Concert programmes from the 1950s

August 28, 2013

The Philharmonia player list for 25 November, 1954, accompanying David Oistrakh in the Khachaturian Violin Concerto under Norman del Mar
London Symphony Orchestra player list for 16 May, 1954, accompanying Nathan Milstein in Beethoven's Violin Concerto, conducted by Josef Krips
London Philharmonic Orchestra player list for 31 October, 1954, accompanying Yehudi Menuhin
Oistrakh's autograph on the programme for his recital 10 November, 1954, at the Royal Albert Hall, sponsored by the 'Society for Cultural Relations with the USSR'
Menuhin's autograph on the programme for the first of his three recitals of complete Beethoven sonatas, 10 December 1954. There seems to be a typo that he's circled as he's signed it. Note the warning: 'No smoking – not even Abdulla Virginia'
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra player list from 1 April, 1954

Programmes collected by the editor’s father in the 1950s shine a light on some of the forgotten heroes of the orchestral scene in London at the time. 

Did you know any of these players? Did you study with them? Share your memories and thoughts of this great generation of string players in the comments section below.

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