A survey of classical musicians who deliver your food

A survey of classical musicians who deliver your food


norman lebrecht

March 02, 2021

The Guardian has a feature today on three artists who are working as delivery drivers to keep body and soul together.

One horn, one trombone, one violinist.

Read here.

photo: Fb



  • M McAlpine says:

    The other week a management consultant who had been furloughed came to deliver our food so I don’t think it’s surprising that musicians should do so during this time. I know of laid-off musicians who have other jobs. Just the way the world is now.

    • Rustier spoon says:

      Exactly. We have no choice! And many musicians have always had to supplement their musical earnings by doing other things…we are no different to anyone else…

    • Gerry McDonald says:

      I think you’ll find most management consultants will have built a much greater financial cushion to help get through this period than most musicians!

  • Fred Funk says:

    And where’s the viola player, thriving as a door-to-door ice cream delivery person?

  • Walter Keith says:

    Classical music implies hi quality music for intelligent people which it is, therefore, there are many fewer people that listen to it so it is naturally harder to get work….And this situation is magnified by the present virus.

    • Austin says:

      Whether or not you think it’s true, the oh so often boasted idea that classical music is “high quality music for intelligent people” is the reason why the general population considers people like you inhospitable snobs, and also why your industry will continue to die.

  • Karol Jozef Lipinski says:

    Interesting because owing to an injury I took a job delivering pizzas on a motorbike. This, of course, was some years ago-long before covid.
    However, I rather enjoyed it! Pretty good money too!

  • fflambeau says:

    Philip Glass was forced to deliver and was a trucker and a taxi driver for years. It is telling about our economic system which places no or little value on artistic skills.

  • Walter S. says:

    I don’t know why everyone acts shocked. This was bound to happen even without Covid. If the demand is not there, it’s not there. People need to reorganize rather than acting like victims.

    Musicians are no better than anyone else and should not be catered to as if they are fragile snowflakes who have blessed us with their presence. These are typically the people who can’t play in the first place and are in need of an ego reset. All the good musicians that I know are willing to get their hands dirty.

    • Gerry McDonald says:

      I wonder if Walter has actually read the article. The three musicians mentioned all had successful careers as opposed to people”who can’t play in the first place”. Does he have a clue as to the talent and hard work that it takes to merely survive in the musical profession as opposed to being actively successful?

      • Emmanuel says:

        It would appear that Mr. McDonald is so lost in his little music world bubble that he doesn’t realize that many people don’t want to listen to his “kazoo.” Neither hard work nor wishful thinking will change that cold, harsh reality. No one ever asked for you people to be musicians…it’s more like you are imposing yourselves on society due to ego. Once you straighten yourselves out then the music world will be a better place!

        And what does “successful career” mean? There are some really dreadful symphony players out there that are simply good at working their connections. Their fellow musicians “friends” never tell them how badly they play. Let the truth be told!