Why are classical audiences so quiet?
Tom looks at how classical audiences are hooked on silence. We should, he says, relax in the concert hall, show our appreciation by clapping when we want to, and enjoy the music.
Tom looks at how modern audiences are hooked on silence in the concert hall. Citing a recent incident where the rustling of a sweet wrapper by an audience member in Malmo created a ruckus so powerful that it spilled spectacularly into a violent brawl, Tom will examine why silence is considered so important and noise so abhorrent in classical concerts.