Insight for Sunday 8 September 2013
A review of the orchestral sector by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage was tipped as the most thorough and comprehensive review in 40 years.
But did the evaluation provide a clear future and direction for the country's five orchestras?
It attracted over two thousand submissions but critics say it hit a flat note and did little to solve on-going financial challenges.
Nick Butcher investigates how the national and four city orchestras will survive in the future with declining budgets.
Image: NZ Symphony Orchestra and Musical Director, Pietari Inkinen by Patrycja Szwarczynska