Milena Toma, the orchestra’s assistant manager and tutti violin, was born in Bloemfontein and studied in Bucharest in  Romania and Geneva in Switzerland before returning to South Africa. She came to Cape Town in 2014 via the Johannesburg Philharmonic. Combining both jobs is not easy, for practising and rehearsing along with finding ad hoc musicians to replace ill musicians, often at short notice, those on holiday or simply when the orchestra is expanded. This could have her tearing her hair out when harpists are at a convention or there are no bassoons in town!

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