How to take part in the Virtual Orchestra
Here are some top tips for making your Virtual Orchestra performance video the best it can be:
How to prepare
- Watch the conducting lesson with Marin Alsop.
- Collect together everything you'll need: instrument, sheet music, recording device, headphones.
- Make sure you tune up to our conductor's 'A' before you start.
- Practice playing along to the 'Toreador Song' at least once.
- Don't wear or include any prominent branded materials or clothing. If you do, we may not be able to include your performance in the final film.
Finding the right location
- Choose somewhere quiet.
- Opt for a simple background to help you stand out.
- Make sure your face is well lit.
Your recording set up
- Film your video using a digital video camera or the in-built camera on your phone, tablet or computer.
- Shoot your video in landscape mode.
- Make sure your recording device is set up in a stable position to avoid a wobbly picture.
- You can use the in-built microphone, but plugging in an external microphone might help you produce a better sound.
- It's important we only hear your performance (and not the backing orchestra!)
- Using the backing track? Please listen to this through headphones as you play (earbuds on on-ear headphones are both fine).
- No backing track? No headphones needed, but please follow the conductor's beat to keep time.
- Don't zoom in too much. Make sure everything you want us to see is in shot - we want to see who's playing!
- Why not film a rehearsal to check you're happy with how the shot looks and sounds?
And, most importantly of all: play proudly, loudly and have fun!