We are indebted to an old B.B.C. Newsletter for the following "Organization and Method" Report
on a Orchestral Concert at the Royal Festival Hall.
All the sixteen 1st violins were playing identical notes; this seems unnecessary duplication.
The staffing levels should be drastically reduced. (If a larger volume of sound is required,
it could be obtained by means of electrical apparatus.)
It was observed that for considerable periods the four Oboe players had nothing to do.
The number should be reduced and the work spread more evenly over the whole of the concert,
thus eliminating peaks of activity.
LOWER GRADE OPERATIVES:
Much effort was absorbed in the playing of difficult demi-semi quaver passages.
This seems an unnessary complication. It is recommended that all notes should be rounded up to the nearest semi-quaver. If this were done it would be possible to use trainees and lower grade operatives more extensively.
In the circumstances it is remarkable that O & M principles have been adhered to as well as they have. For example, it was noted that the pianist was not only carrying out most of his work by two-handed operation but was also using both his feet independently. Nevertheless, there were excessive reaches for some notes, and it is probable that re-design of the keyboard to bring all the notes within the normal working area would be an advantage.
There seems to be too much repitition of some musical passages. No useful purpose is served by repeating on the horns a passage which has already been handled by the strings. It is estimated that the whole concert time of two hours could be reduced to twenty minutes, also making an interval unnecessary.
OBSOLESCENCE OF EQUIPMENT:
In the Concert programme it was reported that the leading violinist's instrument was already several hundred years old. If normal depreciation schedules had been applied, the value of the instrument should have been reduced to zero, and the purchase of more up to date equipment should have been considered.