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In October, the London Symphony Orchestra launched LSO Play, an innovative, web-based platform which allowed 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 interactive website can be viewed here.

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