Podcast: Applause please!

Andrew Litton and Jean-Yves Thibaudet tell Jeremy Pound about the art of clapping


Do you clap at concerts? Well, hopefully, yes. So, more to the point, how do you clap at concerts?


Are you inclined to add an occasional whistle and ‘bravo’? Do you try to leave a respectful, pensive silence after the final chord? Do you like to clap rhythmically? Do you – shock, horror – sometimes clap in the ‘wrong’ places?

In our new podcast, BBC Music Magazine deputy editor Jeremy Pound looks at the nature of clapping around the world, guided by two experts – conductor Andrew Litton and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. And, as he soon discovers, when it comes to showing their appreciation, not all audiences are the same…


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