Three tweets from the National Youth Orchestra suggest that it did.
- Tune in to Britain’s @GotTalent tonight and you might just catch quite a few NYO players on stage
- 10 string players are currently in the ITV studios sound checking for Britain’s Got Talent, watch out for us tonight!
- Blimey! That wasn’t one of us but a violinist from another agency just threw eggs at Simon mid performance!
We have been unable to ascertain so far if the under-age musicians were paid. However, they should not have been playing a professional date in the first place. That is a paid, union job for hard-pressed professional musicians, one of very few opportunities for them to appear on TV.
See UPDATE below.
The chair of the NYO is Dame Liz Forgan, former chair of Arts Council England. She should know better than to allow amateurs and children, aged 13 to 18, to take bread from the mouths of professional musicians, many of them with families to feed.
Any comment from the Musicians Union?
More on the Simon Cowell scam. This did not represent good experience for the youngsters. An anonymous insider tells us:
The “sound check” tweet from the NYO is rather misleading considering they were all miming on the show. None of the backing musicians are heard in the sound mix that gets broadcast on television. The backing tracks for shows like this and X-Factor are all pre-recorded by different musicians for a considerably higher fee around 3 or 4 days before the show. Therefore, the talented musicians miming in the background are merely decorative