OrchestraThe Australian Discovery Orchestra (ADO) is the world’s first solely digital streaming orchestra. ADO concerts are high-definition live events viewed online, captured through a HD multi-camera set-up.  The orchestra’s audience is not seated in a venue but comprises a global community of viewers able to experience the event in real-time almost anywhere in the world.

The ADO has been created to increase the opportunity for Australian musicians to engage with their passion: performing great orchestral music with other accomplished musicians in a professional setting.  The orchestra places a particular emphasis on selecting and highlighting Australian music and uncovering exciting new compositional voices.

The ADO is an initiative designed for talented and skilled orchestral musicians; aged 18 years and upward, who do not make a full-time living from playing in an orchestra. It is open to all instrumentalists from around Australia who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents.

In the inaugural 2016-17 season, three streamed concerts will be performed from Melbourne.  Concerts will be performed from other Australian cities in subsequent seasons.

The orchestra also seeks to find new ways of engaging viewers and listeners by making the music it performs the sole catalyst for interaction with its Internet-wide audience.  The ADO is predisposed to tell stories – not solely about the music – but by using the music it performs to develop connections with ideas; with histories (both past and present events); with social interactions and through building connections to other groups and organisations.

Holding to the core belief that live orchestral concert music is really one of the most humanly transformative activities imaginable – especially to those audiences who least expect the visceral thrill it can offer – we also acknowledge that this type of musical storytelling can be told across multiple media channels simultaneously.  Consequently, possibilities inherent in exploring and presenting orchestral music through a totally different design model underpin the creative thinking at the Australian Discovery Orchestra.

“We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.”
         Paul Valéry, Pièces sur l’art (La Conquête de l’ubiquité)