In Paris, concerts start no later than 6.30

In Paris, concerts start no later than 6.30


norman lebrecht

October 18, 2020

Radio France has published a list of forthcoming concerts which start anywhere between 2.30 pm and 6.30 to meet the curfew hour of 9pm.

The Théâtre des Champs-Elysées starts at 6 or 6.30. The Philharmonie de Paris has moved to 6.30.

And no going out to dinner afterwards.



  • Henry williams says:

    Concerts should always start early. Because some people live outside the city and they need transport late at night to get home. Which can risky with the drunks terrible behaviour.

    • Edward says:

      I support weekend concerts to start early and I think that is often the case? For concerts on weekday evenings they need to allow enough time for people to arrive after work.

  • Peter says:

    Sounds like 1942. Except hardly anyone is dying. Stupid people in full hysteric mode. So utterly sad.

    • PDH. says:

      Let’s hope you won’t be another stupid person who dies!

      • Peter says:

        I don’t have 2,7 major underlyding conditions and am also not over the age of 80. I will be fine, and so will you. Remember: If you have anxiety, go and see a medical doctor. Don’t require from people around you that they stop living. It’s not fair.

        • Jack says:

          In addition to not being very bright, you show yourself to be rather selfish, too.

        • Mr. Knowitall says:

          You’re confusing likelihood with certainty. Older people and those with certain conditions are more likely to die if infected. But youth and health are no guarantee of invulnerability. Many young, healthy people have died from covid-19 and of those who haven’t died, many now have lingering after effects. A close friend of mine who was 50 and had no underlying conditions died after a week on a ventilator. I hope you will indeed be fine.

    • Just saying says:

      Why the contemptuous comments? In exchange for having music or theatre at all, is it so inconvenient to attend concerts early for maybe a year or so? Perhaps you’re fortunate and know no one who’s been gravely ill, or is coping with serious after-effects, or has died of this disease. *That* is what’s utterly sad. Not a missed dinner.

    • Jack says:

      219,000 and counting here in the US, Peter.

  • Timothy Reynish says:

    Touring Poland in 1968, we gave the same programme at and the next night at The first had an audience of young families and people straight from work, the second had an older audience, and people who had had time to get home, have a meal and go to the concert hall. Great system.