Colston Hall audiences were treated to music chosen by Barbirolli himself, pieces which he would pick “if it were the last concert he was going to conduct”.
The Hallé Orchestra opened the concert with Vaughan Williams’ ethereal ‘Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis’, which was followed by ‘Intermezzo’ from Fenimore & Gerda by Delius and Debussy’s ‘Three Symphonic Sketches, La Mer’. The evening rounded off with Elgar’s ‘Symphony No.2 in E flat’.
Of the evening, Reginald Redman of the Bristol Evening Post said,
“The conductor’s personal warmth and flexibility combined with the consistently fine playing in all sections of the orchestra made the evening something to remember.”