Quiz: Can you put the instrument in its right place in the orchestra?
20 November 2018, 13:50
A symphony orchestra is dedicated to creating the most beautiful classical music – but it has some pretty strict rules when it comes to its seating plan. Can you remember where each instrument group is supposed to sit?
The layout of an orchestra hasn’t always been so strict. About 100 years ago, a conductor called Leopold Stokowski was famously so obsessed with finding the perfect sound equilibrium, that he experimented (to the string players’ horror) by switching the brass and string sections around.
Today, most orchestras use the same format: strings at the front, wind, brass and percussion at the back. But can you remember exactly where each group of instruments sits?
NB: Our sincerest apologies to the piccolo players, saxophonists and conductors who were not included in this quiz.