Why are concerts so expensive??

February is a hard financially for everyone…..the month after Christmas and tax bills paid. So how can we enjoy live music when we have no money?  I feel this too and find myself really wanting to go out to cheer up a dull month but finding that I just don’t have enough money left in the budget to do it. To be honest ticket prices have increased so much in the last few years that it makes it difficult any any time of year to include live music in a budget.  There are a few ways though, to save money and still enjoy some of the great music London has to offer.


English National Opera Secret Seat Offer 

Buy a £30* unallocated Secret Seat in advance and be guaranteed a seat worth £50 or more on the night.

Your Secret Seat will be allocated 72 hours in advance and you could be in the Stalls or Dress Circle.

There is limited availability so book early to take advantage of this great deal.


Royal Opera House Friday Rush

The Royal Opera House recently launched Friday Rush, a new way for our audience to book tickets to sought-after shows (even those previously sold-out) at short notice. As Friday Rush tickets are drawn from the lower price bands, the new scheme also offers a great way to buy lower-priced tickets.



Opera Holland Park Inspire seats

As part of their Inspire work, OHP offer approximately 3,000 accessible tickets per season (roughly 12% of their total capacity). These include free tickets for older and younger audiences, £20 INSPIRE tickets, and half price tickets for NHS staff and community workers. Click the link below to find out everything you need to know about eligibility and how to apply.



St James Piccadilly lunchtime recitals

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.10pm (unless stated otherwise) St James Piccadilly offer free lunchtime recitals each lasing approximately 50 minutes. Click the link to find out more.



Conway Hall Sunday series

They offer free or very low price tickets for a huge variety of chamber music.



Music colleges are always a good bet.  Here are one’s in London but check out the local music colleges and universities in your area too.

Royal College of Music

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Royal Academy of Music

Trinity Label Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Also check out Travelzoo, Groupon, Lastminute.com for discounted tickets. Most of these agencies they operate outside the UK too. 

Hopefully that all helps and you can find a concert to inspire you this month!

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