There has been overwhelming interest recently from musicians wishing to join the RTO. As we could not accommodate them all immediately, we began to compile a waiting list, partly to comply with our equal opportunities charter. When this list exceeded the number of current players, several options were open to us, including offering part-time contracts, guest slots, and concerts-only membership. We even considered creating an entire reserve orchestra – a training RTO!
There then rose the dilemma of what criteria to apply to new members. In keeping with our principles, ‘first come first served’ would have been the fairest method but there were objections, particularly from Peter. He insisted on rigorous selection on the grounds of age and looks but was overruled. Other long-serving players preferred personality testing. One lady member suggested positive discrimination (to admit more men). No one recommended auditions.
In the end, the consensus was that there should be no official waiting list, in case it raised hopes. However, we do keep a note of all enquiries for our records and when vacancies arise the membership sub-committee will approach the lucky ones discreetly.