There can be as many as a hundred players in a symphony orchestra. For the musicians, taking their music to foreign lands and cultures can be an intensely rewarding experience, a chance to see other countries with a different perspective from that afforded to the regular tourist. But the practicalities of getting them all together in one place at one time to rehearse or perform can be a headache for even the best organised orchestra managers.
John McCarthy is joined by three people who have experienced both the joys and disappointments of travelling with a really big band. Philip Mackenzie is the founder and principle conductor with the Amadeus Orchestra and the main organiser of its tours. Dave Harries is a journalist and amateur French horn player with the orchestra. And Paul Hughes is the Manager of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a veteran of many orchestral tours.