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    Which orchestra should I book?

    All of our orchestras are excellent ensembles of international standing.  If you are unsure which orchestra is best for your project, please contact us, giving us more information about your project and we will suggest which orchestra might be most suitable.

    Because all three orchestras have busy touring and concert schedules, it could be that the choice of orchestra for your project will be determined by availability.

    Please note, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has limited availability and is generally only available for feature film projects or recording projects for major labels.

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    What recording services do you provide?

    We can provide everything from the orchestra and the studio space through to a finished and edited master. When you ask for a quote, please specify which of the following you will need:

    • Orchestral Musicians (please specify number of musicians and, if possible, the precise orchestration)
    • Recording Studio
    • Producer (Czech or UK)
    • Sound Engineer (Czech or UK)
    • Librarian services (incl. score and part printing from PDF)
    • Translator (not always necessary – the orchestras and producers/engineers are used to working with English-speaking conductors and clients)
    • Conductor
    • Post-production (editing, mixing and mastering)
    • Any other requirements not mentioned above
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    How much do the orchestras cost to hire?

    The cost of hiring an orchestra through us is far less expensive than that of professional orchestras in the UK and USA. Your contract with us will be a complete buyout and you will not have to pay any further royalties to the orchestra, even for film and television scores.

    Please note that the cost of hiring the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is considerably higher than that of hiring the Brno Philharmonic or Janacek Philharmonic.

    Please contact us and we will happily give you a no-obligation quote, either for your complete project or simply for the orchestra hire itself.

    Recording with us represents excellent financial and artistic value.

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    How far ahead do we need to book?

    We are sometimes able to accommodate bookings at short notice. Please remember, however, that the orchestras have busy concert seasons throughout the year and short-notice bookings may sometimes be difficult.

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    Can we use our own conductor?

    This is not normally a problem. If your conductor is not known to us, we will ask you to provide us with some background information about him/her. We do insist that conductors working with the orchestras are experienced, professional conductors and have considerable experience of working with professional orchestras in the past.

    If you need a conductor, we will be happy to recommend one of our English-speaking conductors who is familiar with the orchestra and with recording in Brno.

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    Can you organise accommodation for us?

    We can make hotel bookings for you in Brno and Ostrava at preferential rates with our partner hotels in those cities.  Please ask us if you would like us to do so.  We will book the hotel for you and you will simply settle the bill on check-out as normal.

    In Prague, we are happy to recommend excellent hotels near our studios.

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    How do I book an orchestra?

    Contact us and let us know details of your project. We will let you have a no-obligation quote shortly after.

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    What are the booking terms?

    50% of the total fee must be paid at least 14 days prior to the first day of recording. The balance is payable within 14 days of the last session. Audio files from the sessions will be released on receipt of the balance of payment.  In practice, most clients pay the full balance before the end of the last session so that they can take away the recorded materials with them.

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    Do we need to provide a contract?

    No. We will provide a contract once you have indicated that you would like to make a booking. The booking will be confirmed once we have received a signed copy of the contract from you.

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    Can you provide orchestral parts?

    No. You will need to provide all orchestral material yourself. If possible, we would prefer you to send us the orchestral material in advance of the sessions. If the sessions are being conducted by one of our own conductors, please make sure that the scores are made available to him well in advance. Thank you.

    There are two exceptions to this:

    • if the orchestra happens to have the music you want to record in its in-house library, you can normally use this free of charge.
    • we are happy to print scores and parts at no extra cost if you provide PDFs well in advance of the recording sessions