Take part in a virtual symphony on YouTube, perhaps make it to Carnegie Hall

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YouTube has just announced that it’s setting up the “world’s first collaborative online orchestra”, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, in which musicians from all over the world learn and perfect a single piece of music, record themselves playing it, and then submit it for inclusion in the giant online experiment.

It’s never going to give you the same kick as playing live with real musicians, but there’s a competition that will see the best performers whisked off to Carnegie Hall to play the piece for real – not in front of a video camera.

A specially-composed piece of music from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Tan Dun – “The Internet Symphony” – is the piece all budding symphonists need to learn. There are online tips from players in the London Symphony Orchestra and pianist Lang Lang.

Want to give it a go? You’ve got until 28th January next year to submit your video Find out more

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Andy Merrett