Audience's ignorant and unacceptable behaviour

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 March, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 March, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to 'Orchestral performance ruined by distractions' (South China Morning Post, February 25).

I quite agree with the writer's opinion because I shared the experience. Audience members do not want to be disturbed by unnecessary noises. However, if someone feels that the concert is boring, they can find some other way to entertain themselves.

I was a member of the Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra in the concert concerned. My friends told me that the noise came from children playing their Gameboys. Those ignorant children did not value the concert.

They did not know all the musicians had been working very hard for the performance. I would like to ask them to think about their unacceptable behaviour.

Some other audience members changed their seats during the intermission. This was unfair for those people who did not changed their seats.

The ushers tried to stop them, but, of course, in vain. There were not just one or two people changing seats, but a group. How could just a few ushers stop this from happening? During the concert, not all members had the opportunity to perform. Those not on stage would practise the next item backstage, not facing the audience. As the backstage area is small and close to the stage, the audience could easily hear what they were practising, owing to the lack of soundproofing.