This morning didn’t go to according to my plan.The actual plan was to fold the ‘year review’ flyers (mindless job) and post them to our charity in Germany… but I kept postponing this important task by surfing on the Internet trying to find some background noise (music or new audio book) to keep me occupied.
And I discovered this. The Berliner Philharmoniker launched their new concept of the digital concert hall under the heading ‘Any Place, Any Time’. According to a rumour the desire to have this form of a concert hall came from the orchestra players. Oh well what can I say? It has never hurt any musician to be a good business person… so you can even sell tickets to an already sold out house – for a reasonable amount of money (between 5€ and 9€ per concert) and not like that cinema in London (which shall remain unnamed) which sold tickets for a Metropolitan Opera broadcast (Met goes to the Cinema) for ₤22! The concerts already performed remain accessible in the Archives. The website asks you to do a stream test before you log in and buy tickets so you have an idea what the sound and picture quality will be like.
I didn’t feel like Dvořák or Brahms this morning so I watched bits of the Education Programme (Songs – Requiem) which was developed for the Brahms Requiem some time ago. Having done Education work for Opera almost all my life I know what it means and how time consuming it is finding a new approach/programme/theme for the kids to draw them in. I really like the Education Zukunft@BerlinPhil programme and have so far enjoyed watching everything they presented. I love the fact that they can spend so much time with the kids – compared to our programme where we sometimes feel like runing a military organisation. Having considerably more money and staff to run this programme – like the Berlin Phil does – helps – a lot!
There are some free clips here if you’d like to see some bits from Orchestral works, excerpts from an interview and a welcome message. I liked the orchestral clips (haven’t seen the other ones yet, didn’t feel like I wanted to be welcomed to a digital hall), especially as they allowed me to watch the person I had a big crush on in my school time…. We played together in the school orchestra and a cello quartet. He’s been with the Orchestra for years now – still looks the same as he did in school. And no, I’m not going to tell who it is, you can guess if you like though 🙂 meanwhile I’ll go back to folding flyers.