Not in the Royal Albert Hall, of course. Except in intervals.
But if I’m watching a concert on telly at home and it has failed to grip my ear or has thrown up an incident of general interest, why should I or anyone else wait for the time delay of a newspaper review to describe what happened? If it worked in the Royal Wedding, why not the Proms?
It is surely high time for the concert world to adjust to social media?
In the June issue of The Strad I raise the question of musicians tweeting during a performance:
String players are likely to have their fingers occupied most of the time, but the piccolo has long periods of staring at ceiling and the percussion can go half an hour without a bash. Would we mind it awfully if they tweeted the world that maestro X was playing a blinder, or that he was lagging as usual two pages behind the band? Music, we keep getting told, must adjust to the modern age. That includes social media and instant communication. So – yes or no – should we tweet in concerts?
What do you think?