Last week-end I watched the First Night of the Proms - and thoroughly enjoyed the first half. Not so sure about the 'new' piece with lighting effects in the second half (but that's another story).
The performance of Holst's Planets Suite was superb; I enjoyed every single minute of it - I was entranced. It is a suite I know well and I also think that the conductor is probably the best in the world to conduct it as he also knows it well.
The audience did rather irritate me because in the first two or three movements (which have an interval between) many of them applauded. The conductor smiled. The players waited for the applause to stop. Then the suite continued. I wondered what the players and the conductor thought to what I saw as interruptions.
Today there is an article by a player written in The Guardian in which she says that players often enjoy applause between movements. It gives them time to collect themselves, it lightens the atmosphere, it shows how much they are enjoying it.
Do you have an attitude to this? If you go to a classical concert do you applaud between movements if you are enjoying it? Perhaps I shall have to rethink my attitude.