David Attenborough in Tokyo - the 1960's

from Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster, pages 190-191:

The symphony [Tchaikovsky’s Fourth] formed the second half of the concert.  After the interval, Ken and I in our best suits silently filed on to the platform with the French horns and took our place alongside them.  The camera, draped with all the cloth we could find to muffle its sound, stood alongside Ken like some unfamiliar addition to the percussionist’s battery.  Ken …   more >>

cite as

David Attenborough, Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster (London, 2009), p. 190-191. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1459202169060 accessed: 23 May, 2024

location of experience: Tokyo


David Attenborough
naturalist, TV presenter, TV producer

Listening to

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Symphony No. 4
written by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1960's
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


David Attenborough filmed the London Symphony Orchestra on tour in Japan. He particularly wanted to film the closing section of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony from the orchestra, in order to gain a face-on view of the conductor. Both he and the cameraman, Ken, sat in the orchestra to do this, so that Attenborough could signal the correct point at which to start the camera.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 28 Mar 2016 22:56:09 +0100
Approved on Sun, 08 May 2016 12:04:49 +0100