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LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA LAUNCHES LSO PLAY, AN INNOVATIVE, WEB-BASED PLATFORM THAT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO GET INSIDE THE ORCHESTRA
The London Symphony Orchestra launches LSO Play, an innovative, web-based platform which allows users to immerse themselves in the Orchestra in concert. Open to everyone, but with a focus on educational use for schools and students, the new platform uses high-definition concert footage and allows users to control views of the performance from within the different sections of the orchestra, extending the experience of those who visit a LSO performance or LSO Discovery event, as well as being a means of engaging more deeply with audiences unable to visit in person.
Developed in collaboration with London-based design studio Sennep and LSO Discovery, the Orchestra’s education and community programme, users can look at up to four different views of the Orchestra at a time, including different instrumental sections, and a close up of the conductor from the players’ point of view. A young flautist, for example, could choose to focus solely on the woodwind section, or a teacher could display different views to introduce their class to the families of instruments and the conductor. The first featured work is Ravel’s Bolero, with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev, and the site will be updated with new works, all filmed in HD during the LSO’s Barbican season.
The site has associated resources including video master classes and workshops featuring demonstrations, and commentary by LSO musicians and experts, teacher resource packs and contextual information on the musical background and history of the repertoire.
LSO Play is open to all, and can be accessed at http://play.lso.co.uk
Kathryn McDowell, LSO Managing Director, said:
'Providing access to the LSO through innovative use of video content and digital platforms is at the very heart of LSO Discovery, and I’m delighted that LSO Play launches today featuring the first of many high quality films of LSO concerts. I hope that the public will enjoy seeing the performances from angles which are usually seen only by the musicians and conductor.'
Gareth Davies, LSO Principal Flute, said:
'As Principal Flute I have the best seat in the house, right in the centre of the orchestra, and I’ve often wished that the audience could experience some of what I can see and hear from my position. I’m thrilled that LSO Play gives the audience a chance to see close up the skill and work that goes into my colleagues’ performances.'
Barry Bloor, Project Manager at Sennep, said:
'It was a pleasure to work with the LSO team to create Play. The approach was truly collaborative, with both parties working together to expand the brief. The result is an experience which allows people to see the orchestra like never before.'
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