Classical musician

 2 March 2011

Classical musicians perform, compose or conduct music. They are trained to an extremely high standard in one or more instruments. A classical musician primarily plays an instrument or sings live. They may also record classical music, do session work for backing tracks, conduct performances, or write music.

Ensemble 360, a Sheffield-based chamber group. Photography by Benjamin Ealovega
Ensemble 360, a Sheffield-based chamber group. Photography by Benjamin Ealovega

Some musicians decide to extend their work in music education, examples of this include:

  • Working with the education department of an orchestra or opera company
  • Training as a school teacher
  • Carrying out private tuition.

Classical musicians have to work irregular hours. They also work in a variety of settings such as:

  • Indoor concert halls and theatres
  • Recording studios
  • Outdoor venues such as parks and the gardens of stately homes.

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