- Reject prejudice. Select the concert based on the programme rather than the performer and don’t always be led by the artist’s biography/reputation
- Support local and regional music-making: there’s plenty of it and it’s important to remember that the metropolis is not the only place where great music can be heard
- If you’ve enjoyed a concert, tell others and share your enthusiasm, especially with people who may be new to classical music (see 4 below)
- Go to concerts with friends, especially those who haven’t sampled classical music before
- Online reviews and blogs have real value. Read them. Don’t think the mainstream media always has the last word
- If you know musicians, support them by attending their concerts and buy their CDs – don’t expect friends to supply free tickets. (see 7 below)
- Musicians tend to command low or even no fees. Buy the goddam tickets (and CDs)!
- If you’ve enjoyed a performance, or recording, tell the artist! At places like Wigmore Hall, it’s easy to the Green Room afterwards to meet the performer/s. Alternatively, contact them on social media or email via their website. Go on – we really appreciate it!
- Please don’t tell musicians how to do their job: we are sensitive people who work extremely hard. And don’t ask “what’s your day job?” or hint that being a musician is some kind of superannuated hobby. It’s not, it’s a profession.
(Inspired by author Joanna Harris on Twitter)