From the NY TImes, 26 August 2007: "The fascinating thing about the Really Terrible Orchestra, though, is that its appalling players are in fact eminent in other walks of life. They are politicians, bankers, judges, surgeons, senior academics. And the principal bassoonist who doesn't play C sharps happens to be the polymath law professor and best-selling writer Alexander McCall Smith, the author of (among many other things) the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, which are now being filmed for international release."
"the cream of Edinburgh's musically disadvantaged ..."