What to Expect

If you’re not sure what to wear, when to turn up, when to clap or what to do if you’re late, have a look at our handy guide below.  We want our audiences to feel relaxed and able to concentrate fully on enjoying the music, so if we’ve missed anything here, please drop us a line and ask!

Is there a dress code?

No, you can wear whatever you like.  Jeans and trainers are fine, but equally if you like the idea of dressing up, this would also be acceptable.  Usually the only people wearing suits and shiny shoes are on stage though!

Is there a minimum age?

We think anyone of secondary school age (11) and above will enjoy a Sheffield Philharmonic concert and we try and make our concerts as accessible as possible.  Some of our performances are more suited towards younger audiences than others though so, if in doubt, just ask.  Incidentally, there is no maximum age either!

When should I arrive?

We find that up to 20-30 minutes before the scheduled start time is a good time to arrive. The venue will be open and you will be able to find your seats, get comfortable and read through the programme before the band begins.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

In most cases yes.  However, there is always the risk of a sell-out so we would always recommend that if you are definitely coming you buy tickets in advance.

What if I’m late and the orchestra has already started?

Don’t worry – there will be someone on the door who is able to help latecomers find their seats without making a fuss.  Please try not to be late though!

When do I clap?

It is customary to clap when the Conductor and the Leader of the orchestra enters the stage, then after each piece.  If the piece the orchestra is playing is in movements then it is customary to clap at the end of the piece -if you’re unsure of whether to clap, it’s usually best to wait for others to start!  If you want to display more appreciation at the end of the concert, feel free!

Can I take photographs?

Photo-taking whilst the music is playing can be distracting for the musicians and other audience members, but please snap away during the interval – we love seeing your selfies on social media!  Audio or video recording is illegal anywhere, so we kindly ask that you refrain from this, even for your own personal use.

How long will it last?

It depends on the programme.  For most of our concerts, the first half will last for 45 minutes to an hour.  Then there will be a 15-20 minute interval, and the second half will be another 45 minutes to an hour.  During each half you should be ready to stay in your seats – in other words, go to the toilet beforehand!  You can move around freely in the interval and go to get refreshments.  Any concerts which don’t follow this usual pattern will be highlighted on our website, advertising and social media channels.