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1. Check with the pianist in advance which repeats s/he is doing, if any, and exactly how they work.
2. Dog-ear the top right hand corner of each page for easy grabbing.
3. Make sure you've got something to sit on and can see the music clearly.
4. Remember that a lot of pianists read ahead so may need the page turned several bars before reaching its apparent end.
5. Agree with the pianist what signal s/he will give to alert you that it's time to turn.
1. Wear anything intrusive: plunging necklines, dangly necklaces or ties, long floppy sleeves and bright colours are real no-nos and could distract in a variety of ways. (Of course some pianists might enjoy the plunging neckline, but that leads to a whole different set of problems.)
2. Obscure the music from the pianist's view with your arm while preparing to turn.
3. Simply smile sweetly back when the pianist smiles sweetly at you. He's probably indicating that if you don't turn that page NOW, he will put you through the mincer.
4. Eat anything containing garlic before the concert.
5. Take a bow
Extract from article by Jessica Duchen