Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Practical Information

Frequently Asked Questions

 
Ordering one or more series
Ordering single tickets
Before and during concerts
General questions
Information for visitors with disabilities

 

Ordering one or more series

From what date can I order a subscription to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series?

The season brochure for ordering Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series is published around 1 March each year. As soon as the brochure has been published, you can order your subscription online, by telephone or in writing.

How do I order a subscription to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series?

You can order one or more series on the following web page: https://www.concertgebouworkest.nl/subscriptions. Alternatively, you can reach us by phoning +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.). In addition, you may order your series by making use of the order form enclosed with the season brochure.

Please note: if you wish to order a series after 1 June, the best thing to do is to contact Customer Service by phoning the number above. Our staff can then help you reserve the best possible seats.

Ordering online

Ordering a subscription to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series online is very simple. If you have not yet created an online account with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra but have purchased tickets in the past, please phone or email Customer Service. Our staff will provide you with the correct login details. If you have not ordered tickets before, you can create your own account and purchase one or more series of your choice immediately. 

You can opt to pay by means of a single direct debit mandate, credit card or iDEAL. We charge a €4.00 fee for each transaction carried out via our online ordering service. If you opt for e-tickets, a fee of €2.50 per transaction will be charged.

Placing your order over the telephone

Should you prefer to place your order by telephone, please call our Customer Service Department on +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.). Our staff will be happy to renew your series and/or advise you about the seats available.

In this case, your payment is effected by means of a single direct debit mandate. We charge a €6.00 fee for each transaction carried out over the telephone. If you opt for e-tickets, a fee of €3.50 per transaction will be charged. 

Placing your order in writing

You may order your series in writing by filling in the order form enclosed with the season brochure. Orders placed in writing incur an €8 fee per transaction. If you opt for e-tickets, a fee of €3.50 per transaction will be charged.

E-ticket(s) or subscription ticket(s)

When placing your order, you may opt for one of two methods of delivery: paper tickets or e-tickets. If you opt for paper tickets, you will receive your subscription ticket(s) by post in mid-July. If you opt for e-tickets, you will not receive (a) subscription ticket(s), but will receive the e-ticket(s) via a link in your confirmation email. In this case, you pay just €2.50, instead of €4.00, in transaction fees.

E-tickets are visible in your personal space (‘My RCO’) only after we have received your payment. If you opt for instant payment (using iDEAL or a credit card), your tickets will be visible immediately. If you opt for indirect payment (using a single direct debit mandate), the tickets will be visible in your space on the website from mid-July.

What are the advantages of subscribing to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series?

A subscription to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series allows you to arrange everything for the whole season with a single order. You can also choose from the best seats in the hall and will enjoy priority booking when purchasing tickets to additional concerts. Not to mention that a subscription is better value for money, since, as a subscriber, you’ll receive a discount on tickets to single concerts you order separately. Finally, as a subscriber you can take advantage of our Ticket Exchange service if you can’t make it.

How do I choose my seat for a subscription to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series?

For all its subscription concerts, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra uses the five-category seating plan of the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw. Exceptions to this rule are the concerts in the Horizon, A and Essentials Series. The Horizon and A Series have one category. A two-category seating plan is used for the Essentials Series.

The categories are shown in the hall seating plan and are designated as follows:

category 1 plus;
category 1;
category 2;
category 3; and
category 4. 

The seats in category 4 have a restricted view of the stage and are available solely as single ticket purchases.

If you would like advice from our staff about seating, please phone our Customer Service Department on +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.).

What should I do if I can’t attend one of my subscription concerts?

If you are unable to attend one of the concerts in your subscription, we invite you to use our Ticket Exchange service, available from 1 June each season, which lets you exchange a particular concert for another one given by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Concertgebouw. If you choose a concert in a higher price category, we will ask you to pay the difference between the two tickets.

To use our Ticket Exchange service, please phone Customer Service on +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) or send an email to klantenservice@concertgebouworkest.nl. To view concerts for which tickets are available, please see our concert schedule.

We offer an online Ticket Exchange service in addition to the one available over the telephone. You may use this online service to place an advertisement yourself, to which other users can respond.

How does the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s online Ticket Exchange service work?

Our online Ticket Exchange service lets you exchange your ticket(s) with other subscribers. You can choose from three options:

  • you can respond to advertisements posted by other subscribers offering one or more tickets by clicking on the tab Offered;
  • you can select the tab Asked and reply to advertisements of users looking for one or more tickets to specific concerts; or
  • you can offer your own ticket(s) by clicking on Create advert. Now you may provide more details about your ticket(s) by specifying the seating category, the programme or date you’re looking to exchange for.

You will receive a confirmation email right after placing your advertisement. If you manage to swap tickets successfully, you can remove your ad by clicking on the link in the confirmation email.

What should I do if I’ve lost my subscription ticket(s)?

When you order tickets from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, you can access your e-tickets at any time by logging on to your account (‘My RCO’) on our website. Once you have logged on, you’ll find your e-ticket(s) in the tab Your ordered concerts. You can download these at any time, print them out or show them on your phone upon entering the Concertgebouw.

If you are unable to access your tickets on the website, you may also have duplicate cards printed by contacting our Customer Service Department on +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) or at klantenservice@concertgebouworkest.nl.

Ordering single tickets

From when can I buy tickets for the new season?

The season brochure for ordering Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series is published around 1 March each year. As soon as the brochure has been published, you can order your subscription online, by telephone or in writing. Single tickets go on sale on 1 June each year.

How do I order tickets to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra concert?

You can purchase tickets to our concerts online via this website. To do so, please see our concert schedule.

If you prefer to order your tickets over the telephone, please phone the Concertgebouw Line on +31 (0)20 671 83 45 (standard rate, open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.). Finally, you can also purchase your tickets from the Concertgebouw box office. 

Ordering online

Ordering tickets to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra series online is very simple. If you have not yet created an online account with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra but have purchased tickets in the past, please phone or email Customer Service. Our staff will provide you with the correct login details. If you have not ordered tickets before, you can create your own account and purchase the ticket(s) of your choice immediately.

You can opt to pay with a credit card, iDEAL or – partly or wholly – with a Podium gift card. We charge a €4.00 fee for each transaction carried out via our online ordering service. If you opt for e-tickets, a fee of €2.50 per transaction will be charged. 

Placing your order over the telephone

Should you prefer to place your order by telephone, please phone the Concertgebouw Line on +31 (0)20 671 83 45 (standard rate, open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).

Tickets reserved over the telephone must be paid for and/or collected within one week after the reservation is made. Tickets for a concert scheduled within one week must be paid for upon reservation or collected no later than forty-five minutes before the beginning of the concert.

The Concertgebouw charges €5.00 (for tickets sent by post) or €4.50 (for e-tickets) for this service. The Concertgebouw charges €5.00 for the collection and payment at the box office of tickets reserved by phone.

Ordering tickets from the Concertgebouw box office

The Concertgebouw box office is open Monday to Friday from 1.00 to 7.00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. From 7.00 p.m., the box office sells only tickets to concerts given that same evening.

E-ticket(s)

If you have ordered e-tickets, you will receive an email confirming the transaction with a link to a PDF file containing your e-ticket(s). Please note: this confirmation email is not your admission ticket. Your e-ticket, which shows a barcode, is your admission ticket.

You can also access your e-tickets by logging on to your account (‘My RCO’) on our website. Once you have logged on, you’ll find your e-ticket(s) in the tab Uw bestelde concerten (Your concert orders).

No additional fees are charged for e-tickets.

Tickets sent by post

If you prefer to receive your tickets by post, these will be sent to you within a few days if you reside in the Netherlands. If the concert is scheduled to take place within five days’ time, or if you have provided an address outside the Netherlands, your tickets will be held for you at the box office.

For this service, the Concertgebouw charges a fee of €1.50 per transaction. Tickets can be purchased using iDEAL, American Express, Visa, Mastercard or a Podiumkaart discount card. Your tickets will be sent to you in time for the concert.

Where do I find the seating plan for the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw?

You can find the seating plan for the Main Hall here. The seating layout may differ depending on the concert. You can view the exact seating layout for your concert by navigating to Kies uw stoelen (Choose your seats) when placing your order.

The Concertgebouw’s detailed general floor plan gives an overview of the locations of the foyers, the lavatories and the Choir and Mirror Halls, among other things.

Where do I find my e-ticket(s)?

If your order includes e-tickets, you will receive an email confirming the transaction with a link to a PDF file containing your e-ticket(s). Please note: this confirmation email is not your admission ticket. Your e-ticket, which shows a barcode, is your admission ticket.

You can also access your e-tickets by logging on to your account (‘My RCO’) on our website. Once you have logged on, you’ll find your e-ticket(s) in the tab Uw bestelde concerten (Your concert orders).

You can use the Adobe Acrobat software to open your e-tickets. You will need to show your printed e-ticket at the door. Alternatively, you may display the e-ticket on your phone screen at the door. Please set your screen to maximum brightness. 

Do I need to print out my e-ticket(s) to enter the hall?

No, you may either print out your e-ticket(s) or display the e-ticket on your phone screen. It is important that you set your screen to maximum brightness.

Can I buy tickets at a Friends discount online?

Concert Friends can take advantage of their Friends discount by logging on before ordering their tickets. The site will display Friends prices once they have logged on.

What should I do if I can’t make it?

If you are unable to attend a concert for which you have purchased a single ticket (i.e. a concert that is not part of a subscription), we invite you to contact the Concertgebouw’s Customer Contact and Sales Department no later than 4.00 p.m. one day before the concert. Please phone the Concertgebouw Line (+31 (0)20 671 83 45 (standard rate, open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.)) or send an email to kassa@concertgebouw.nl.

If you are unable to attend one of the concerts in your subscription, we invite you to use the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Ticket Exchange service by contacting our Customer Service Department on +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) or at klantenservice@concertgebouworkest.nl.

Before and during concerts

What should I wear to a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra concert?

Most of our concerts require no specific dress code. Please wear what you feel comfortable wearing. Only for RCO Opening Night, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s festive season opener, is there a black tie dress code.

Can I have dinner at the Concertgebouw before the concert?

You are welcome to dine at Restaurant Lier prior to concerts given in the Main Hall. Please note that this arrangement is possible only if you will be attending a concert at the Concertgebouw the same evening. At Lier, you can enjoy classic dishes with a contemporary touch, all made from local, seasonal ingredients. Lier is located on the first floor in the Square Foyer above the main entrance to the Concertgebouw. You can read more about the restaurant, the menu and making reservations on the Concertgebouw website.

How and where do I buy a concert programme?

You can purchase an e-concert programme for €1.50 when ordering your concert tickets. Concert programmes are also on sale in our webshop prior to the relevant concerts. An online subscription to Preludium gives you unlimited access to all concert programmes.

Preludium is the programme magazine of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Concertgebouw. The magazine offers programme notes to nearly all the concerts given by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and to the concerts in the Concertgebouw’s Own Programming. These programme notes, written by well-known music journalists, feature all sorts of extras, such as interviews, background articles and columns.

Preludium is available as a separate purchase prior to concerts. As a subscriber, you’ll receive Preludium monthly during the concert season at your home address. All the concert programmes are available in electronic format, optimised for PC, tablet and smartphone, at https://www.preludium.nl/. Here you can download the programmes as PDF files, which are easy to print out.

When should I clap?

At classical music concerts, the audience normally claps only after an entire work has been performed, even if the work consists of multiple movements. The concert programme shows you exactly how many movements a particular piece of music has and about how long the whole piece will last. Another easy way to know when to clap is to watch the conductor, who will let his arms rest at his sides once the piece is finished.

