23. September 2008 · Comments Off on It’s All In The Name · Categories: BQOD, Huh?

A POPULAR Lancashire orchestra with a tongue-twisting title is bidding to raise its profile – by dropping its name.

For the past 12 years Sinfonietta, the county’s only professional orchestra, has built up a fantastic reputation among concert goers.

But now bosses of the 40-strong group, which includes members of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Halle, feel a change is needed.

General manager Fiona Sinclair said there was a lot of pride in the name but the fact that many people struggle to pronounce Sinfonietta, which means ‘small symphony orchestra’, is putting some off booking tickets.

Oh yeah. That’s really difficult to pronounce all right. Or maybe not.

But what IS in a name, anyway? Does it really matter? Hmm. Maybe so. Check out this BQOD:

I’ve also really hit it off with the oboe player in the orchestra. She’s the only person in the orchestra who hangs regularly with the cast members, probably because she’s also an actress and has been in shows with some of them. The first words she ever said to me: “You remind me of me.” Wow. Really? I remind a girl of herself? I decided then and there that I really had to get to know this girl. We don’t get a lot of time to mingle, though, since I’m always backstage and she’s always in the pit playing her oboe. (I don’t know if I can handle a long-distance relationship!) But unlike the girls in the cast, when I’m talking to the oboist I don’t have to worry about whether or not we’re “in character.” There’s just one problem: her name. I wouldn’t normally write a girl off because of her name, but in this one particular case, it actually might be an issue.

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