LSO to stream Verdi’s Requiem live on YouTube for free on Sunday 18 September

Very pleased to see news of another live stream to be made available on YouTube later this month.

Following Wigmore Hall and the Royal College of Music, now the LSO will stream its 2016/17 season opener on Sunday 18 September from 7pm.

The concert – a performance of Verdi’s Requiem – will feature soprano Erika Grimaldi, mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, tenor Francesco Meli and baritone Michele Pertusi performing alongside the London Symphony Chorus.

There’ll also be a live backstage pre-concert broadcast from 6.20pm on the LSO’s Facebook page.

This LSO ‘first’ is something other orchestras need to do. With home broadband connections getting faster, and decent audio-visual easier to set-up, and streaming video platforms available on connected TVs and relatively inexpensive third party devices, linking up with a common distribution platform like YouTube makes for a potentially wider audience.

Live YouTube streams still present themselves as a classical music treat (similar to that experienced when concerts were first streamed in cinemas). If they’re not already, it’s surely only a matter of time before orchestras begin working in partnership, sharing one another’s infrastructure and skill sets to bring rich experiences, independent from the traditional broadcast model.

Find out more on the LSO website.

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