YouTube Orchestra moves to Sydney Opera House

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 coming to Sydney

Famed didgeridoo artist William Barton belts out some tunes.

Famed didgeridoo artist William Barton belts out some tunes.

YouTube today announced a partnership with Sydney Opera House and renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to bring the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 to Australia.

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra is a worldwide collaboration that unites musicians in an international orchestra via an audition process on YouTube. Originally debuting at Carnegie Hall in 2009, it was a sell-out success, bringing together 90 musicians from 30 different countries with the world's leading classical artists. Now the same concept is coming to the Sydney Opera House, with new ways for amateur musicians to get involved.

“[We’re] taking the 1200-year tradition of classical music and taking it in a new direction,” said classical conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. "The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 at Sydney Opera House will be the next step as we seek to expand beyond the rehearsal room, beyond the concert hall and connect with a global audience."

The announcement was made simultaneously at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall in New York, via a live video feed. Sir Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director at Carnegie Hall, said: “We’re honoured to pass the torch to Australia and [Sydney Opera House CEO] Richard Evans.”

Guests in Australia were treated to a series of live performance from classical music group Aston, didgeridoo maestro William Barton (pictured) and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Quartet.

YouTube's lead product marketing manager, Ed Sanders, also paid respects to the late Joan Sutherland. “It’s great to see new technologies like this taking (opera) to a whole new audience."

This year, applicants have two different ways of entering. Experienced musicians can upload an audition video of a classical music piece to demonstrate their technical abilities. Alternatively, applicants can submit a solo improvisation based on the Mason Bates' orchestral composition Mothership using an instrument of their choice. The orchestral score works as a backdrop to the applicant's music.

“You no longer need to be a classical musician to enter... You don’t even need to own an instrument,” explained Sanders. YouTube has built an augmented reality application for the contest. The app employs a motion sensor that allows users to create music by simply moving an object in front of their webcam.

Online auditions for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 open on 13 October and run until 28 November. The YouTube community will cast the winning votes, choosing from a group of semi-finalists selected by a panel of orchestral professionals. The winning finalists will be flown to Australia for a week of rehearsals and master classes, culminating in a performance at the Sydney Opera house. In all, four improvisers and 96 orchestral members will be selected.

The winners will be announced on 11 January next year.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags youtube

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Jager

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?