Trickbox TV recently had the pleasure of facilitating a virtual event for the Philharmonia, a world-class symphony orchestra. During a 45-minute live broadcast, hosted by Lord King of Lothbury, Chair of the Philharmonia, he and Alexander Van Ingen, Chief Executive, spoke to high profile guests and chaired a discussion with orchestra members musicians about creating online concerts in socially distanced settings, the challenges this poses, and what they are most looking forward to about a return to live performance in concert halls.

Behind the scenes, Trickbox’s team, including Project Manager Jacob Hamilton and Head of Live Video, James O’Farrell, worked together with the Philharmonia team to coordinate the event. Technical tests were run in advance and a full technical rehearsal was carried out to ensure no faults when streaming conversation and videos during the Live event.

During the broadcast in the Trickbox control room, the individual contributor feeds were vision mixed and the output fed into a Zoom webinar. The event was branded with Philharmonia Orchestra graphics, which included lower third name straps and video playback, as two pre-recorded performances were shown to the audience.

After a memorable evening, William Mendelowitz, Head of Individual Giving for the Philharmonia Orchestra, commented on his Trickbox experience, ‘Overall the event went terrifically, and we were really pleased with the quality of the stream … James (Trickbox’s Head of Live Video) put our speakers at real ease … The rehearsal was an essential element of delivering a great event putting hosts and speakers at ease ahead of the live broadcast.’