An intricate projector installation will allow the acclaimed Philarmonia Orchestra to take up virtual residence in London’s Science Museum this summer.
The digital installation will be in place for six weeks in May, June and July, creating a high definition interactive experience for visitors to the museum.
The large scale installation will take form of a planetarium-style display, which will allow visitors to step inside the orchestra – and even take on the role of conductor – as the musicians perform The Planets, the well-known suite by composer, Gustav Holst. The display will also make use of touch screen technology, providing information on the orchestra and musicians.
The Philarmonia’s head of digital, Richard Slaney, said that the project was a stunning fusion of science and the arts.
“We learnt through [our previous digital project] RE-RITE that far from being an elitist art form, there is a colossal public enthusiasm for experiencing classical music, and for stepping inside a real, live orchestra,” he said. “This project is five times as ambitious, and ten times as exciting. We can’t wait to show people how thrilling a live orchestra really is.”
The orchestra’s principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, added that the display would appeal to people of all ages and musical abilities.
He explained, “This project offers everyone, from the very young to the very old, from the absolute novice to the experienced musician, the chance to step right into the heart of one of the world’s finest symphony orchestras.”