Orchestra rehearses in a funeral home

Orchestra rehearses in a funeral home


norman lebrecht

July 28, 2017

Apparently, they can’t find another quiet space in Marlborough, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.



But would you agree to rehearse in a morgue? Is it respectful to the dead, or the music?



  • Alexander says:

    I would type “horror” before the news … there is no good in this at all

  • James says:

    Their audience age demographic just went up by five years.

  • Cubs Fan says:

    Why not? Who’s going to complain? Besides, I’ve been to some concerts which were so deadly dull that I felt like I was in a morgue, with conductors who showed less life than a corpse.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    Note that a funeral home is not a morgue and, given the wide taste in funerals today, the music they rehearse in the funeral home’s chapel is probably no farther-out than what has been performed there for services anyway.

    A funeral home not being booked solid 24/7 with funerals… that should be a good thing, right?

  • Chris says:

    There was (and maybe still is) a youth orchestra in California that rehearsed in a mortuary. They were called the Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra and proudly went by the acronym PSYCHO!

  • David H Spence says:

    I fear there may be almost justifiably called for the embalmment of some of the music being played as well.