Bad result: Concertgebouw fails to beat Australian XI

Bad result: Concertgebouw fails to beat Australian XI


norman lebrecht

November 29, 2013

Despite moral support from Maris Jansons, a football XI of the Concertgebouworkest could only manage a goalless draw against the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Various reasons for the debacle were given in the dressing room:

1 It was hot.

2 They played too fast.

3 It was the violas’ fault.

4 We were under-rehearsed.

5 The commentator was rubbish.

6 The conductor left early.

7 We didn’t lose, did we?


photo (c) Anne Dokter


  • DC says:

    Who really cares!!. There are more pressing issues in life and in this world than this nonsense.

    • Bill says:

      Humour and this kind of nonsense takes you through the more pressing issues in life. Having none and nagging for no reason only makes it harder

    • John Kelly says:

      Claudio Abbado was player-manager of the LSO footie team when he was chief conductor. Apparently he didn’t feel it was nonsense, maybe he felt it was fun.

  • David Hardie says:

    What do you mean, ‘bad’ result?

  • I love it! I’m sure it was the violists’ fault. I play viola, and I’m a terrible athlete.

  • Andrew Balio says:

    Trumpets probably got to the goal before the violas were ready.

  • LOL. As the man said, it was a hot day, and the tuning pegs got stuck. It’s better not to play at all than to play out of tune.

    In practice in various community symphonies where I played second fiddle, the trumpets were just behind me when we played Handel’s Messiah, “The trumpets shall sound…” and some parts of Carmen etc., and the sound of the trumpets was so loud that I probably lost some of my hearing. Trumpets are powerful.