LEARNING AND RESEARCH ‣ Berlin study issues recommendations for orchestral distancing
The Berlin Philharmonic © Stephan Rabold
Scientists at the Charité in Berlin have issued a 13-page paper, at the request of seven Berlin orchestras, advising the distances to be observed in rehearsal and performance for the forseeable future, and suggesting that orchestras might be able to meet again under the following conditions:
Recommendations for orchestral arrangement depending on the group of instruments:
String spacing 1.5 m.
Blower stool spacing 2 m, liquid removal and instrument cleaning with disposable wipes (to be disposed of) or wipes (to be cleaned). Brass with additional plexiglass protection.
Drummers with a chair spacing of 1.5 m, avoid sharing instruments and accessories.
Harps and keyboard instruments 1.5 m apart.
Conductor distance from the orchestral musicians at least 2 m for rehearsal and 1.5 m for concert.
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