Concert-going Tips

Attending an orchestral concert can be a marvelous experience. As a member of the audience, there are a few things you can do to make it a truly rewarding and enjoyable one:

  • Before a concert takes place, you are encouraged to attend any lectures, workshops or other events related to a particular concert that we have organized for you. In a pre-concert talk, you will learn more about the music that you are going to hear at the concert, from its background and history and even interesting stories of the composer and the work. In a master class, you will meet the performer and learn about their artistry and their insights into their music world. Pre-concert talks are free before the Swire Maestro Series. You can also join Club Bravo to attend members-only activities.

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the performance time. Usually the venue lets audiences in about 15 minutes early. You can take this opportunity to read the house programme and make yourself comfortable before the concert. You can also store any large items at the cloakroom instead of carrying them into the concert hall.

  • Before the concert begins, please remember to switch off your mobile phone and any other beeping device. Only then can you focus on the performance and will neither disturb other people or the performers during the concert.

  • During the concert, please avoid making unnecessary noise and refrain from chatting. If you must leave the concert hall, please wait until a break between two movements or at the end of the work. These are signs of respect to the performers and other audience members.

  • To show your appreciation, you are welcome to applaud at the end of each work or group of works. On the programme page and in the programme notes, you will able to read whether the work contains one or more than one movement or section. If it is a symphony or a concerto, it will usually contain more than one section. If so, please remain silent in between movements and do not clap until the end of the whole work. Sometimes, several songs will be performed as a group too (such as Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss). Even though we might be eager to show our appreciation, the mood and the flow of the music might be disrupted if we applaud at an inappropriate moment. However, at the end of the work you are free to clap, shout 'Bravo!', or even give a 'standing ovation' (standing up in your seat while clapping), if you really want to thank the performers for their wonderful performance!