Tag Archives: Audience

Pick of the Week: 18 March

Instagramming your food makes it yummier
It’s probably the same for concerts, right?

Chinese theatres are shining LASERS at people who use their phones in concerts.
Don’t worry, you can always use your phone at CLS concerts without fearing the laser eye – in fact we encourage it! #concert #nofilter #livetweet #greatsolo #intervaldrinks

Even more research that taking part in music is super healthy
Don’t cancel your gym membership just yet but if you’re looking to boost your happy thoughts music is one of the best ways of doing so.

..and finally this is a forest xylophone and it’s very relaxing:


Pick of the Week – 29 January

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

Ed Vaizey: ‘no excuse’ for lack of diversity in British orchestras

Two weeks ago we wrote about positive action in classical music. The culture minister has now added his voice to the call for orchestras to do more to become more ethnically diverse; “I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to see people from all our communities reflected in our arts”.

Repeating some lessons

Every few months it seems someone new is warning us that classical music is dying out, only to be contradicted almost immediately by someone else saying that classical music is doing better than ever. One thing that’s clear, though, is that classical music’s audiences are changing. In this blog, Greg Sandow discusses ways music organisations can keep up with that change.

Dutch police smashed an opera singer’s front door in because they thought he was screaming in agony

And finally! On the one hand this is an hilarious story. On the other hand, it’s not the best review of this poor man’s singing!


Classical Concert Etiquette: A Guide

In response to yet another bad news day for classical music audiences, our excellent Chief Executive Matthew Swann has been on the case, weighing up the goods and the bads of concert etiquette…

There’s been a bit of toing and froing this week (and arguably for the past few hundred years) about audience behaviour and etiquette at classical music concerts. A friend of Gillian Moore’s, Head of Music at the Southbank Centre, was poked in the shoulder and then given short shrift by a fellow concert goer at a classical concert for moving her head in time to the music. The very thought! Moving to music!

In response, the writer behind Accidento Bizarro blog penned this response, saying that classical audiences all just need to calm down and loosen up.

In all seriousness, Gillian’s berating party sounds like they were just being rude and I’m in complete sympathy with her friend who found themselves unnecessarily and unfairly humiliated by misplaced ire. I’m also glad that Gillian’s patience finally snapped and she gave the berater such an excellent response, reminding them that if she and her friend had been first-time concert-goers that was yet more people lost to classical music.

Ultimately I think that Accidento and Gillian are kind of arguing the same point, but it got me thinking about some of my more extreme audience experiences – both as a promoter/producer and as a fellow audience member, and how we might deal with the wider question, in advance of our first CLoSer of the season next week.

I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve been to a huge variety of performances, from the formality of Glyndebourne to the semi-organised chaos of Non-classical at La Scala, which while all falling under the loose title of classical music (and one jazz example, following Accidento’s lead) are incredibly diverse in their nature.

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Retrospective: CLoSer – Ljova

Our two-week collaboration with the fantastic New York composer and musician, Ljova kicked off yesterday with the final CLoSer concert of our Émigré series at Village Underground. We loved getting to know Ljova and his atmospheric music, as well as his wife and singer, Inna Barmash who joined the Orchestra for some Klezmer-inspired vocal numbers.

We received some fantastic feedback on Twitter and Instagram from the concert, which we thought we’d share post-concert, as well as some of our favourite snaps! And don’t forget – the whole concert is available to watch for free via our live stream until Wednesday 6 May on our website and YouTube channel

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Audience Feedback: Natural / Supernatural

With Tavener, Messiaen and Arvo Pärt still in our ears and the images of London’s most beautiful venues still in our minds, we’re in a nostalgic mood here at CLS, reminiscing about our recent Natural / Supernatural concert series. It was a great success and we received some lovely feedback too via our Twitter page and audience questionnaires. With such wonderful comments, we thought it would be rude not to share them, so here they are in the form of a pretty Wordle:


Upcoming Concerts:

Beyond the Premiere: Michael Collins & Gwilym Simcock
15 May 2014, 8pm
Turner Sims, Southampton
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