Musicians at the San Francisco Symphony have ended their 18-day strike after reaching a tentative deal with managers over their labour dispute.

The bandmembers staged a walk-out on 13 March (13) after arguing with union officials about a potential salary hike, and a number of concerts across America were cancelled as a result of their failed negotiations.

However, both parties reached a tentative agreement over the weekend (30-31Mar13), prompting the organisation to return to the stage for the first time on Tuesday (02Apr13) for a free show at the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, which was attended by nearly 2,000 primary schoolchildren as part of a week-long series of educational programmes.

The city symphony's executive director, Brent Assink, tells local news website NBCBayArea.com, "We think that is totally fitting and appropriate that they're the first people through our doors for the past couple of weeks."

The deal must still be approved by the full orchestra and Board of Governors before going in to affect.