Fanfare for the orchestra
They barely merited a mention in the Radio Times when they played their first concert, never mind a fanfare.
But the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (SSO) made up for that oversight last night, with a concert to mark their 75th anniversary, full of fanfares, standing ovations and even a birthday singsong!
Originally set up by the BBC as one of a raft of orchestras to record music for the voracious public appetite for live recordings, the SSO has since transformed into a highly respected symphony orchestra.
That's partly down to the fact it consistently works with modern composers, eagerly taking on complex new music.
Last night's concert introduced a new work by young scots composer Helen Grime.
But it's also down to their sheer resilience.
This orchestra grew out of the recession of the 1930s.
Professional musicians grateful to have the work and aware it wasn't guaranteed.
It's been on the brink of closure several times, including in 1980 when it was the largest of five BBC orchestras earmarked for closure.
You only have to look at the decision to make the orchestra of Scottish Opera part-time to realise the issue hasn't gone away.
Nor are these times any more certain for live music.
But last night was a chance to celebrate the BBC SSO's achievements as well as its survival.
As well as the Grime's premiere, there was a passionate performance of Beethoven's violin concerto by Nicola Benedetti -who first appeared with the orchestra in 2004 when she won Young Musician of the Year.
Walton's exuberant Symphony Number One formed the mainstay of the second half, broadcast live on TV and radio - just like the old days.
There was a rousing chorus of happy birthday before the final - sadly unbroadcast - performance of two pieces by Ian Whyte, the founding father of the BBC SSO - who conducted that first concert at lunchtime on 3 December 1935.
Speaking earlier, Nicola Benedetti described her involvement in the concert as "an absolute privilege".
As a mere member of the audience, it felt like a similar honour and I hope for audiences watching and listening at home, it had the same impact.