The Virtual Orchestra

The Virtual Orchestra

Experience The Virtual Orchestra and step inside the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The Virtual Orchestra is a digital symphony orchestra on your doorstep, powered by the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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What is inside The Virtual Orchestra?

An immersive 10-room installation showcases the internal workings of the Philharmonia as the Orchestra perform Holst’s The Planets, conducted by Principal Conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. The installation invites you to step inside the Orchestra to witness each section playing their part. With over 37 screens, journey your way through the installation from violins to percussion, and from Mercury to Neptune.

Alongside, try our award-winning Virtual Reality experience. Put on VR headsets and headphones and be whisked to London’s Royal Festival Hall to see a performance of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony from inside the Orchestra. This is a 360-degree experience: recorded with 3D audio as well as 3D visuals, you hear each and every instrument as you turn to see the Philharmonia Orchestra all around you.

The Virtual Orchestra engages communities in music and gives everyone the opportunity to experience a symphony orchestra up-close, no matter what your age or experience. Alongside the installation and virtual reality, a Fringe festival of workshops and performances from local schools, organisations, and musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra, culminates in a large-scale concert from the Philharmonia Orchestra.

“An extraordinary glimpse inside the sights and sounds of a symphony orchestra”
The Guardian