David Attenborough in Alexandra Palace - 1953

from Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster, pages 27-28:


The British public were hardly more prepared for the subject [folk music] than the American.  Victor Silvester and his Ballroom Orchestra and other bands led by such as Billy Cotton and Geraldo, with their ranks of saxophones and violins, were the dominant taste.  …   more >>

cite as

David Attenborough, Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster (London, 2009), p. 27-28. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1459198951135 accessed: 21 June, 2024

location of experience: Alexandra Palace


David Attenborough
naturalist, TV presenter, TV producer

Listening to

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Hebridean song to accompany 'waulkin'
written by Traditional
performed by Hebridean women

Experience Information

Date/Time 1953
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


David Attenborough produced Song Hunter, a series of programmes about folk music, for BBC TV in 1953. In this account he describes hearing the music live, as he was in the studio, but the song would, of course, have been heard by a wider audience as it was broadcast. Alan Lomax presented the series.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:02:31 +0100
Approved on Sun, 08 May 2016 11:43:24 +0100