A leading director has said he will continue to promote informal behaviour at classical concerts, even after a scientist was ejected from his theatre by fellow audience members after trying to crowd-surf during a performance of Handel’s Messiah.
Tom Morris, who is artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, had invited the audience to “clap and whoop” during the classical concert and agrees that Dr David Glowacki, who was ejected, “got very over-excited”.
The Royal Society Research Fellow was so overcome during the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ that he began moving from side to side with his hands raised and whooping, before attempting to crowd surf, according to eyewitnesses.
However, many audience members were irritated by the distraction, and proceeded to physically eject the Bristol University academic from the theatre – something that Mr Morris has described as a "good thing", for showing how people felt they were able to react to the music without inhibition.
As such, he has vowed to continue encouraging freedom of expression and behaviour throughout this year’s Bristol Proms, telling the Daily Telegraph that which he is keen to pursue more “accessible and informal” alternatives to the traditional classical concerts.
"Dr Glowacki is an eccentric and a genius and only a very few people are likely to react to the music the way he did, but it shows it is an environment in which unexpected things can happen, Mr Morris explained.
"The only caveat I would add is that it really is about the music and maybe in some ways his reaction wasn’t about the music but about testing how far he could push his behaviour based on the relaxed ethos."
According to Mr Morris, it brings attention to the fact that classical music is being presented in a different way and – for the most part – it enables people to listen and hear the music better and get more excited by it.
"The audience should be able to react spontaneously in response to what they feel in relation to the music. The last thing we want to do is in any way inhibit anyone because that is what live performance is all about," he concluded.
A leading director has said he will continue to promote informal behaviour at classical concerts, even after a scientist was ejected from his theatre by fellow audience members after trying to crowd-surf during a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Tom Morris,…