The UK’s Leading Diary Service for Orchestral and Session Musicians
Est. 1976, 39 years of service to the music industry.

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About Us

The Musician’s Answering Service was founded in 1976 by Richard Smith and was the first diary service to cater to both the orchestral and session world.  As a busy freelance oboist he recognised the difficulties musicians had trying to balance their playing commitments whilst ensuring they were available when fixers called.  Thirty nine years later and now supporting over 1000 clients, MAS has established a reputation within the classical music business for professionalism and reliability.

A diary service is like a PA handling all your professional enquiries; ensuring that you do not lose out on work because you are not immediately contactable and taking care of all the necessary communication between yourself and the orchestras who book you, giving you the time to concentrate on playing. In today’s competitive freelance world a diary service is an indispensable tool for the successful musician. Read on..

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Wolfgang Scharff Violin For Sale

Tuesday 24th May 2016

Ready To Go: pre-performance routines of professional orchestral musicians-CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Monday 9th May 2016

A study is taking place, as part of a Master’s course at the Royal College of Music, looking at how professional orchestral musicians prepare for performance. In particular the focus is on pre-performance routines- what it is that musicians do in the hours before a concert to prepare themselves to be able to perform at their best. The study is currently looking for professional orchestral musicians who would be interested in taking part in the research. Full information can be found here: or by e-mailing

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