London Philharmonic Orchestra Announces Marquee TV Digital Residency

By Chris Ruel

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the two-year digital residency of the streaming service Marquee TV.

Within its first year, the collaboration will bring 12 concerts, filmed live for later broadcasts, into homes worldwide. Ten of those performances will be from the LPO’s 2021-22 Royal Festival Hall season.

Two initial concerts, captured earlier this year, will be available for free for 72 hours, starting at 7:30 pm on Sept. 17, 2021. The first features tenor Nicky Spence and the LPO’s new Principal Conductor, Edward Gardner, performing Britten’s (orch Holloway) “Winter Words,” Freya Waley-Cohen’s “Changeling,” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (Reformation). A second concert features Karina Canellakis, the Orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, pacing Walker’s “Lyric for Strings,” Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2.

During 2020, the LPO broadcast 14 free concerts to over 70,000 households through Marquee TV, with 65 percent of viewers located outside the U.K. In Spring 2021, the Orchestra streamed an additional 13 concerts via the service. The success of the LPO’s partnership with Marquee TV led directly to the new digital residency, as the Orchestra saw a hunger for streamed concerts that could extend beyond the pandemic.

In a press statement, David Burke, Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, said, “The LPO is proud of its digital output during lockdown, providing entertainment, comfort and escapism to many people. Through this work, we have welcomed new audiences both in the UK and internationally: we have seen how the pandemic has changed our industry and we are committed to continually developing ways for people to experience the Orchestra, wherever they are.”

Susannah Simons, Editorial Director at Marquee TV, added, “We have been proud to partner with the LPO during the past period of lockdown and are looking forward to continuing the relationship, bringing world class music to people’s homes around the world. This new season is full of delights and we are excited to be part of it.”

The LPO will continue its association with Intersection (formerly Silent Studios), who helped capture and present the LPO’s digital concerts last season.