Classical music

You will find more information about the working field of classical music in the underlying pages. For example on orchestras, opera companies, ensembles and stages. You can also find more information about festivals, competitions and prizes. There are also a few workshops and production houses which offer support to young musicians and composers.

Working in classical music

There are many ways of working in classical music, for example with orchestras or ensembles. If you get to play in an orchestra you will be hired as an employee most of the time. Orchestra members often have an employment contract and are paid for rehearsals and concerts. Many musicians start with substituting before they get a fixed spot in an orchestra.

To play often is important, many musicians do this playing in an ensemble. Ensembles get paid per concert by the venue. Musicians are on pay roll or, if they are self-employed, they send an invoice.


The Netherlands has an system of symphonic orchestras and smaller ensembles for old, classical, and contemporary music. According to the Dutch VSCD in 2018 there were 4,350 classical concerts, with a total number of 2,1 million visitors all together.

Source: VSCD