“I first met Ida Haendel when I was Concert Manager at the Canberra School of Music and it was the mid ‘80’s when she was on an Australian Tour with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Pritchard. She was magnetic; a larger-than-life persona matched by the sheer artistry of her performance. I will never forget the concert. But now I am at the LPO and I have reviewed Ida’s work with this great London orchestra going back to its founder, Sir Thomas Beecham in 1939 and extending through 43 concerts to Leonard Slatkin in 1990. In between conductors included Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Henry Wood, Rudolph Dunbar, Charles Hambourg, Basil Cameron, Sir Malcolm Sargent, George Weldon, Carl Schuricht, Herbert Menges, Sir John Pritchard, Yevgeni Svetlanov, Bernard Haitink, Constantin Silvestri, Sir Charles Groves, Janos Furst, Serge Baudo and Franz Welser-Most. The repertoire is as broad in its range. What an achievement for an incomparable artist.”