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Symphony - turning your living room into the world’s greatest concert hall

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The lowdown on Symphony, the startup that'll give you a front row seat to enjoy the finest live performances by some of the most famous orchestras in the world...

ogo (11)It comes as no surprise to anyone that the last few years have not been great for anything that requires people getting together in large groups in enclosed spaces. Theatre, cinema, the orchestra… For a long time, these shut down and everyone was stuck inside for a long time trying to get the same out of streaming services as they used to from being at a place in person. Obviously this was one of the mildest of inconveniences caused by COVID, but those things are the ways that a lot of people find relief from the stresses of life. 

It raised the question of how to get certain content and experiences to people that, like Netflix, isn’t so far removed from the original experience. How, for example, could a night at the orchestra be brought to people who are unable to attend one in person in a more immersive and satisfying way than just radio?

watch-anywhere.Dutch streaming startup Symphony had the same question, and they answered it with a streaming service that brings the orchestra to your living room. 

Even outside of the confines of COVID lockdowns, not everyone who wants to attend orchestra concerts is able to. Perhaps they can’t afford it, or they can’t find the right concert, or perhaps there is simply nothing near them. By streaming an orchestra concert, Netflix-style, the experience opens up to everyone, anywhere. 

The platform gives you a front row seat to the best concerts from world-class orchestras, and unlike traditional streaming platforms, you also get a backstage pass with all kinds of behind the scenes stories and interviews with soloists and conductors. 

So far, participating orchestras include Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Czech Philharmonic, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with more to come.

In September, Symphony announced that they had raised €6.5 million in funding from a group of 14 Dutch entrepreneurs and investors, and the platform went live in the Netherlands, the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia later the same month, with more countries to follow in 2023.



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Published on: 21st November 2022

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