There are sixteen orchestras in Norway. The population is less than five million.
Musical life thrives all the way up to the Arctic and musicians from all over the world are taking an interest. Last week, there were auditions for a trombone vacancy at the radio orchestra in Oslo. Applications were received from 85 candidates, most of them in other countries.
Norway can be very cold and is unkind to whales. However, by staying out of the European Union and prospecting for oil it has sustained a thriving economy and culture. Musicians may have woken up to those realities ahead of the rest of the world.