We really need a few more players who will take responsibility and play - tradionally the orchestra 'leader' is a violinist who takes a lot of responsibity - we haven't got someone in the violins who will take charge and drag them into time so they are quite often all over the place. To 'cover' this problem others of the group are usually given different music to 'assist' (but woe betide someone if they hint that the violin players can't stay in time.....). Unfortunatly I'm one of these 'firefighters' and although its interesting it is very tiring and demanding.
So, I think I will go home in a bit and try and relax a bit. Although the latter is probably a lost cause I will at least get some time to recover the scattered parts of my head.