What time will the concert finish?

That depends on the concert, but most concerts last anywhere from two hours to two hours and fifteen minutes, including the interval. Preludium lists the estimated time at which each concert is expected to conclude. You may also consult the Concertgebouw website to find out the approximate time a particular concert will end. To do so, select the relevant concert in the schedule. At the bottom of the page – under Prijzen en stoelen (Prices and seats) – the start and end times of the concert are given.

What else should I be mindful of when attending a Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra concert?

Many of our visitors wish to enjoy the music to its fullest through concentrated listening in silence. For this reason, we ask that you arrive on time and refrain from making noise which could cause a nuisance. Switch your mobile phone to silent, and remember that bright screens can also disturb other listeners’ concentration.

General questions

Where does the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform?

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra gives some 120 concerts a year, about 80 of which are at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Next to the order button on the programme page of a given concert, you can see whether the concert is being given at the Concertgebouw or at another venue in or outside the Netherlands.

Where is the Concertgebouw located, and how do I get there?

The Concertgebouw is located at Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam. You can find information on how to get to the Concertgebouw by public transport or by car on the Concertgebouw website.

Are the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Concertgebouw the same organisation?

The Concertgebouw concert hall is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s home base. Despite being two distinct organisations with separate premises, the Concertgebouw and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra do work closely together.

How many musicians are there in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra?

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is made up of approximately 120 musicians from some 25 countries. You will find a complete overview of all the musicians here.

How do I receive a copy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s season brochure?

You may request a season brochure by filling in this form. You’ll find the latest season brochure on this page.

What’s the best way for me to introduce my children to classical music?

Family Concerts
Specially for children six years and older, the orchestra gives Family Concerts to introduce young audience members to symphonic music in a fun, interactive way. Given twice a season, these concerts give children the chance to participate actively with the music – before, during and after the performance. You can find more information at www.rcokids.nl.

Family Series
The Family Series is a series of three concerts which allow parents and grandparents to introduce their children and grandchildren to the world of classical music. An introduction is given for the children’s benefit prior to the concerts, including background information on the music performed on the concert. For more information, please visit our series page.

Entrée

Anyone under the age of eighteen may become a member of Entrée Junior. Junior members are eligible to buy tickets to the special children’s concerts for just €12.50. Specially for young people (under the age of eighteen), Entrée selects a number of concerts which are also included in the Entrée Junior selection. For these concerts, members are eligible for a 75 per cent discount. In addition, Entrée members can always bring along a guest under the age of 35 (the maximum age for Entrée) for the same price. You can find more information at http://www.jouwentree.nl.

Information for visitors with disabilities

May I enter the building with my electric wheelchair or mobility scooter?

Information about access is available on this page of the Concertgebouw website. If you need further information, please contact us by phoning the Concertgebouw Line on +31 (0)20 671 83 45 (standard rate).

Can I exchange my subscription seat for a wheelchair seat?

It is possible to exchange your subscription seat for a wheelchair seat if one is available. Please contact the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Customer Service Department on +31 (0)20 305 10 15 (Monday–Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) or at klantenservice@concertgebouworkest.nl.

May I bring my assistance dog inside?

Officially trained assistance dogs (such as guide dogs for the blind) are permitted in the hall. The Concertgebouw would appreciate it if you would inform them in advance if you are planning to bring your assistance dog. Please phone the Concertgebouw Line on +31 (0)20 671 83 45 (standard rate). Pets, including dogs, are not allowed at the Concertgebouw.

What equipment does the Concertgebouw offer to the hearing impaired?

Visitors with a hearing impairment may avail themselves of hearing support systems in the Main Hall and the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw. We offer radio receivers with headphones or loop. The loop provides a direct audio link to your own hearing aid. You can also connect your own hearing support equipment to the receiver using a mini headphone plug. This equipment is available at the Main Hall and Recital Hall cloakrooms. Test transmitters are also available here so that you can adjust your equipment before taking your seat.