Phones at concerts? People are not living in the moment

Phones at concerts? People are not living in the moment

Soprano Claire Rutter has given the Sunday Telegraph full details of the telephone pest who dogged her performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral.

She said: ‘People are not living in the moment and enjoying the experience of the music. This should not be happening in a professional setting – a theatre, opera house or cathedral, where a serious performance is going on. That’s when it’s just distracting. It’s also quite rude and disrespectful to the people around you because sometimes people are holding their cameras up and blocking the view for people behind them.’

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra defended its phones-on policy, saying ‘Audience numbers have increased by 8 per cent since last season.’

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