The orchestra that gives free massages

The orchestra that gives free massages


norman lebrecht

January 22, 2016

These are musicians in the Hong Kong Philharmonic receiving professional massages before going out to perform the four hours of Wagner’s Die Walküre.

hong kong phil massage

One of our pals in the band says there was anxiety among the players at having to play twice as long as the usual symphony concert. So the admin called in two qualified masseuses to tune up the relevant parts.



  • Adam says:

    Lots of news about management and players in turmoil recently, so its cool to see a ‘compassionate musician perk’ reported on SD, Norman!

    Who knows? Perhaps audience massages would crescendo concert attendance. 🙂

  • bratschegirl says:

    Could have used one of those before, or preferably during, a 6-hour Meistersinger I played last fall! I could barely lift my arms after that.

  • Peter says: