Well, tonight is our first live webcast of a Sinfonia of Leeds concert. Here's a report on it I found at
(Yorkshire Evening Post Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) By Tony Gardner
will soon be able to blow its own trumpet by laying
claim to a musical first.
It may not rank alongside such seminal moments as when Dylan went electric or the Beatles played at the Cavern.
But the Sinfonia of Leeds is hoping it will be remembered as the first amateur orchestra to perform a live concert via webcast.
The 70-strong orchestra plans to combine classical compositions with
state-of-the-art technology for a two-hour programme that can be
enjoyed without ever having to don a dinner jacket.
An audience of around 200 is expected to turn up on the night.
But anyone with a broadband computer will be able to watch the
performance live from Leeds University's Great Hall on Saturday,
Violinist and project supervisor Patrick Caulfield said of the event:
"It will be a complex combination of audio and computer engineering.
"We hope the performance will turn out to be a milestone in the 30-year
history of Leeds Sinfonia." A series of microphones will be
strategically placed around various sections of the orchestra.
The sounds will then be blended by a mixing desk operator before more computer wizardry enables the performance to be broadcast.
Computer Nick Field, a teacher at Leeds College of Music, will oversee
the audio aspect of the project with the help of his father and fellow
orchestra member Dominic, who works as a sound engineer for ITV.
Computer expert Mr Caulfield, who came up with the idea of making the
webcast, has the job of making sure the computer technology is all
right on the night.
He added: "It's not uncommon for pop bands to set up websites with
downloads and live broadcasts from pubs and clubs. It might sound
pompous, but I thought it would be a good idea to experiment with
making a recording of so-called 'higher art'.
"If nothing else, it will be nice for members of the orchestra who have
friends and family around the country who are not able to go to the
"We are now just looking forward to being let loose on the Great Hall
so we can start our plan of attack and get the set-up just how we want
it." To hear the performance, visit www.sinfoniaofleeds.org.uk.
The concert, at 7.30pm GMT
, will be conducted by David Greed and comprises
the Rachmaninov Symphony No 2, Rakhi Singh as the soloist in
Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 1 and the première of a new work by
Benjamin Oliver, entitled Nocturnal Dissonance.
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