Piano Recital Etiquette for Audience Members
What is the main thing the audience member should do during a recital?
Hello, my name is Caroline Welles and I am going to talk about audience etiquette at recitals on behalf of About.com.The whole thing being an audience is to respect the performer that you have come to see and to respect what they are playing. Most, in fact, all performers need to know that their audience is paying attention to them. So when you walk on stage to have an audience who applaud as you walk on stage that is immensely encouraging, and of course, as a performer, we bow and acknowledge that applause. And then, to have an audience who are quiet throughout the concert is also what as a performer we need to happen.Sometimes it is inevitable that perhaps, if you are playing a three movement sonata somebody who is new to the world of recital might clap after the first movement and, in fact, sometimes you hear that during the promenade concerts. That is not too bad, I think, because I think performers feel very encouraged to know that an audience have enjoyed the first movement. The main thing, I think, for an audience to remember is to respect the performer and also to respect the music you are hearing and to pay attention and maybe not keep looking at your watch either as I had audiences do on occasions. So the whole thing is to respect.