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A Snapshot of Glasgow in October–November 1962

Glasgow’s major state-owned concert venue – St Andrews Hall – was destroyed in a fire on Friday 26 October 1962, following a boxing match staged in the venue.1 The Scottish National Orchestra (SNO), the organisation most affected by the fire, was forced to cancel two concerts and to move to the unused City Halls, Candleriggs, the refurbishment of which was subsequently funded by the Glasgow Corporation.2 However, alongside SNO concerts – including programmes featuring Gilbert and Sullivan, Beethoven, Mozart and Rachmaninov (3/6-7/6, or ‘six concerts for the price of five’ season tickets) – classical concerts were also promoted by the Corporation of Glasgow and smaller groups such as the Milngavie Music Club, Bellahouston Musical Society and the Glasgow Society of Organists. Other venues included the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the University of Glasgow and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, as well as smaller churches, academies and halls. Scotland also benefited from the Arts Council initiative ‘Opera for All’. Scottish Opera was established by Sir Alexander Gibson in June 1962, with performances at the King’s Theatre.