Concert-goers left in the dark

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 March, 2000, 12:00am

I have for many years attended classical music concerts at the Cultural Centre.

Last season the management began the exceedingly irritating habit of dimming the house lights between pieces to the point where the auditorium is virtually in total darkness. Previously I had used these few minutes to read the programme notes for the next piece. This is now impossible.

Are we supposed to read and memorise the programme notes before the start of the concert? There have also been announcements requesting members of the audience to refrain from clapping between movements. How are the members of the audience, who do not know the pieces being played, supposed to check how many movements there are in the darkness? Can anyone from the Cultural Centre tell me whether there is a valid reason for this 'lights out' policy? THERESA NEUMANN Mid-Levels