01. May 2008 · 4 comments · Categories: Ramble

An oboe doesn’t cover much. Even the thinnest of women or men will find it can’t hide enough. So using an oboe as protection … well … it ain’t gonna work folks!

Only their instruments will protect the modesty of artistic director David Curtis, viola player Vanessa Murby, percussionist Tim Farmer, oboist Louise Braithwaite and French horn player Kai Hoffman.

Um. “Modesty”? I’m thinking maybe not.

I’m not sure I want to even visualize this. Naked musicians? On stage? Bouncing around?

The article begins with this:

Cuts in funding have taken the clothes off the back of Stratford’s Orchestra of the Swan.

Five of its musicians will perfoming nude on fashion programme How To Look Good Naked next month.

Heh. There is simply no way for me to “look good naked” and I don’t care if anyone tries to convince me there is. That’s final.

The artistic director (!) says:

“The programme is very much about developping confidence, and the nudity is just a metaphor of being comfortable with who you are.

Now wait. I thought it was a metaphor for not having funds. Or something … and what is with all those exxtra letters anyway? Making up for the lack of clothing?

Mostly I think it’s a gimmick. Cuz ya gotta have one. When you are stripping down to nothing.


  1. Actually, I believe the idea is more about being confident in oneself vs. meeting some societal (or even personal) concept of looking good. I can understand that, in a theoretical way.

    Having said that, you’ll see me naked in public with nothing but an oboe (or, for that matter a sousaphone or bass viol or all of the above and maybe a tympani or two or six thrown in) to cover me pretty much never ever. Or possibly some time after that, even.

    And yes, that is a double-standard on my part based on an earlier blog comment. Heck, I’m a human, I’ve got way more than two sides to any personal standard :).

  2. I wouldn’t want to be the cymbal player in an all-naked orchestra!

  3. Speaking as the brother of the oboist concerned, I’m proud of what she did. For the record, she was sat backwards on a chair and the chairback provided coverage that her oboe couldn’t manage.

    Frankly, anything that can bring funding into the orchestra is worth doing, as they do fantastic work in schools in the area as well as just doing gigs.

  4. Heh … well, I’m not sure about teh “anything” … some might suggest prostitution would bring in funds ..? 😉

    (Of course with some of the things I’ve had to play, it’s felt a bit like prostitution!)