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FAQs and Concert Courtesy

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra welcomes audience members of all musical backgrounds and levels of expertise to our concerts. Attending your first concert need not be a daunting experience; we endeavour to make sure that all attendees enjoy our concerts and join us for many more in the future.

To ensure an enjoyable experience, we have the following tips for you. Most importantly, remember to relax, have fun and enjoy the performance; you may find yourself on a new and exciting musical journey.

Arrival Time

To ensure you experience all our concerts have to offer, it is best to arrive between 20 and 30 minutes before each performances commences. This will give you enough time to locate the correct door to find your seat, get a glass of wine or soft drink and relax after your day.

Latecomer policy

Entering at an inappropriate time can cause disturbance to your fellow audience members or the musicians, therefore entry to QSO performances is restricted once a performance has begun.

Latecomers will be admitted during a suitable break in the music or between pieces, and will be directed to the closest available seat. Latecomers may then move to their allocated seat during interval.

Arrive early!

To ensure you experience all our concerts have to offer, it is best to arrive between 20 and 30 minutes before the performance commences, or earlier if you wish to enjoy a drink, read the program notes, relax and have time to locate the correct door to find your seat.

If you arrive by 6.30pm, we encourage you to come along to our free pre-concert talks, presented prior to each Maestro concert.  If travelling on Friday or Saturday nights, we suggest allowing some extra time.

What should I wear?

The QSO audience are a diverse group of people. Our attendees vary their dress from smart casual to formal wear. We ask that you dress appropriately for the event you are attending and tailor your attire to suit the venue where the performance is taking place.

Mobile Phone and other electronic devices

We request that all mobiles and electronic devices be turned off before the concert begins. Interruptions from such devices can disturb both musicians and other patrons. Please also respect others by limiting talking, whispering, unnecessary coughing and paper rustling to ensure the enjoyment of all in attendance and for the performers onstage.

Photography and recording of the performance is also prohibited. From time to time some concerts are recorded and broadcast on ABC at a later date. Check the website for details or contact QSO reception (where available) if you would like to experience the performance again at a later date.

When to applaud

Pieces of music have specific sections, called movements. The musicians will pause after each of these movements. Applause is given at the end of each piece, rather than after a movement. Applause is also given to the soloist of each piece of music.

If you're unsure of when to applaud, please refer to your program for the end of each movement in the piece, or you can take a cue from your fellow audience members. If you're a little daunted by clapping, speak to a concert organiser for some further instruction.

Why does the orchestra Tune? Why does there need to be silence?

Many of the orchestral instruments that the performers play contain natural materials such as strings. Natural materials are sensitive to humidity and temperature, which causes them to lose pitch quickly. Silence is needed so the musicians can hear their instrument and the other members of the orchestra. During this time, the audience should remain as quiet as possible.