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Canterbury music fans can play in virtual orchestra

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A virtual orchestra has been set up in Canterbury allowing members of the public to take on the roles of the conductor or musicians.

The Universe of Sound opens at Canterbury Christ Church University and features the Philharmonia Orchestra and its conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Images of the orchestra filmed with 37 cameras are shown on touch screens and a full-dome projection system.

The orchestra performs Holst's The Planets and a new work by Joby Talbot.

Visitors can experience a 360 degree projection, or go into a series of 10 rooms, each representing a section of the orchestra.

There is also a conducting simulator, and musicians can play along with the orchestra and have their images projected alongside the Philharmonia's players.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra's principal conductor, said: "This project offers everyone, from the very young to the very old, from the absolute novice to the experienced musician, the chance to step right into the heart of one of the world's finest symphony orchestras.

"Our world is by turns preposterously loud, pin-drop quiet, highly-charged, intense and frequently overwhelming."

University of Sound is open until 12 May.

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