Founded in 1951, the Collegium Musicum Basel plays an important role for the diverse music scene in the Swiss city. The orchestra distinguishes itself by ist independence and the wide Repertoire. The name Collegium Musicum dates back more than 300 years – a small orchestra with the same name was founded in 1708. Today’s Collegium Musicum also started as a small chamber orchestra, but soon reached the size of a symphony orchestra with about 60 professional musicians. Their concerts also include guest Performances abroad. When asked about the role of the Collegium Musicum in Basel’s cultural scene, Hanne Sieber of the orchestra refers to the great variety of classical Music in the city: “The Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Sinfonietta or the baroque orchestra La Cetra have an outstanding international reputation.”