18 things you’ll only understand if you played in your school orchestra

15 April 2019, 17:23 | Updated: 15 April 2019, 17:31

School orchestra problems
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By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Did you play in your school orchestra? Take a minute to reminisce over your terrible past existence as a second violinist.

  1. Remembering that this is the first time you’ve picked up your instrument all week

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  2. Coming in confidently two bars early and hiding in shame behind your tiny wire music stand

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    That definitely wasn’t me. Nope. Nooo sir.

  3. Your tiny wire music stand breaking and falling over

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    These things were not made to stay upright.

  4. The unique feeling of discomfort that comes from sitting on a hard plastic chair for two and a half hours

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    Why can’t we have cushions like real humans?

  5. Sweltering in your school uniform

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    Having a good grip on my bow is a physical impossibility in this uncomfortably hot practice room full of 13 year olds.

  6. Looking at the key signature on a new piece of music and feeling physical pain

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    Well this is going to sound lovely at our end-of-term concert.

  7. Gazing longingly out of the window and being scandalised to see all the kids bunking off orchestra

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    Well, this is unacceptable.

  8. Forgetting to count your 82-bar rest and getting shouted at

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    Can’t you just bring us in?

  9. Forgetting to do the repeat and getting shouted at

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    Wasn’t me.

  10. Trying to circle the repeat, but then remembering you forgot to bring a pencil and getting shouted at

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    It’s just too many things to remember.

  11. Your desk partner being off sick, leaving you feeling simultaneously lonely and very exposed

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    Can everyone stop looking at me please.

  12. The sweet, screechy sound of everyone tuning up

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    Ah, there’s nothing like the sound of that glorious concert A, clashing with a G sharp in the brass section.

  13. The matchless feeling of revulsion that comes from accidentally stepping in someone’s puddle of spit

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    Wind and brass players, please keep your saliva inside your mouths.

  14. Being unable to see the conductor because an extremely tall viola player is sitting in front of you

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    Well, it’s no wonder I keep coming in a bar late.

  15. Taking out fellow orchestra members with your bow

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    Literally who thought it was a good idea to put 60 kids in this minuscule practice room?

  16. Accidentally knocking over your sheet music with your instrument

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    Aaaaaand it’s all over the floor, and I have no idea which order the sheets were in.

  17. Playing the same medley EVERY Christmas – and practising it in October

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  18. Doing everything in your power to not burst into laughter as your friend across the room makes cross-eyes at you

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    Musician friends = friends for life.