Amateurs out of tune with experts can make deadly noise

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Amateurs out of tune with experts can make deadly noise

Now, more than ever, we need to hear from experts, not the tone-deaf who should sit down and shut up

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra performed a lunchtime concert outside Groote Schuur Hospital to thank staff for their tireless work over the past 18 months. What made it extra special, however, was that not one of the members of the orchestra had ever picked up an instrument until Wednesday, while the conductor was a private equity bro who just happened to be walking past at the time.

No, wait, sorry, I’m hearing from my editor that — oh dear, no, I’ve got that quite wrong. It turns out that every member of the orchestra, including the conductor, was, in fact, a highly skilled musician with years of study and practice behind them.

It makes sense, I suppose. I mean, it would be absurd to believe somebody with no musical training whatsoever could simply pick up a cello or a bassoon and suddenly be able to play it at a level worthy of public performance while reading sheet music...

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