Going to a classical concert is very exciting indeed, but for a first-timer it can be quite confusing. The ambiance in a classical concert is very different than, let's say, a rock concert. The attire is more formal, the audience are expected to stay quiet during the performance and sudden outbursts of appreciation are generally frowned upon. However, watching a classical concert can be a very enjoyable and memorable experience if you keep these simple tips in mind:
1. Dress appropriatelyWhat you wear depends on the type of concert you are going to. Since we're talking about classical concerts, it's best to wear something that's in between; not too casual and yet not too formal. For example, wear something that you would to a job interview or a business meeting. It's also advisable not to wear hats as this will obstruct the view of the person behind you.
2. Mind your timeMake sure that you arrive before the concert starts. This will give you enough time to find your assigned seat. Also, stay in your seat until the end of the performance. Standing up, wandering about or leaving the concert hall before the end of a performance is disrespectful.
3. Stay quietThis is the most important rule in concert etiquette. As best you can, avoid talking, whispering, whistling, singing along or humming to the music while the concert is ongoing so as not to distract other people. Listening attentively to the music and paying attention to the performers on stage will help you appreciate the concert more.
4. Stay stillOf course nobody expects you to sit perfectly still; however, stretching while you're seated, tapping your feet, cracking your knuckles or chewing gum are inappropriate. These actions also distract other viewers and the musicians themselves. Try your best to stay put while the concert is ongoing.
5. Alarm offIf possible, leave items like cellphones and wristwatches with alarms at home. If you really need to bring these things with you, make sure to turn it off or set it to vibrate/silent mode before the concert starts.
6. Flashes off
Flash photography is usually not allowed during concerts. The reason behind this is the flash from your camera can distract the musicians. Other items like camcorders and camera phones are usually not allowed and may pose copyright violations. When in doubt, ask organizers first before you use these gadgets.