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Join the 'virtual' iOrchestra at Torquay

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

PROJECT: The iorchestra Torre Abbey Meadows Andy Styles TQAS20140527B-06_C

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HAVE you ever wanted to be part of an orchestra?

The 'iOrchestra' on Torre Abbey Meadows in Torquay until the June 7 is an interactive experience which gives you the chance.

James Williams, project director, believes the project allows the orchestra to be experienced in a fun and exciting way.

"It is about demystifying the orchestra and getting across the message it is not just for the elite, but for everyone," he says.

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"Roughly 80 per cent of people have heard of the works we do, but aren't actually aware of it. For instance, we did the score to the Harry Potter video game."

Last week in Plymouth 16,500 people experienced the project and organisers hope for similar numbers in Torquay, with 2,000 schoolchildren already due to attend next week.

Visitors to the event have the chance to see the sections of the orchestra, performing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, in action 'virtually' and can join in themselves with the opportunity to be the conductor or to join in with the percussion section.

Marketing director of the Philharmonia, Alice Walton, believes the walk-through, award-winning digital virtual orchestra allows people to experience it in a totally different fashion.

"If it inspires someone to take up a musical instrument it will be worth it," she said.

The highlight of the event will be on Sunday, June 8, when the real Philharmonia Orchestra will be visiting from London to perform a free concert at 5pm.

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