The other notable thing is the price ~ 10p these day a program like this ( heavy bound quality print A4 ) would cost more like £2:00 -£3:00. But then only a couple of years earlier and that would have been 2 shillings!
There were of course several interesting things that came up at the reunion, not least that I have changed rather a lot since I was playing in CYPO, yet nobody made anything of my transition. Indeed it was with a great deal of (I hope well hidden) glee that I heard my self referred to simply as a "tall blond"
If you click and enlarge this picture you can see me behind my tuba, but you would be hard pressed to recognise me from the woman I have grown up to become.
Fairfield Hall itself is the concert hall part of the Fairfield Halls, and complex including galleries and the Ashcroft theater in central Croydon. Opened in 1962 it still felt very new in 1973 and with a sell out audience of around 1,800 it can have a great atmosphere. Even now it is recognised as a prestigious venue with a good acoustic.
Arthur Davison lived locally and was a recognised working conductor, although he never hit the big time with any major professional orchestras he regularly worked with the RPO, and made several quite successful recordings. A few years later he was to be awarded the CBE for his services to youth music. Lady Evelyn Barbirolli was the widow of Sir John Barbirolli they were one of the leading couples in English music and at this time she was very much a "Grande Dame", we were very privileged to have a soloist of this quality and reputation work with us.
Interestingly one of our oboe players at that concert Paul Goodwin, later went on to be a world recognised soloist and a leading light of early music in his own right.
Most if the players in that inaugural concert went on to work in music, some with greater success than others. Certainly amongst our number there are conductors, soloists, chamber musicians, publishers,members of leading international orchestras, teachers and even the odd gigging tuba player.
It was only about eighteen months after this concert that we made our first broadcast, as the Youth Orchestra in BBC Radio Three's series "Great Orchestras of the World".
Looking at these old programs has brought back so many memories, and there are many stories from that time that I could relate, but I will try to resist that temptation. However I do rather hope that somebody will step up and organise another reunion, only this time include all us old folks as well.