Behind the scenes: what goes into making a great performance
Just how much work is it to create a symphony orchestra performance?
Well, each musician has probably studied their instrument for about 10,000 hours. There are usually about 50 musicians in a symphony orchestra, so that's 500,000 hours right there!
The orchestra committee and musical director will have spent many hours deciding the repertoire, sourcing the music, communicating with the players, organising the concert hall, publicising the concert, writing the programme, and not to mention transporting the percussion!
The orchestra will have rehearsed together about 6 - 8 times before the concert, 2 hours per rehearsal, and each player will have practiced the tricky bits at home for hours.
So, in terms of an hourly rate, the price you pay for your ticket is a bargain!