The Virtual Orchestra | Visit Canterbury

The Virtual Orchestra

  • Date: 30th March 2019 - 28th April 2019
  • Every day
  • Location: The Sidney Cooper Gallery 22-23 St Peter's Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BQ
  • Time: 10:30 - 17:30
  • Cost: FREE

Step inside a digital symphony orchestra in the heart of Canterbury. Presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra in partnership with The Marlowe, enjoy a free, 10-room installation, and virtual reality.

Step inside The Virtual Orchestra - a free digital symphony orchestra in the heart of Canterbury for all the family to enjoy. At the core of The Virtual Orchestra is a 10-room walk-through installation that introduces all the instruments of an orchestra - for free. With play-along percussion and in-depth information boards, guiding you through Holst's The Planets, the experience is a thrill for anyone - from adults to children and music lovers to novices. The installation is fully accessible and is suitable for all ages. Plus, in a first for any orchestra, we're giving you the chance to feel what it's like to be on-stage with the Philharmonia through our free virtual reality experience. In our 360-degree film, you'll find yourself on the stage in front of the conductor with instruments all around you. Please note - VR is only suitable for those aged 7+. Want to find out even more about an orchestra? Our bespoke family workshops, led by music specialists, are filled with hands-on activities for all ages to guide you and your family through the main installation. These cost just £3 and can be booked on our website. Don't miss our Fringe programme of live performances of music, spoken word poetry and street theatre all throughout the run - look on our website for details.