iOrchestra

iOrchestra is a huge programme of installations, events, live concerts and more, which combines the latest digital technology with live performance.

iOrchestra aims to generate increased awareness, knowledge and enjoyment of orchestral music in Plymouth, Torbay and Cornwall both now and for many years to come, through bringing it to the attention of new generations of potential musicians and music-lovers.

The iOrchestra programme is founded on the belief that digital technology can be used to help people learn about and understand the music, so they enjoy it more; and that music can be something families and all members of a community might enjoy and explore together. The mix of activities, performances, visits and resources are designed to allow this to happen, in ways people feel most comfortable.

To help us help even more young people, schools, older residents and other groups to benefit even more from iOrchestra’s potential – whether by volunteering your time and skills, or sponsoring extra activities, find out how to Get Involved.

MusicLab

MusicLab is a new mobile interactive digital installation. Housed in a 13.5m purpose-built trailer, the Philharmonia Orchestra is developing a flexible, pop-up orchestral experience that can reach targeted communities in Plymouth, Torbay and Cornwall.

Using cutting-edge digital technology and innovative interactive design, MusicLab will offer a series of hands-on musical experiences and interactions, designed to put you in the shoes of a composer, performer, producer and conductor. 

MusicLab will be visiting communities in each region in the weeks leading up to and during RE-RITE. There will be opportunities for schools and community groups to sign-up to special tours of MusicLab as well as activities for other local groups and open visit times for the general public.

Live Concerts & Schools Concerts

On the final day of each RE-RITE installation in Plymouth (11 May), Torbay (8 June) and Truro (13 July), the full Philharmonia Orchestra presents a free, hour-long, open air Sunday afternoon concert at the RE-RITE site.

Presented by Tim Steiner, the concert, A Traveller’s Guide, will consist of a specially chosen programme to appeal to families and those new to orchestral music, all around the theme of transport and destinations – keep an ear out for the music of Dambusters, Romeo & Juliet, the Blue Danube, Pirates of the Caribbean and a few surprises in between! The concerts will be fun and informal – with plenty of chances to join in or just sit and take it all in.  The following morning in each region, the Philharmonia presents a special concert for schools based on its successful Orchestra Unwrapped Series that takes place each year in Leicester and Basingstoke.

iOrchestra Consortium

The Philharmonia Orchestra has developed iOrchestra in close collaboration with a consortium of local partners, who will work together with the Orchestra to deliver the project and to ensure that it becomes a genuine catalyst for cultural change, reaching the communities for whom it has been designed. These include Plymouth City Council, Torbay Council, Truro City Council, Torbay Music Service, Plymouth Youth Music Service, Cornwall Learning, i-DAT and Hall for Cornwall.

iOrchestra has been core funded by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Programmme.