A short film about the early days of the Society in 1813
John Nash, Regent Street and the Philharmonic Society of London.
'The 1844 performances under Mendelssohn’s leadership were greatly in demand – Queen Victoria attended on 10 June.’
‘I am now writing a new symphony for the Philharmonic Society, and hope to have it finished within two weeks.’ (Beethoven to Archduke Rudolf, 1 July 1823)
The gift to the Society of Schaller’s bust of Beethoven, its arrival in London, and the realisation of the idea of a medal of merit are inextricably linked.
Wagner later described the piece as one ‘calculated to make the most overwhelming effect’ - he even envisaged a military band joining the orchestra for the finale.
‘It was agreed that a programme of ‘classical and modern works’ should be proposed to Klemperer, together with a fee of £80.’
In fact the concerts of the 1914-15 seasons started at 8p.m., but thereafter, with darkened streets and the risk of air raids, 6 or 6.15p.m. became the rule.