Friday, 23 January 2015

Pricey Programmes



Programmes seem to have shot up in price in some places. Not a representative sample, but the ROH charges £7 – this seems extortionate;  Opera North at £5 also seems steep; Scottish Chamber Orchestra a reasonable £2.50; Glyndebourne tour £5 for three; Festival £20 for six but is much larger and doesn’t compare directly; Philharmonia £3.50 but this actually covers three or four performances; Wigmore Hall -varies £1+.

This came to mind after I inadvetently managed to buy a duplicate Philharmonia programme for myself and persuade my friend to buy one too. I said that it was only £3.50 and not worth cardiac arrest -especially given the vast sum paid to Lewes in advance for summer opera earlier in the day.

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