Project Description

The AudioLab at the University of York, in collaboration with BBC R&D and the BBC Singers, will present the next generation immersive and interactive networked performance experience for the Metaverse. This transformative project will deliver a novel framework where performers at remote locations can come together in a shared virtual performance space, whereby remote audiences can interact and engage in the experience. The application will be completely scalable, and technologically democratic for use with a mobile device and headphones. BBC Maida Vale studio 2, the home of the BBC Singers, and a venue of significant musical heritage will serve as the acoustic for the experience. A pilot will be showcased at the Audio Engineering Society Spatial Audio Conference in 2023, followed by a public virtual mass choir workshop, culminating in a newly commissioned piece to be performed at the BBC Singers' centenary concert in London's Barbican.

To get involved in the virtual choir masterclass, please head to the SAFFIRE website.