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The Albert Hall, of course, is a joke. Nothing can be heard save the echo. Sir Thomas Beecham was once rehearsing there when the hammering of some workmen caused him to exclaim: ‘Splendid! They’re pulling the damned place down at last!’

Bernard Shore: The Orchestra Speaks (1938)

On a completely unrelated note, here’s my final despatch from the Presteigne Festival.

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