Leonard Bernstein conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in an exceptional archive

In 1966, Leonard Bernstein and the London Symphony Orchestra gave a sensational performance of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” for BBC Television. The venue was the Fairfield Hall, noted for its excellent acoustics, situated in the South London Borough of Croydon.

At that time in Britain, Bernstein was mainly known as the composer of the much acclaimed musical West Side Story and little was known of his conductor activities.