- Date: 25 July 2013
- Artform: None
- Area: National
Visitors to the museum had the opportunity to conduct, play and step inside a virtual Philharmonia Orchestra, joining 132 musicians and the orchestra's principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, performing Holst's popular suite.
Visitors to The Space watched movements of The Planets unfold and selected their own camera angles and dynamics. In addition, behind the scenes material included a documentary of the creative process for Universe of Sound and interviews with the creative team, Esa-Pekka Salonen and musicians.
The key challenges and learnings for the Philharmonia Orchestra included:
Successes of the project include:
Research from the independently commissioned evaluations found that some interviewees viewed the Philharmonia project as one of the most unique and interesting projects on The Space, praising the inventiveness of the idea as something that has not been seen elsewhere online. One commented, "It's using digital to create a new experience of a live event - it's doing something new with something that already exists." (Quote from the summary evaluation of The Space pilot).
The Philharmonia Orchestra see the project's legacy as giving them a new and planned approach to working with digital content. Slaney says, "The Space will undoubtedly have an effect on how we work with digital content in the future".
Slaney hopes that there will be a chance for further collaboration in the future. He says:
"Despite the obvious challenges of creating and adapting our content for The Space, we have really enjoyed the collaboration, and would like to continue our relationship in the future. The service has the potential to become very powerful within the UK and international arts scene, and we would welcome the opportunity to further discuss our collaboration and ways in which The Space and arts organisations can develop together."