The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) in Wiesbaden has issued the latest statistics on musical activity.
According to the 2015 survey, some 3.1 million Germans – 38 percent of the population – make music in organised groups, such as orchestras, choirs and church groups.
There are 64,000 professional singers and musicians registered in Germany, of whom instrumental players account, remarkably, for 82%.
Across 130 public funded orchestras – there are 22 in North Rhine-Westphalia alone – there is employment for 9,900 musicians.
The full report can be downloaded here.