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Is this your first time attending an Orchestre de Paris concert at the Philharmonie de Paris?

Do you want to learn more about the orchestra and what happens during a concert?
You will find answers to the most commonly asked questions here.

Do I need to do any background research before going to a concert?

No specialist musical knowledge is required to enjoy a concert. If you wish to learn more about the programme before attending, we suggest you consult our website. Each concert page contains audio recordings as well as interviews or video excerpts from rehearsals. A complete printed programme is handed out free of charge the evening of the concert. This programme is also sent by email 24 hours before the start of the concert (these are the programme E-notes).

Is there a dress code?

You are welcome to wear whatever you like.

At what time should I arrive?

We advise that you arrive 30 minutes before the start of the concert. This gives you time to collect pre-paid tickets at the box office if you haven’t received them by post, leave your coat in the cloakroom (no charge), admire the architecture of the building and read the programme notes (available free of charge).

What happens if I arrive late?

In order to guarantee a quality listening experience and avoid disturbing the artists and the audience, you will be admitted to the auditorium during the interval (if there is one).

Is there a cloakroom?

Yes, free of charge. All large objects must be checked.

Will there always be an interval, and how long does it last?

In most instances there is a twenty-minute interval. Certain concerts however may have only a single work on the programme, in which case there is no interval.

When should I applaud?

Traditionally, during a concert the audience will clap at two key moments: when the musicians first come on stage as a sign of welcome, and at the end of each work to express appreciation. Even though most works performed are made up of several separate movements between which the players will briefly take a pause, it is customary at the Orchestre de Paris to applaud only at the end of a complete work in order not to break up its unified structure. It is often possible to judge the right moment to applaud by carefully observing the expressions of the musicians and the conductor. When in doubt, simply wait until the rest of the audience begins to clap and then join in.

Are photography or video recordings permitted during the concert?

Because of copyright laws and in order not to disturb the musicians or other concertgoers, it is not allowed to take photographs or record videos during performances.

What happens if I can’t make it to the concert I booked?

Tickets can be exchanged once, by post only, for concerts that are sold out. Customer service must receive the tickets 48 hours before the date indicated on them at the following address:  [Customer Service] Service des relations avec le public, Orchestre de Paris, 191 boulevard Sérurier, 75019. Tickets may be exchanged for others of a similar or higher value (with the difference to be paid by the client), with an exchange fee of 2€ per ticket (no exchange fee for subscribers).

Is it possible to bring children to concerts?

The minimum age for attending a concert is 3 years old. Each concertgoer must be able to remain seated quietly during the entire performance. As part of our educational outreach for young people we offer family concerts that provide an opportunity to discover the classical repertory in a fun and innovative way. These concerts generally take place on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Where can I find out the latest news about the Orchestre de Paris and its upcoming concerts?

All the latest news about the Orchestre de Paris is available on our website. You may also sign up for our monthly newsletter in which all the Orchestra’s news and concerts are included.

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What is a Symphony Orchestra?

There are several types of orchestras, which differ both in their repertory and in the nature and number of the instruments of which they are made up. They include concert bands, brass bands and jazz ensembles, but the symphony orchestra, designed to perform "classical" music, is the largest and most varied. It is made up of four families of instruments: the strings, both bowed (violins, violas, cellos and double basses) and plucked (harp); the woodwinds (flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons); the brass (French horns, trumpets, trombones and tubas) and the percussion (drums, cymbals and the triangle). It is often contrasted with the chamber orchestra, distinguished by its smaller size (up to 30 musicians). The symphony orchestra derives its name from the musical category invented for it:  the symphony, from the Greek "syn" (with) and "phôné" (sound). Led by a conductor who ensures all the musicians play as a unified ensemble, the orchestra also performs overtures, concertos, tone poems and ballet suites. 

How big is the Orchestre de Paris?

The Orchestre de Paris currently numbers 119 musicians on a permanent basis along with 140 regular singers in the Orchestre choir.

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Orchestre de Paris
191 Boulevard Sérurier - 75935 Paris cedex 19