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Virtual Reality Orchestra Experience

Riverside Bedford
Event organized by Riverside Bedford

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step inside the Philharmonia Orchestra with the Virtual Orchestra experience at Riverside Bedford this summer.

The Virtual Orchestra is a digital symphony orchestra on your doorstep, powered by the Philharmonia Orchestra. Hosted in a pop-up venue in Riverside Square in central Bedford, the installation will is free and open to all members of the public every day for six weeks (exact opening hours tbc but minimum noon to 6:30 pm daily).

What is The Virtual Orchestra Experience?
The Virtual Orchestra tent is an immersive 10-room installation showcasing 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.

VR Headsets
Alongside, try the Philharmonia's 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.

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

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 at Bedford Corn Exchange on Friday 10 August 2018.

The opening two weeks of the installation will be largely devoted to running tailor-made workshops for school and community groups. Family workshops will continue to be delivered across the remaining four weeks of the installation.

The Philharmonia is keen to explore opportunities for local partnerships as part of this project.

If you are interested to find out how you can contribute, please contact Jonathan Mayes: jonathan.mayes@philharmonia.co.uk