The “virtual Philharmonia orchestra” is proving a great success in Canterbury


Hundreds of people visited the free attraction at Christ Church University’s Augustine House over its opening weekend. Weekdays are busy with school groups from across Kent.
Visitors are able to “step inside” the orchestra, and see giant live 360-degree projections of Holst’s The Planets, conducted by the Philharmonia’s Principle Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen. This is accompanied by multi-channel surround sound.

There are a series of 10 separate rooms (each presenting a section of the orchestra) and connected pods, which offer visitors the opportunity to join in as musicians, conductors, arrangers and composers, ultimately creating their own, new Planets musical experience.

The Philharmonia’s Laura Callaghan said feedback so far has been entirely and overwhelmingly positive: “Visitors have been getting a lot out of it; we have already had a few people come back for a second time and most say when they are leaving that they intend to tell friends and colleagues about Universe of Sound because they have been so impressed.”
Universe Of Sound runs daily from 10am to 6pm until Sunday 12 May. The Philharmonia is The Marlowe Theatre’s resident orchestra.

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