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What does an Orchestra Musician do?
An orchestral musician works mainly in the live industry performing in the West End, orchestras and live bands.
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What’s an Orchestra Musician good at?
Performing live and recording a wide range of music at a high level in a variety of settings.
Tools of the trade:
Being brilliant at performing on their instrument
Being a perfect sight reader
Being able to adapt their playing style to suit the genre of music
Working well with a range of colleagues
Being self-motivated, adaptable, reliable, flexible and efficient
Good time keeping and work ethic
High level of teamwork
Who does an Orchestra Musician work with?
They work within a variety of ensembles and groups (orchestras)
They work with music directors, conductors and other members of the orchestra
They work with contractors (fixers) and usually a diary service.
How do I become an Orchestra Musician?
Years of practise at a high level usually on one instrument
Studying at a specialist conservatoire
Is the role a skills shortage?
No – except tutti positions are sometimes on the skills shortage occupations
For further information about being a musician please go to www.musiciansunion.org.uk
Search for a course of study with trusted UK Music partners here: https://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/music-academic-partnership/