iOrchestra tours South West

Arts Council England has announced a major award for the Philharmonia Orchestra under its Strategic Touring Programme. The project, iOrchestra, will see the Philharmonia leading a consortium of arts and education providers in the South-West Peninsula, using the Orchestra’s pioneering expertise in digital technologies to ignite interest and participation amongst new audiences for classical music.

At the heart of iOrchestra are the Philharmonia’s award-winning digital “virtual orchestra” installations, RE-RITE (based on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring) and Universe of Sound (based on Holst’s The Planets, which this year has toured to Canterbury and Birmingham following its successful appearance at London’s Science Museum in 2012). The installations, created with the Philharmonia’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, will form the centrepiece of a programme of live and digital music and education activity based in three cultural priority areas: Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall (South-West Peninsula). Live concerts and a specially commissioned pop-up digital installation, which will tour on a lorry to outlying towns and communities, will sit alongside the main installations, collectively offering a pioneering interactive digital and live performance programme tailored towards engaging communities who don’t have access to orchestral music.

Further information on iOrchestra, including a dedicated project website will be available over the coming few months.

Read a full press release here.