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Royal Opera House Orchestra Set to Take Further Action Short of Strike in Pay Dispute

Musicians in the Royal Opera House orchestra are campaigning to have their pay restored to pre pandemic levels.

Published: 23 October 2023 | 12:00 PM
Members of the ROH Orchestra handing out flyers and holding a banner saying 'Please support the Orchestra #fairpay' before a performance earlier this month.
The ROH Orchestra will be leafleting audience members to get their support on Saturday 4 November before the evening performance of Rigoletto. Image credit: Jonathan Stewart © The MU.

Musicians in the Royal Opera House Orchestra took a 10% pay cut to help the company through the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are now calling on management to give back their 10%.

As part of their campaign, the orchestra will be taking more rounds of action short of strike in the run-up to Christmas.

They will be leafleting audience members to get their support on Saturday 4 November before the evening performance of Rigoletto.


Can't make it on 4 November? ⁠Sign the petition now to show your support.

"A deeply unjust and regressive approach"

Messages of support have come in from musicians, audiences and friends of the Royal Opera House.

Jaani says: “I am a Supporting Friend of the Royal Opera House and was astonished to learn of this. It is a deeply unjust and regressive approach. The orchestra is at the very heart of the ROH and performances simply could not take place without their tireless efforts.

“While recognising that times are tough throughout the arts, the ROH needs to rethink its remuneration policies. Otherwise it will lose the support of its members, friends, and, ultimately, the public.”


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The orchestra stepped up to support the Royal Opera House in tough times. It's time the Royal Opera House did the same for them.

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