Broadcasting Bach at the Barbican

Panasonic remote cameras have been used to help bring classical music to a new audience, during Sound Unbound, a music festival held at London’s Barbican Centre

Panasonic remote cameras have been used to help bring classical music to a new audience, during Sound Unbound, a music festival held at London’s Barbican Centre.

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Sound Unbound aimed to release classical music from its traditional confines and was a joint project between the Barbican and its artistic partners: the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It featured over 64 taster concerts across a single weekend.

BROADCASTING BACH AT THE BARBICAN

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Four Panasonic AW-HE130 remote cameras were used to provide coverage of the main hall, with the output from the cameras projected onto giant screens by two Panasonic high brightness projectors. Two AW-RP120 controllers and an AW-HS50 switcher were used to direct the show allowing pre-selected shots to be changed at the touch of button.

BROADCASTING BACH AT THE BARBICAN

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Close up detail of the musicianship and an insight into how the conductor controls the Orchestra was relayed in HD across both the auditorium and the foyer, where people could watch it for free.

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BROADCASTING BACH AT THE BARBICAN

Mark Bloxsidge, Technical Manager at the Barbican Centre, said, “Sound Unbound was an exercise in making classical music more accessible. It was just the pop music of its day, after all.

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BROADCASTING BACH AT THE BARBICAN

“We are grateful to Panasonic for supporting the event with the camera equipment, it certainly enhanced the festival. Many of the audience are used to festivals and pop concerts where the audience is brought closer to the action with the use of giant screens, it’s what they expect.”

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BROADCASTING BACH AT THE BARBICAN

The weekend was a chance for audiences who are curious about classical music to connect with it in a new way, with an unparalleled variety of music and an emphasis on informality.

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