Orchestras Live Chief Executive, Sarah Derbyshire, reflects on the evolving digital needs of the present moment, and our commitment to continue working on the cutting edge of these developments.
As an influential leader in the orchestral sector, Orchestras Live is alive to innovations and their potential to drive positive change. Whilst it’s part of our organisational culture to be prepared to break the mould and explore new ideas or practices, the challenges presented by Covid 19 have certainly put that to the test.
Since March 2020 we’ve been adapting and developing new ways of working and we’ve learned a huge amount. Harnessing the power of digital platforms to maintain or initiate project delivery overturned many assumptions about technology that had previously been barriers to innovation and experimentation.
With participants, performers and partners, we experienced the democratising potential of digital technology, putting everyone on an equal footing in a creative space. This has powered up our ambition to innovate and create new digital work that resets the boundaries for orchestras, audiences and participants.
An initial iteration of that ambition is the Create Space project, combining our core priorities of co-creation with local communities, commissioning diverse creative practitioners, and building the contribution and visibility of artists and participants from backgrounds that are historically under-represented in the music industry.
At the same time, Create Space provides a test bed to explore new ways for promoters to engage audiences in a completely new orchestral experience, featuring a specially created digital piece.
A newly appointed Digital Strategy Consultant will incorporate the learning from this pilot into a new strategy that will place work in the digital sphere alongside live, in person performance and engagement.
This is an exciting time for Orchestras Live and our partners. The past two years have taken us on a rapid journey to develop new skills and understanding. Now we’re embarking on the next phase and I’m confident that we can continue to harness digital technology for maximum artistic and social impact.