David Attenborough in Royal Festival Hall - September, 1965

from Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster, page 206:

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cite as

David Attenborough, Life on air : memoirs of a broadcaster (London, 2009), p. 206. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1459203861083 accessed: 14 July, 2024

location of experience: Royal Festival Hall


David Attenborough
naturalist, TV presenter, TV producer

Listening to

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written by Igor Stravinksy
performed by New Philharmonia Orchestra, Igor Stravinksy

Experience Information

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


David Attenborough was listening to the performance live in the Festival Hall, but the concert was televised by BBC2, and his account seems to draw on memories of both the live and the televised performance. He recalls the concert as being given by the London Symphony Orchestra, but other sources say that it was the New Philharmonia Orchestra.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 28 Mar 2016 23:24:21 +0100
Approved on Sun, 08 May 2016 12:10:45 +0100