The Online Orchestra is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). We're asking how we can use the internet to give children and amateur musicians who live in remote communities around the country the same opportunities to play in an orchestra as those who live in larger towns and cities. We're designing an online orchestra that will allow people who live hundreds of miles apart to make music together for the first time.
Making music in ensembles has a wide range of benefits. Not only do you improve your musical ability, but ensemble performance has also been shown to benefit social and personal skills, create a sense of community and even improve your health and wellbeing. The UK Government's National Music Plan recognizes these benefits, recommending that 'Children from all backgrounds and every part of England should have the opportunity ... to make music with others'.
Yet in parts of the country such as Cornwall, where many people live in geographically remote communities, it's often difficult to find the opportunity to make music with other people: either there are not enough musicians living in one place, or the time and expense of travel prevents regular participation.
Online Orchestra World Premiere
Our aim is to design a way of making music online that enables a meaningful and enjoyable musical experience by amateur musicians and children who live in geographically remote communities. This approach was showcased for the first time at our inaugural Online Orchestra performance on 12 July 2015, which featured musicians from around Cornwall performing together online. We will also share our approach, so that other remotely located musicians anywhere in the world can in the future form their own online orchestras.
The Online Orchestra is a research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Meet our research team
- Dr Michael Rofe - Principal Investigator
- Dr Jon Hargreaves - Co-Investigator, Performance
- Professor John Pickard - Co-Investigator, Composition
- Dr David Prior - Co-Investigator, Technology
- Jim Aitchison - Researcher, Composition
- Ian Biscoe - Researcher, Technology
- Erik Geelhoed - Researcher, Experience Design
- Dr Federico Reuben - Researcher, Composition and Technology
- Andrea Rushton - Researcher, Performance
- Dr Philip Reeder - Researcher, Technology
For more details contact:
Dr Michael Rofe
Course Coordinator, BA(Hons) Music