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This symposium explores the ways in which symphony orchestras are using, and might use, digital technology to engage with stakeholders and their audiences. This symposium is open to all King’s staff.


10am Introduction: Prof. Steven Connor (Director of Research, Digital Futures Institute)

10.15 Classical Music in an Era of Digital Disruption and Changing Stakeholder Needs and Expectations: Dr Brian Kavanagh (Research Fellow, Digital Futures Institute)

10.45 Panel discussion: Chair - Brian Kavanagh

Sarah Gee – Chief Executive, Spitalfields Music Festival
Alistair Mackie – Chief Executive Officer, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Joanne Karcheva – Communications Director, Manchester Collective
Rebekah Holloway – Interactive and Immersive Producer, Philharmonia

12.00 Coffee break

12.30 Managing Rich Media Throughout Its Lifecycle: Keynote: Meredith Reese (Head of IT, LA Philharmonic Orchestra)

13.00 Panel discussion: Chair – Brian Kavanagh

Meredith Reese – Head of IT, LA Philharmonic Orchestra
Jeremy Garside – Head of IT, London Symphony Orchestra
Theresa Regli – Digital Asset Management Consultant

14.00 End

Brian Kavanagh is Lecturer in Digital Innovation in the Department of Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London; and a 2023-24 Digital Futures Institute Fellow. He is currently researching the role of digital technology in advancing the mission of symphony orchestras as they both appeal to existing audiences, and attempt to attract new ones.

Meredith Reese is the Senior Manager of IT Services for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She oversees the LA Phil’s digital asset management systems, the project management office, and technologies related to improving digital workflows, cybersecurity, records management, digital preservation, and metadata best practices. Prior to working in IT, she was the Digital Asset Manager for the LA Phil Archives & Museum, responsible for preserving the LA Phil’s historical records and curating exhibits within the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl Museum. Meredith holds a Master of Arts in Moving Image Archives Studies from UCLA. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Association of Moving Image Archive’s the Moving Image journal.

Booking information

This symposium is free and open to all King's staff; to book, please visit our Ticket Tailor page. If you book a ticket but find you are unable to come to the event, please kindly cancel your booking.

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At this event

Brian Kavanagh

Lecturer in Digital Innovation

Event details

Council Room
King's Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS