The Philharmonia Orchestra’s first digital installation was the PLAY.orchestra project which took place outside Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall during the summer of 2006. 56 plastic cubes and 3 Hotspots were laid out on a full size orchestra stage, each cube containing a light and speaker. Sitting down on the cubes or standing in the hotspots turned on an individual instrument and with the addition of 58 friends you could hear the full piece. PLAY.orchestra played two different pieces each week - one a new commission from a young composer and one a piece from the classical repertoire.
PLAY.orchestra was the result of a collaboration between Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments, South Bank Centre Education and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The instrument graphics were created by pupils from 6 Lambeth primary schools.