Sir Malcolm Sargent/ Alicia Markova

Jennifer Newing

Unforgettable experience

I came to my first promenade concert at the age of 8 years and afterwards met Sir Malcolm at the Stage Door, and I still have his autograph 66 years later; he only signed one that night.

Another great memory is seeing Alicia Markova dance and going to her dressing room, when she gave me a rose from her bouquet.

I was given these opportunities because the commissionaire at the Stage Door was a neighbour in Egham, so I often came on my own! 

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