RE-RITE, the Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital Residency, allows members of the public to conduct, play and step inside the Philharmonia Orchestra with Esa-Pekka Salonen through audio and video projections of musicians performing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
The project first opened to the public at the Bargehouse on London's South Bank on 3 November 2009, the project shows every section of the Orchestra performing The Rite of Spring simultaneously 'as live'. The public are able to sit amongst the horn players, perform in the percussion section and take up the baton and control sections of the Orchestra as they play.
Since then RE-RITE has visted Leicester in April 2010 and Lisbon, Portugal in January 2011 and Dortmund, Germany in October- November 2011, Tianjin, China in May 2012 and Izmir, Turkey as a part of the International Izmir Festival in June 2012.
This ambitious project, made possible through the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, is the brainchild of the Philharmonia's Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has developed the concept with the Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital Department.
Being inside an orchestra, experiencing the sensation of 101 players taking on this iconic music is one of the biggest adrenalin rushes, and one that I want to share with the world. Now we're doing just that.
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor