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Orchestras are an integral part of the progression of music over the last few hundred years and Orchestras are how the music written by composers is brought to life.

No matter if you are a beginner, or are well acquainted with the ins and outs of the orchestra, you will find a treasure trove of information on this site. This site provides a brief introduction for beginners, to help you get to grips with the basics of the orchestra.

From there, you will also find a detailed two-part history of the orchestra. This series takes you through from the very beginning of how the orchestra started, and through the major developments to bring it to the form it is in today. It also discusses the progression of the instruments used.

Want to brush up your knowledge with some interesting facts about orchestras, so you can impress your friends? Have a look at ‘Interesting Facts about Orchestras’. The article ‘Orchestra Etiquette’ also provides interesting detail about how the performers in an orchestra need to conduct themselves and how they need to interact with the other musicians.

This site also provides detailed information on the greatest orchestral work composed and performed that have stood the test of time.

If your interest lies with the conducting side of the orchestra rather than the musicians and instruments, there are plenty of interesting articles. Learn about the important role that a conductor plays in the performing of a piece, and read up on the best conductors in recent history.