In Singapore, I watched the Singapore Symphony Orchestra performance at the Esplanade Concert Hall. This time, I will tell you about the arrangement of the performance ticket and the access to the venue.
The Singaporean Symphony was founded in 1979 and has a relatively short history compared to the famous Western orchestra, it is Singapore’s largest professional orchestra, performing 50 concerts annually. Most of the members are from the local area, so I would like to report what kind of performance the Singapore Symphony will be and what kind of hall the Esplanade Concert Hall will be.
Buy Tickets on HP
I bought the concert ticket from the website of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. It does not correspond to Japanese, but it is easy to do without difficult operation.
You need to register an account and a credit card to make a purchase. Even if you don’t register beforehand, you will be prompted to register when you go to the screen to select and purchase a ticket.
You can choose a seat in detail. Ticket prices are around $100 for 1st category and $25 for the cheapest category, depending on the performance. When the payment is completed, an e-ticket with a bar code will be issued, so you can print it out and take it to the venue on the day of the event.
Also, there are several kinds of tickets, and there seems to be a discount system for various members, but for us general users, it is safe to choose STANDARD tickets.
Access to the Esplanade Concert Hall
The venue, the Esplanade Concert Hall, is located in central Singapore. It’s a little far from the nearest station, City Hall, but it’s connected by an underground passage.
It is a building with a jagged roof that can be seen from Jubilee Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that spans the Merlion Park. This is a complex where theaters and shopping malls are closed, and one of them is a concert hall.
As you can see from Google’s satellite photos, the two zigzag roof buildings are neatly symmetrical, but the concert hall is closer to the bay. The entrance is near the center of the two buildings.
The Esplanade is always open, and anyone can enter even when there are no concerts or other events. The air conditioner is working, so you might want to come to cool down a little while for a break while walking around town. If you go down the escalator, you’ll find an underground passage leading to the City Hall MRT station.
The concert hall is on the right side of the entrance. At that time, it was about 40 minutes before the curtain time, but it was already open.
The program is free!
Today’s programs are Jack Ibert’s Flute Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor. The soloist is an Asian flute player called JIN TA.
Now, let’s go into the hall! At the entrance, all you have to do is show the e-ticket that was issued when you paid for the ticket on the website. The bar code is scanned on the spot and put in.
As soon as I entered, there was a corner with a pile of booklets, and here I found today’s program.
The program is free! I think it was free when I listened to an orchestra performance in London, but even if it was free, it was not simple, and it was a well-made booklet.
Today’s program is not inserted but printed properly. This is also the same as London. Although the 36 page program has a little bit of advertising, there is plenty of information about the performers and program notes, and it is a place where you can feel the strength of financial power.
Next time, I will report on the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the foyer and audience.
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