This is a snap of Doug Shaw taken I believe, in the late autumn of 1967. It’s a scanned copy of a photo I took 44 years ago on a pretty basic camera, time has deteriorated the print, nevertheless looking at this photo, those with long memories will remember Doug, hopefully as I do, as an exceptional teacher.
The picture was taken in the ‘restaurant’ of the Royal Festival Hall on a miserable cold wet Saturday Morning. A selection of us youngsters regularly made our way separately to the festival hall to meet up there with Doug attending a series of classical music concerts. ‘Concerts For Children’, a series organised and produced by Sir Robert Mayer CH, KCVO. The concerts were a great experience. More than just listening to music, there was explanation of composition, the story behind them, such pieces as ‘Peter and the wolf’, ‘The young persons guide to the orchestra’, the ‘Clock symphony’, the ‘Surprise Symphony’, recalling just a few. There would be interaction between the conductor and what seemed like thousands of school children. It was tuition but felt like entertainment.
In those days my parents never needed a moments concern as I travelled to London on the underground to attend from the age of eleven. Times have changed, would we today send eleven year olds off, long distance on the underground to London for a day, with no form of communication? I for one wouldn’t.