The London Symphony Orchestra is the oldest of the City of London's orchestras (yes, there are a few) and is also one of the most popular in the world. But what do the musicians and conductor see as they look out on crowds of thousands of people? Interestingly enough, the musicians in the orchestra do not look at on the crowd, but rather to the direction of the musicians that play before so that they can know when to chime in. The conductor, indeed, tends to have his eyes closed for most of the time!
Enjoy four perspective of performance from the London Symphony Orchestra in this beautiful and fun interactive website. As you listen to their performance of Maurice Ravel's Bolero, explore the musical experiences of the orchestra's diverse musicians either one or four at a time!
Directions to maximize your enjoyment:
To hear the music, click the play button at the bottom of the screen. When you do, an abstract schematization of the orchestra structure will appear, allowing you to click on any of the six dots for a new perspective. Once you click on a dot, it will turn blue and a video of those musicians playing will appear. You can click on any four dots at one time.
After you have finished listening and watching the orchestra at work, you can run your cursor over "Ravel's Bolero" at the top of the page, and click on "Explore Orchestra" to learn more about the orchestral seating arrangements as well as the history of every instrument.
Watch, listen, learn and share, because this interactive symphonic experience is sure to be a hit with your friends and family!