12 concerts to be streamed during the first year

LPO responding to how the entertainment industry has been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic

Today, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is pleased to announce that it is building on its successful relationship with streaming service Marquee TV, with a two-year digital residency. It will include concerts filmed live for later broadcast, as well as further insight content.

In the first year, twelve concerts will be broadcast: ten of them from the LPO’s 2021/22 Royal Festival Hall season. The first two concerts, available for free for 72 hours from 7:30pm on Friday 17 September, were captured earlier in the year from Saffron Hall, where the Orchestra is resident. New Principal Conductor Edward Gardner is joined by tenor Nicky Spence for Britten’s (orch Holloway) Winter Words as well as Freya Waley-Cohen’s Changeling and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (Reformation).

Karina Canellakis [pictured], in her first full season as Principal Guest Conductor, leads the Orchestra in Walker’s Lyric for Strings, Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

Throughout the rest of the year, viewers will be able to watch soloists such as Artist-in-Residence Julia Fischer; soprano Christiane Karg; cellists Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Alban Gerhardt; violist Nils Mönkemeyer;pianist Inon Barnatan and baritone Roderick Williams. These concerts will be free for 48 hours after which they will be added to the LPO collection of concerts, and accessible to Marquee TV subscribers. In order to watch the concerts, you will need to create a free account with Marquee TV and log in. Click here for instructions on how to do so.

The LPO is also continuing its partnership with Intersection (formerly Silent Studios), who helped with the creative capture and presentation of LPO digital concerts last season, and are developing a fresh digital presentation appropriate for the LPO’s hybrid live-digital concerts in 2021/22. Intersection will work with the LPO’s long term audio recording partners K&A Productions, who provide the sound.

David Burke, Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra says: I am delighted to be building on our relationship with Marquee TV and Intersection in this way. The LPO is proud of its digital output during lockdown, providing entertainment, comfort and escapism to many people. Through this work, we have welcomed new audiences both in the UK and internationally: we have seen how the pandemic has changed our industry and we are committed to continually developing ways for people to experience the Orchestra, wherever they are.”

Susannah Simons, Editorial Director at Marquee TV says: “We have been proud to partner with the LPO during the past period of lockdown and are looking forward to continuing the relationship, bringing world class music to people’s homes around the world. This new season is full of delights and we are excited to be part of it.”

This collaboration demonstrates one of the ways the LPO is responding to how the entertainment industry has been changed by the pandemic. Whilst at first streaming video on demand was the only way for orchestras to perform together and communicate with audiences, lockdown has now shown that streaming can be done well, unearthing new possibilities for the post-COVID-19 world.

The pandemic highlighted the need to commit to having a quality digital offer that is fully integrated into a season and seen as part of the whole picture of what the LPO does. It allows us to reach audiences on a more global and diverse scale, as well as making classical music and the arts more accessible.

Throughout 2020, the LPO broadcast 14 free concerts to over 70,000 households around the globe through Marquee TV; 65% of viewers were outside the UK. Of the total number reached, 35% were in the 18-34 age group. In Spring 2021, a further 13 concerts were streamed on Marquee TV.

Whilst nothing can replace the thrill of live music, the hybrid model of capturing a live concert with beautiful filming, tasteful lighting, quality sound, and an audience can be a creative reimagination of how to convey the wonder of a live orchestra to viewers in their homes around the world. It also provides a fresh income stream, allowing orchestras to invest more in musicians and education projects as well as provide work for the many freelancers who have been hit so badly by the pandemic.