What To Expect

If you’re not sure what to wear, when to turn up, when to clap or what to do if you’re late, have a look at our handy guide below. We want our audiences to feel relaxed and able to concentrate fully on enjoying the music, so if we’ve missed anything here, please drop us a line and ask!

Is there a dress code?

No, you can wear whatever you like. Jeans and trainers are fine, but equally if you like the idea of dressing up, this would also be acceptable. Usually the only people wearing red and gold jackets and shiny shoes are on stage though!

Is there a minimum age?

We think anyone of school age (5) and above will enjoy a Cory Band concert and, where possible, we try and make family tickets available. Incidentally, there is no maximum age either!

When should I arrive?

This depends on the venue, but we find that up to 30 minutes before the scheduled start time is a good time to arrive. The auditorium will be open and you will be able to find your seats, get comfortable and read through the programme before the band begins.

Can I buy a ticket on the door?

In most cases yes. However, there is always the risk of a sell-out so we would always recommend that if you are definitely coming you buy tickets before you get there.

What if I’m late and the band has already started?

Most venues will admit you to the auditorium in between pieces, so please wait outside the door until the current piece has finished. You will then be allowed entry.

When do I clap?

It is customary to clap when the band and the conductor enters the stage, then after each piece. If you want to display more appreciation at the end of the concert, feel free! A shout of ‘encore’ should be enough to encourage the band to play another piece. If however you’re unsure of whether to clap, it’s usually best to wait for others to start.

Can I take photographs?

In most venues, taking photos or recording audio is not permitted. Photo-taking whilst the music is playing can be distracting for the musicians and other audience members, but please snap away during the interval – we love seeing your selfies on social media! Audio or video recording is illegal anywhere, so we kindly ask that you refrain from this, even for your own personal use.

How long will it last?

For most of our concerts, the first half will last for one hour. Then there will be a 15-20 minute interval, and the second half will be another hour. During each half you should be ready to stay in your seats – in other words, go to the toilet beforehand! You can move around freely in the interval. Any concerts which don’t follow this pattern will be highlighted on the website.

Can I buy Cory Band merchandise at the concerts?

Yes you can, usually the latest CDs and merchandise is available.

Can I get autographs?

Yes, all of Cory Band and its conductors are extremely approachable and will be only too delighted to sign a CD or a programme for you.