What to Expect

If you’re not sure what to wear, when to turn up, when to clap or what to do if you’re late, have a look at our handy guide below.
We want our audiences to feel 100% relaxed and enjoy the music, so if we’ve missed anything here, please drop us a line and ask!

Is there a dress code?

No, wear whatever you like.  Jeans and trainers are fine, but if you like the idea of dressing up - go for it!  Usually the only people wearing suits and shiny shoes are on the stage though!

Is there a minimum age?

We think anyone of secondary school age (11) and above will enjoy one of our concerts, though we try and make our concerts as accessible as possible.  Some of our performances are more suited towards younger audiences than others so, if in doubt - just ask.  Incidentally, there is no maximum age either!

When should I arrive?

We find that up to 20-30 minutes before the scheduled start time is a good time to arrive. The venue will be open and you will be able to find your seats, get comfortable and read through the programme before the music starts.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

In most cases yes, but it is cheaper to buy in advance through our website.  There is always the risk of a sell-out, so we would recommend that if you know you are definitely coming that you buy tickets in advance.

What if I’m late and the orchestra has already started?

There is usually someone on the door to let latecomers in, but we can't always guarantee this.

When do I clap?

It is customary to clap when the Conductor and the Leader of the Orchestra enter the stage, then after each piece.

If the piece the Orchestra is playing is in movements then it is customary to clap at the very end of the piece as a whole.  If you’re unsure of whether or not to clap, it’s usually best to wait for others to start!  If you want to display more appreciation at the end of the concert, feel free!

Can I take photographs?

Photo-taking whilst the music is playing can be distracting for the musicians and other audience members, but please snap away during the interval – we love seeing your selfies on social media!

Audio or video recording of music is often illegal, so we kindly ask that you refrain from this, even for your own personal use.

How long will the concert last?

It depends on the programme.  For most of our concerts, the first half will last for 35-45 minutes.  Then there will be a c.20 minute interval, and the second half will be another 45 minutes to an hour.  During each half you should be ready to stay in your seats (in other words, go to the toilet beforehand!).  You can move around freely in the interval for refreshments.  Any concerts which don’t follow this usual pattern will be highlighted on our website, advertising and social media channels.