SCOT­TISH TRI­UMPH

BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS - Alec Macdon­ald, White­head

Peter Haydn Pike is mis­taken (Let­ters, September) in stat­ing that the USSR State Sym­phony Orches­tra failed to ap­pear at the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val after the in­va­sion of Cze­choslo­vakia in 1968. In fact, after their Proms ap­pear­ance, the orches­tra gave a mem­o­rable con­cert in Usher Hall. It was not just mem­o­rable for the su­perb per­for­mances, but also for the re­quest that we should re­frain from ap­plause. This re­quest my friends and I felt un­able to ac­cede to, as ev­i­denced by a pho­to­graph that ap­peared in the fol­low­ing day’s Scots­man news­pa­per!

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