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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra launches HKO Screen mobile app

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra launches HKO Screen mobile app – Nordic Sound network formed to promote online viewing and listening of classical music

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has launched its new HKO Screen mobile app, which provides mobile access to the orchestra’s concerts that are streamed online. The app allows users to watch and listen to concerts live online, return to concert recordings, listen to interviews with guest artists, and create their own playlists. At the moment, the app provides access to all of the orchestra’s concerts from the 2019-2020 season that have been streamed online, and more content is being added all the time. New concert recordings are published on the app as soon as possible after the live broadcast. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra produces 12-14 live streams a year, 1-2 times a month.

The free app is available on Android and iOS mobile devices.
 

Nordic Sound network founded

The Nordic Sound network was founded at the Nordic Orchestra Conference in Copenhagen last October. The aim of the new pan-Nordic network is to grow and facilitate the online viewing and listening of classical music. Nordic Sound collaborates with orchestras, ensembles, concert venues, artist agencies, composer associations, copyright associations and technology partners around the world. The network is based on the idea of increasing technology awareness and content collaboration among member orchestras.

The network currently consists of 18 orchestras and other actors within the field of music, including the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Koncerthuset Stockholm/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Members from Finland currently include the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s new HKO Screen mobile app is based on a platform created by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in close collaboration with the software developer.

 

HKO Screen mobile app

Android: Google Play

iOS: iPhone, iPad, AppleTV, App Store

Languages: Finnish, Swedish, English

The app selects the language automatically according to the language settings on the device.

Downloading and using the app is free of charge. At the launch of the app, all the content can be accessed free of charge and watched at least until the end of the spring 2020 season. More content is being added all the time.

 

Main functions:

Live steam: concerts can be watched live on the app

Archive: concert recordings, interviews and documentaries

Calendar: list of upcoming live streams and add events to your own calendar

Notifications: receive notifications of new content or when a live stream is beginning

Playlists: created by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

View concerts on TV: Chrome Cast / AirPlay / Apple TV support 

 

Creating an account:

Users can create an account for access to additional features. Creating an account is optional.

Search: find content using the name of the conductor, soloist, composer or piece

Sort videos by content: concerts, interviews, favourites

Favourites: add concerts to favourites and create playlists

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