re-rite, The Philharmonia Orchestra's Digital Residency, breaks down the barrier between the audience and the concert platform, allowing new and existing audiences to experience classical music in a uniquely immersive environment.

re-rite was the brainchild of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the first in a series of digital installation projects that have become one of the Orchestra’s hallmarks.

The digital installation divides the Orchestra’s sections into different rooms: violins and violas, woodwind, and brass are represented on giant screens and other projection surfaces – gauzes, walls – as they play Stravinsky’s music ‘as live’. Meandering through these sections the viewer sees what they see, and hears what they hear.

It was shot using 29 high-definition cameras, filmed from a variety of angles and locations. As well as wide shots of the various sections (accompanied by an ‘up-close’ recording of their playing), cameras were placed on top of musicians’ heads, directly in front of individual players, as well as close-up shots of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

re-rite also has an interactive dimension. In one room, the audience take on the role of conductor, mixing the sound and vision of the Orchestra, seeing their own image conducting alongside Salonen on screen (in a similar way, they can also ‘join’ the horn section). In another, they can perform on real instruments as part of the percussion section, guided on-screen by the Philharmonia’s Principal Percussionist David Corkhill.

The project was the first of its kind in 2009, and has since gone on to receive two of the highest awards in the UK for a creative project, including one for audience development. In London, it received over 6,000 visitors in the two weeks that it was running, and has since toured to Germany, Turkey, reaching a peak in China with over 85,000 visitors.

"The Rite still feels so radical because you've got all these seemingly unrelated events happening in layers, at the same time... The technology allows you to get inside those layers, and understand how they combine to make the phenomenal energy of the whole thing."

Esa-Pekka Salonen

re-rite Coming Soon

iOrchestra PRESENTS re-rite in the South West
29 April - 13 July 2014 (more information here)

re-rite Installation History

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, GERMANY
8 May - 29 May 2013

Salzburger Festspiele, Salzburg, AUSTRIA
3 May - 20 May 2013

İzmir Tobacco Factory, İzmir, TURKEY
5 June - 24 June 2012

Grand Theatre, Tianjin, CHINA
30 April - 22 May 2012

Dortmunder U, Dortmund, GERMANY
29 October - 20 November 2011

9 January - 23 January 2011

The former Nursery Building, Leicester, UK
21 April - 25 April 2010

The Bargehouse, London, UK
3 November - 15 November 2009