nutnut wrote:MY son has just started wanting classical music on the radio (92.4) when he goes to bed and I'd love to take him out to the symphony to see a real concert.
What's the script, having never ever been to a classical music concert anywhere in the world, is it very formal? Would a 5 year old with a loud voice be welcome? Do we have to dress up or is it informal attire? and so on.
I mean after all, we are going to appreciate the music, not a fashion show!
Hmm depends on the events hosted by the Esplanade. I have been to both philharmonic and the smaller recitals. Here, the orchestra requires you to dress formally (covered shoes and collared shirts for males and 'acceptable wear' for female), of course, no noise is allowed and punctuality is highly treasured here (if you are late they will only let you in after intermission at the fifteenth minute.
As for the smaller recitals, the dress code is usually more relaxed but the same code of conduct is expected (silence and punctuality).
Of course, 5-year-olds are always welcomed (and sometimes they can get cheaper tickets) as long as they are able to remain quiet and well behaved throughout the entire performance. I have seen children behaving better than adults in recitals here
If you are interested, you can always check Esplanade's official website (sorry can't paste link here, using mobile now) for updates and news of upcoming performances. I would recommend you to bring your child to the recitals. It is less stressful for children with more room to breathe for parents.
Sometimes I have friends performing from NAFA, SPO and MMS in Esplanade, few times even with kids performing. If you are interested, I can PM info if I know of any recital coming up.