Music and technology join together in Plymouth

Families are invited to take part in the iOrchestra event

Families are invited to take part in the iOrchestra event - Credit: Archant

A new digital music project is coming to Plymouth at the end of the month.

The event includes live performances

The event includes live performances - Credit: Archant

Led by national orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the free program of musical activities will take place across the city during April and May as part of a wider tour of the South West.

The project introduces a combination of the latest digital technology with live performance in an exciting and interactive musical experience. “This project will add another string to the city’s bow,” says Councillor Peter Smith, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Plymouth City Council. “ More and more people are waking up to Plymouth as a cultural destination. World-class musicians coming here and inspiring new audiences, using digital technology. It sounds really exciting and we look forward to hearing more about the incredible opportunities this will create.”

A range of activities and workshops will be available, including ‘RE-RITE’, a digital ‘virtual orchestra’ installation based on Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. This large scale, walk through experience, located on the Piazza in Plymouth, allows vistors to feel the sensation of being among more than 100 expert musicians and the thrill of playing among them. In one area, the audience can perform on real instruments as part of the percussion section, guided on-screen by the Philharmonia’s Principal Percussionist David Corkhill. In another, the control centre, they can take on the role of conductor, mixing the sound and visuals of the Orchestra.

The thrilling project will be closed by a free open air concert. The full Philharmonia Orchestra will play for all to enjoy on Sunday 11 May in Plymouth. Presented by Tim Steiner, the concert, A Traveller’s Guide, will consist of a specially chosen programme to appeal to families and those new to orchestral music, all around the theme of transport and destinations.

iOrchestra runs from 29 April-11 May with free admission. For more information visit the iOrchestra website.