Music: Pleasures of Promenading

Relatively few Americans care to sit through a symphony program; fewer still would think of standing through one. But for Londoners, standing is natural when midsummer rolls around and the Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall get going. A good many of the queue-hardy, in fact, stand all day, sometimes four abreast, in lines stretching around the hall and down the street. When the doors open at 6:45 p.m., they plop down their 2s. 6d., break for the arena floor, and go right on standing. Those with the best positions (i.e., as close to the conductor as possible) do not...

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