Mirga at the Fairfield Halls?
A prime example of classical musicians hunting in packs is provided by the baying pack led by Norman Lebrecht who are hunting the management at Croydon's beleaguered Fairfield Halls. First a dodgy citizen journalist passes judgement on the Halls. Now Stormin' Norman castigates the management for presenting wrestling. Which conveniently overlooks that the Royal Albert Hall, the home of the world's largest classical festival, has hosted wrestling for more than 100 years and recently hosted the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament.
In his latest snipe Norman declares 'Not a peep of music'. So instead of sniping let's hear what he would do to kick start classical music at a suburban venue where the adjacent car park is currently closed and there is no budget to attract the celebrity ensembles that pull audiences. As classical's big hitter surely Norman could persuade Mirga and the CBSO to relaunch the Halls, and for the boilerplate four star CBSO review to appear on Slipped Disc.
There are quite enough histrionic photos of you know who online. So instead I have essayed a graphic of a piece of Fairfield Halls history. Jascha Horenstein recorded that stunning Tod und Verklärung with the LSO at the Fairfield Halls in 1972 for Unicorn. Bob Auger engineered the sessions and the sound shows just what an acoustically stunning venue it is; even if, as Slipped Disc points out, the pizza is crap. (The Hindemith coupling was recorded at Walthamstow Town Hall.) Oh, and sorry about the click bait headline. New Overgrown Path posts are available via RSS/email by entering your email address in the right-hand sidebar. Any copyrighted material is included for critical analysis, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s).