• The Philharmonia announces new investment in its Digital programme, with a major new role and investment from the David & Elaine Potter Foundation
  • Application for Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding for 2018-22 is successful: ACE will continue to invest at the existing level of £2.04million a year

The Philharmonia Orchestra today announces a new phase in its Digital programme, with a new senior research-and-development role. The new position, taken up by outgoing Digital Director Luke Ritchie, is supported by the David & Elaine Potter Foundation.

As Head of Digital Innovation and Partnerships, Ritchie will focus on developing new digital products and experiences, commercialising existing digital products, and developing the Philharmonia’s relationships with technology companies. Thomas Gillet takes over as Head of Digital and will manage the Philharmonia’s in-house Digital team, delivering the department’s core work in web, video and touring installations.

Helen Sprott commented: “It is fantastic that Luke, who led the development of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Reality output, will be staying at the Orchestra in this new, developmental role. With this position, we re-affirm the role of Digital at the very heart of the Orchestra. Huge thanks to the David and Elaine Potter Foundation for their support, which goes back many years and has empowered the Philharmonia to keep working at the forefront of new technology.”

Luke Ritchie said: “With a new Virtual Reality app recently released on the PlayStationVR platform, and a project in development with Google’s VR team, the Philharmonia continues to innovate with technology as a tool for bringing the Orchestra into contact with more people across more platforms. Thanks to the generosity of the David & Elaine Potter Foundation we now have the resource to develop new and exciting digital projects and products, and our commitment is to take our work in this area to a new level.”

This news follows last week’s announcement of Arts Council England’s (ACE) National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) roster for 2018-22. ACE will continue to invest in the Philharmonia’s work at the same level as 2015-18: £2.04million a year.

Philharmonia Managing Director Helen Sprott said: “Arts Council England’s continued investment in the Philharmonia Orchestra is a vote of confidence in our work, and reflects the success of the Orchestra’s artistic and education programmes, and audience reach in London, across the UK and internationally. The challenges facing the orchestral sector are formidable, but with ACE’s commitment, a strong management and great artistic leadership in place, and an orchestra performing at the very highest level, the Philharmonia is in an excellent position.”


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