Acclaimed violinist stops show following child's coughing fit

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Acclaimed violinist stops show following child's coughing fit
4th December 2014

An acclaimed violinist stopped her show at the Royal Festival Hall to tell off the parents of a child who was having a coughing fit.

Kyung-Wha Chung, from South Korea, was playing her first show in London for twelve years. During her rendition of Mozart's Sonata in G she stopped to tell the child's parents: "Maybe bring her back when she's older."

The panel discuss whether professional artists should stop their performances if the audience is being distracting or if that simply ruins it for the audience at large, and whether professionals should be well trained enough to cope with whatever happens.

Louise Scodie cites the example of Kevin Spacey telling an audience member whose phone rang during his performance in Clarence Darrow, "If you don't answer that phone, I will" without breaking character.

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