Suffolk

Aldeburgh Music turns phone box into 'concert hall'

Phonebox and Snape Maltings Concert Hall Image copyright Aldeburgh Music
Image caption The phonebox is outside the full size Snape Maltings Concert Hall near Aldeburgh

A red phone box has been turned into a "virtual reality concert hall" at the music venue founded by composer Benjamin Britten.

Aldeburgh Music has rigged up the phone box with a headset showing 360-degree footage of a performance inside its Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk.

Visitors can listen to the music and move the camera to offer different views of the stage and audience.

The video of Frank Bridge's The Sea is also available on YouTube.

Image copyright Aldeburgh Music
Image caption Users can move the camera angle while listening to the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing Frank Bridge's The Sea
Image copyright Aldeburgh Music
Image caption The Snape Maltings Concert Hall has a capacity for 830 people, but the phonebox has just one headset

Matt Jolly, digital manager at Aldeburgh Music, said: "We are trying out a number of ways that digital technology can help us make our venue and our work accessible to more people.

"We hope the Concert in a Phonebox and online video will give visitors to the site and viewers at home a fun and immersive introduction to Aldeburgh Music and Snape Maltings Concert Hall."

The phone box has been in its current position since 1990 when it was used to provide a hotline to venue's box office which was five miles away in the town of Aldeburgh

There was no box office at Snape Maltings on non-concert days, but that has since changed.

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