Location: The Oak Room, Hospital Club, 24 Endell Street, London WC2H 9HQ
From digital orchestras to video-on-demand and from virtual reality to live cinema, the ways to broaden the reach of theatre and music beyond the auditorium have multiplied in the past decade. What are the opportunities and challenges of these technologies for the arts? How do increased possibilities for digital distribution change the performing arts sector?
This panel discussion will explore the digital works of arts organisations and ask all of the important questions: are these projects available to all types of organisations or are they just the preserve of those with the biggest budgets? Is there a real risk of cannibalising live audiences? Does it really enrich the art form or is it just about increasing reach?
During this panel discussion we'll hear from:
Tom Nelson, Creative Producer (Digital), Royal Opera House
As a Creative Producer Tom delivers digital experiences at the Royal Opera House entertain and educate audiences across the globe in the art forms of opera and ballet. In 2012 he conceived and delivered Royal Ballet LIVE, a day of behind-the-scenes content broadcast live across the globe in partnership with YouTube. Recognising the phenomenal appetite for this content, he engaged partners across the globe to set up World Ballet Day in 2014, an annual initiative touching millions across the world. Recently, he conceived and delivered virtual reality experiences (Nabucco in 360 and Nutcracker 360) and created the award-winning digital experience The Opera Machine.
Becky Lees, Head of LSO Live, London Symphony Orchestra
Becky has worked within the classical music industry for over fifteen years. Initially working for an independent recording label, Becky has gone on to work at the Royal Opera House and LSO, where at both arts organisations she specialised in media and digital strategy. Currently Becky is in the senior team at the LSO tasked to develop significant projects to increase audiences both inside and outside the concert hall. She is also a member of the BPI Classical Committee.
Rachael Castell, Film and Event Cinema Consultant (Panel Chair)
Rachael is a consultant, interviewer and presenter, hosting one-on-one discussions, panels, Q&As and training courses across the film, comedy and music industries. More information is available on www.rachaelcastell.com.
This talk will be followed by a Q&A and networking drinks at the Oak Bar at the Hospital Club.
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