This year was my 60th anniversary year never having missed a season since my first Prom in 1958. I still remember this concert, conducted by the late great Sir Malcolm Sargent on 26th July, mainly because of the final work, which was Tchaikovsky's Overture 1812. Towards the end of the coda, we could see from up "in-the-gods" that the base drum was getting very close to the edge of the podium and it was only the last minute brave intervention by the percussionist that saved it from toppling over. Whether Sir Malcolm was aware of this I am not sure but it was a great ending to what was to become a large part of my life for the next 60 years, mainly thanks to Sir Malcolm who gave me my great love for "classical" and for which I am eternally grateful.
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