The Philharmonia Orchestra is capturing its performances in VR

Classical music has a problem: young people just aren’t listening to it. For the Philharmonia Orchestra and its Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, 59 (above centre), one solution is VR.

“A symphony orchestra on stage in a concert hall can sometimes be a distant experience,” says Salonen. “Captured in VR, it would be a unique way in for people who don’t have previous experience of this”.

The Philharmonia are no strangers to merging technology and music. Previous projects include a 12-metre touring MusicLab – in which hacked instruments let kids learn the basics, Guitar Hero-style; the iPad app Orchestra; and the Universe of Sound, a walk-through installation of Holst’s The Planets. Read More