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BBC Philharmonic to launch new ‘interactive concerts’

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The BBC Philharmonic is to launch a new series of interactive concerts set to change the way music lovers experience orchestral performances.

Organised in partnership with the University of Salford, The Red Brick Sessions are a series of nine free concerts to be performed at the university’s newly renovated Peel Hall.

Using new technology from BBC Research & Development, the concerts will create a more immersive musical experience for audiences both in the venue and across the country. The performance and interval discussion will feature in an enhanced live video stream on the BBC Philharmonic website, enabling the audience to zoom into specific sections, receive synced information about the music and even view a live orchestral score.

The concert audience are invited to bring their mobiles and tablets with them to access this information while they enjoy the performance.

The Red Brick Sessions will feature new and rarely performed works by Thomas Larcher, Tansy Davies and Ligeti, alongside more familiar orchestral pieces.

The first enhanced live stream will take place on Thursday 13 October when the BBC Philharmonic will perform Thomas Larcher’s cello concerto Ourorobos with soloist Matthew Barley and Mozart’s Symphony No. 25.

Simon Webb, BBC Philharmonic general manager, said: ‘This is the next step in the BBC Philharmonic’s collaborative relationship with the City of Salford, working in partnership with its university and council to develop the city’s cultural offering. For this series we’re throwing out the rule book: Join [presenter] Elizabeth Alker and turn on your devices, grab a drink and experience the music. Whether you’re a lifelong musician or you’ve never seen an orchestra before, the sessions will offer you something new.’

The performances will be streamed live on the BBC Philharmonic website and be available for 30 days after broadcast. The concerts will also be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The first enhanced live stream will take place on Thursday 13 October on



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