Hendrix, hard liquor and headsets: the new orchestra rules

“Tastes in music are more diverse than ever,” says Ames. “Today I have listened to Aphex Twin, Harnoncourt conducting Beethoven, Mica Levi’s score for Under the Skin, Radiohead and a load of Thomas Tallis.” Challenging an audience’s expectations, he says, entices new audiences, While “orchestras in traditional formal settings are struggling to be heard”.

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