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BBC News reports on low pay for orchestral players

Musicians' Union (MU) research shows almost half of the UK’s orchestral musicians do not earn enough to live on, despite the extraordinary role that orchestras play in people’s daily lives.

Published: 03 May 2018 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:29 PM

Musicians' Union (MU) research shows almost half of the UK’s orchestral musicians do not earn enough to live on, despite the extraordinary role that orchestras play in people’s daily lives.
Screenshot from BBC News interview with Naomi Pohl

BBC News’ Lizo Mzimba reported on the MU's research looking at low pay for orchestral players. She talked to musicians Jemma Freestone and Nigel Charman about life as an orchestral player.

Watch the full report online.

“Even if you're not a classical music fan, you probably interact with orchestras more than you realise. Watching your favourite TV programme or film, or playing your favourite video game - orchestral musicians are on those soundtracks."

- Naomi Pohl, MU Assistant General Secretary

That’s why we’re launching The Musician Behind the Moment, our new campaign to show the true value of the UK’s orchestral musicians.

Four inspiring musicians share their most poignant career moments – from Maxine performing on the Star Wars soundtracks to Michael making music with the elderly.

Explore Baluji, Maxine, Claire and Michael’s moments.

Share a moment you’ve been a part of on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #MUmoment.

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