C’mon Bernard, give us a smile. After all, the Royal College of Music is teaming up with medici.tv to live stream at the conservatoire’s campus in London’s South Kensington.
This represents another major step towards a new era for UK conservatoires – something I’ve noticed over the past twelve months – who are feeling the pressure to project their brands further than UK borders.
With more than 300,000 subscribers across 182 countries, medici.tv is the largest online platform broadcasting classical music to audiences around the world. The RCM is the first UK conservatoire to partner with medici.tv.
To launch the partnership on 2 February 2018, a concert conducted by Bernard Haitink (pictured above) will be streamed live (and free) to audiences around the world at 7.30pm GMT. The concert features the RCM Symphony Orchestra and BBC Young Musician Martin James Barlett and includes Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony and Mozart’s Piano Concerto in C minor.
There will also be an archive of masterclasses made available on a dedicated RCM page on medici.tv, viewers can also watch an impressive array of past masterclasses. Peachy.
It’s mildly disappointing that medici.tv still don’t have a connected TV app. At the moment I need to either purchase Apple TV or risk sync issues as cast the video via Chromecast. I’ve tried accessing Medici via the TV/Blu-Ray browser and its OK. But as soon as there’s a connected TV I can install like the Berlin Phil’s Digital Concert Hall, I’ll be signing up.
Even so, this is a great development. One step closer. It’s also good to see that the live streams (including some videos in 4K I see) will also be available via the RCM’s YouTube Channel and via www.rcm.ac.uk/live.
The Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra will be streamed live for free on Medici.TV and YouTube from 7.30pm GMT on Friday 2 February. The programme includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.24 in C Minor played by Martin James Bartlett.