a favourite uncle - and we had to stay a night in London because of an early flight from Manston, of all places. We asked at the hotel for tickets to whatever was on at the Festival Hall and duly turned up. We sat at the front of the circle and, to my great delight as I had sung in 'Saint Nicholas' the previous winter, the concert was conducted by Benjamin Britten himself. I will always remember it. Rostropovich played the cello concerto. One of my life's great moments.

cite as

Southbank Centre (ed.), Southbank Centre Archive. In Southbank Centre Archive. accessed: 23 April, 2024 (Southbank Centre Archive,

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall

Listening to

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Cello Concerto
written by Benjamin Britten
performed by Benjamin Britten, Mstislav Rostropovich

Experience Information

Date/Time in the middle of 1965
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:48:32 +0000
Approved on Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:20:59 +0000