Live: Roxburgh Hall, Stowe School, Buckingham

4.00pm, Thursday 4 April 1963 (51 years ago)

One of The Beatles’ more unusual live engagements, certainly for 1963: a performance at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.

Stowe School was a prestigious all-boys public school. The event came about after one of the pupils, David Moores from Liverpool, contacted Brian Epstein to see if The Beatles would consider performing. Epstein was impressed enough with Moores’ approach that he agreed to the booking.

The performance in the school’s Roxburgh Hall was unusual for another reason: the boys sat in neat rows watching the performance, without a single scream to be heard. Dezo Hoffman, a photographer who often accompanied The Beatles in 1963, captured the event on film.

A recording of The Beatles in conversation backstage after the performance was auctioned in Japan in 1997.

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