More than 31,000 people experienced the recent iOrchestra events in Plymouth city centre, North Prospect, Whitleigh, Efford, Stonehouse and Devonport.
Inspired by the latest digital technology, iOrchestra gave local people and communities the amazing opportunity to step inside the beating heart of an orchestra.
A whopping 26,873 visited Universe of Sound, the Philharmonia’s giant digital installation on Armada Way; 3,018 visited the MusicLab in North Prospect, Whitleigh, Efford and Stonehouse and Devonport and almost 2,000 people packed out Plymouth Pavilions for a live concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra.
There was a great response from Plymouth residents. Toluse from Efford said: “You have one more fan in the world. I’ll never think of orchestral music the same again” and Rebecca from Plympton said: “I enjoyed it more than I thought. This was my first, but it won’t be my last.”
Alongside the main events iOrchestra also played host to the iOrchestra Fringe, a series of community-based events all inspired by Universe of Sound. Highlights included Planimation, a series of brand new animations created by youth groups across Plymouth in response to Holst’s The Planets and Universe of Dance, where Plymouth University Orchestra and dancers from across Plymouth came together to create a unique performance of a space-themed dance.
And it’s not over yet. On Saturday 6 June musicians from the Philharmonia will collaborate with artists from local arts project group Take A Part for the live performance of Green Orchestra. The performance in Place de Brest (4pm to 5pm) will be the culmination of a series of workshops exploring how to create music from food and foraged materials. Recycling found objects, vegetables and natural materials, Green Orchestra also raises awareness of Plymouth’s underused green spaces and promotes healthy eating and home vegetable growing.
Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “This project has been a resounding success and is testament to the hard work of a number of people in the city as well as the Philharmonia Orchestra itself. I’m very proud of what’s been achieved. When you combine this year’s figures with the attendance numbers from 2014 it shows that nearly 50,000 people have engaged with the iOrchestra project here in Plymouth, which is astounding.”
iOrchestra is now touring communities across Torbay (until 7 June) and Cornwall (8 June to 12 July).