The new proposed relief for orchestras was originally drafted to insist that you had to have strings, brass, woodwind and percussion or you didn't qualify. It discriminated against brass bands. Interestingly, lots of "proper" orchestral music wouldn't have qualified either: for example, Mozart's 40th symphony didn't have percussion; and Vivaldi's Four Seasons only has strings and nothing else. It sounds like someone who isn't completely clueless has at last had some input into the proposals.
Brassed off Treasury confirms orchestra tax break is for brass bands too Chancellor makes swift clarification to avoid accusations of snobbery and memories of the ‘pasty tax’ debacle in 2012 budget