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Liverpool Philharmonic in Second Life

On Friday 14 September 2007 the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gave a performance to over 80 avatars in the virtual world of Second Life.

Afterwards, patrons visited the virtual Grand Foyer Bar at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall where Petrenko and Composer-in-the-House Ken Hesketh were on hand to chat and answer questions about the performance.

Read what the Press had to say about the event

The Daily Telegraph, 17 September 2007
For a new concert experience, get a second life

The Guardian Blog, 17 September, 2007
"Concerts in Second Life aren't quite the real deal"

New York Times, 18 September 2007
"Watching a Cyber Audience Watch a Real Orchestra Perform in a Virtual World"

Big Chip Awards 2008 Winner


The RLPO's Second Life project was awarded the 'Best Not for Profit Project' category in the 2008 Big Chip Awards , announced on 22 May 2008.

The Big Chip Awards are the top awards for ICT and new media outside London. To quote: "The judges saw this as a great example of a not-for-profit keeping its finger on the pulse of new technologies. The Second Life presence not only took the orchestra to a new audience via non-traditional means, it also allowed that remote audience to discuss the music with the composer and conductor in a way only possible through interactive media. "

Watch the Performance in Second Life

The concert is now available to watch anytime in Second Life. To view, you will need to visit the Second Life website ( and then register and download the free software which will enable you to have Second Life on your computer.

Once you are in Second Life, use the search button and type in LIVERPOOL PHIL. Select LIVERPOOL PHIL from the list and you will be transported to the island. To watch the video of the performance, simply click on the big screen.

View our Second Life map

We have also produced a map to represent all of the interest we received from around the world in our Second Life concert. To view it, please visit our Second Life Responses map and see just how far the word of our virtual concert spread!

What is Second Life?

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 8,630,728 Residents from around the globe.

From the moment you enter the World you'll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you've explored a bit, perhaps you'll find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business. You'll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow Residents. Because Residents retain the rights to their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other Residents.

For more information about Second Life see the SL website .

Watch a tour of the Virtual Philharmonic Hall

Click here to watch a short video of the making of the virtual Philharmonic Hall and add your comments.

What did you think?

If you have any comments about the concert in Second Life, please email .

Behind the scenes at the Second Life event


Watch clips from the RLPO's Second Life concert

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