THE PHILHARMONIA IS COMMISSIONED BY THE SPACE TO CREATE NEW LIVE STREAM AND VIRTUAL REALITY FILMING PROJECT TO CELEBRATE THE ORCHESTRA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
The Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s concert at Southbank Centre on Sunday 1 October (3pm) to be live-streamed to a global audience
The performance, of Mahler’s Third Symphony, will also be filmed in Virtual Reality for future VR release
The project, commissioned by The Space, celebrates 10 years of Esa-Pekka Salonen as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor
The Philharmonia Orchestra has been commissioned by The Space to capture its concert with Esa-Pekka Salonen on Sunday 1 October 2017 (3pm) in multi-camera 2D and Virtual Reality, in a multi-purpose filming project that celebrates Salonen’s 10th year as Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor.
The project will unfold over several stages, opening with the live stream on Sunday 1 October at 3pm, titled Philharmonia: Live from London. The performance, of Mahler’s Third Symphony, will be live-streamed (in 2D) to online audiences worldwide, broadcast from Southbank Centre’s YouTube channel and Facebook Live via the Guardian’s channel. The pre-broadcast will introduce the concert (from 2.50pm), featuring live interviews and archive footage of the Philharmonia and Salonen.
The concert will also be captured in virtual reality for release in November on YouTubeVR, at which point an archive version of the 2D broadcast will be released on YouTube.
This special project marks a historic moment in the life of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Mahler’s Third Symphony is the work that launched Salonen’s 34-year relationship with the Orchestra, when in 1983 he stepped in at late notice – as an unknown young conductor – to conduct the Philharmonia at Royal Festival Hall.
The new VR capture will be the third major content release in Virtual Reality from the Philharmonia. Its first VR film, The Virtual Orchestra, is currently being presented, free, at Southbank Centre this weekend, as part of the Nordic Music Days Festival: The Virtual Orchestra: Sibelius 360. The Orchestra’s second VR film was commissioned by Google, in partnership with NASA, and is currently being showcased in Covent Garden at London’s Raindance VRX Film Festival, for which it has been nominated for a ‘Best Music Experience’ award.