Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Hallé takes a gamble

According to the BBC the Hallé are inviting people to pay what they like for one of their concerts. Payment is made after the performance. 
As a move to encourage new audiences, you are apparently allowed to come and go as you please, with drinks. See Hallé site. Top price usually £40. It would be a braver move for a large opera house, but a very interesting idea all the same.

Programme includes excerpts from:
Bach Suite No.3
Handel Water Music
Mozart Horn Concerto No.4
Beethoven Symphony No.5
Verdi The Force of Destiny
Wagner Siegfried's Funeral March
Stravinsky The Firebird
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Ligeti Concert Romanesc
Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

- See more at: http://www.halle.co.uk/pricelessclassics.aspx#sthash.Ga7Xgcnl.dpuf
Bach Suite No.3
Handel Water Music
Mozart Horn Concerto No.4
Beethoven Symphony No.5
Verdi The Force of Destiny
Wagner Siegfried's Funeral March
Stravinsky The Firebird
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Ligeti Concert Romanesc
Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Of course such moves are to be commended - everybody will respond to some kind of orchestral music in a meaningful way. But if it succeeds, how will regular ticket-holders and subscribers response to the come in and out as you like business? A great programme. What an introduction. The thought of sitting to Siegfried's Funeral March - one of the most intense moments in the Ring with fidgeting with wine glasses and coming in and out suggests keeping away would be a good idea.

As for what to pay? I never know. When it comes to opera, I would say that about quadruple whatever you think to actually cover the costs met by other sources.

Bach Suite No.3
Handel Water Music
Mozart Horn Concerto No.4
Beethoven Symphony No.5
Verdi The Force of Destiny
Wagner Siegfried's Funeral March
Stravinsky The Firebird
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Ligeti Concert Romanesc
Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

- See more at: http://www.halle.co.uk/pricelessclassics.aspx#sthash.Ga7Xgcnl.dpuf
Bach Suite No.3
Handel Water Music
Mozart Horn Concerto No.4
Beethoven Symphony No.5
Verdi The Force of Destiny
Wagner Siegfried's Funeral March
Stravinsky The Firebird
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra
Ligeti Concert Romanesc
Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine

- See more at: http://www.halle.co.uk/pricelessclassics.aspx#sthash.Ga7Xgcnl.dpuf

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