22. June 2011 · Comments Off on Applause, Applause … Sometimes · Categories: Applause

A couple of weekends ago, a friend and I went to a Sunday morning concert at London’s Wigmore Hall. With a free glass of sherry included, it’s a refined way to deal with the excesses of the night before, and naturally the quality of the music is excellent.

My friend had never been to a classical concert before and she enjoyed the first movement, so much that when the music finished she started to clap loudly. My neighbour glared, the lady in front swivelled 180 degrees to raise her eyebrows and loud shushing came from behind. My friend slunk low in her seat, mortified. “Why don’t they put up a sign,” she whispered. “How was I meant to know?” It does seem peculiar that hacking, coughing and spluttering are permissible, but clapping – a gesture of support and goodwill – will apparently distract musicians and audience so much it’s unacceptable.

RTWT

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