As an audition-free orchestra, NewWSO encourages players of all musical abilities to join us in making great music together. However, we do not compromise on repertoire, playing the same editions of music that professionals orchestra play whenever possible. We believe this is part of the reason amateur musicians are drawn to this orchestra, because where else can “hobbyist” musicians try their hand at playing Beethoven Symphony No. 5? Not many places!
“Hard” is a subjective term. In the NewWSO, one musician may find a particular piece easy, where another might find the same piece difficult. However, most of our musicians currently agree that a fairly new piece in our repertoire, the Brahms Symphony No. 4, Mov’t 2, has difficult spots for all instruments. It’s Brahms, after all! But the orchestra musicians voted it in because it is a great and beautiful piece of music that they are willing to work on.
In this video, Ben shares his philosophy on how playing “hard” pieces of music helps us improve other pieces that we play:
What are your thoughts on the level of difficulty of NewWSO pieces?