EnCue In The News



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Nationally syndicated public radio coverage of Octava at River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston:


Houston NPR

Podcast covering Octava at the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, February 13, 2015; re-­broadcast by Texas Standard (an NPR program co-­produced by KUT-­Austin, Houston Public Media, KERA-­Dallas and Texas Public Radio-San Antonio):


Alecia Lawyer, Artistic Director of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra:

“Our entire mission is to shape the future of classical music. Octava enabled our musicians and composer to speak in the moment of performance to our audience and authentically engage them further in our musical conversation. Our audience was thrilled with the experience.”


Baltimore Sun feature story by Tim Smith, music critic:


Audience member response from National Orchestral Institute:

“At first, I was skeptical,” Magill said. “It seemed like it might be imposing on a very old tradition. But it’s really subtle. And it gives a context for the musical ideas you’re hearing.”



Beethoven whispering in your ear:

“Somewhat controversially, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) is actively encouraging audience members to use their digital devices during certain concerts at Cadogan Hall. This isn’t carte blanche to Instagram selfies of yourself conducting with the orchestra in full flight behind you, or to stream performances on Facebook Live, but instead an opportunity to read programme notes in real-time. .”


Royal Philharmonic hits sour note with Octava phone app for concertgoers:

"Classical music fans, loath to be disturbed at concerts, are dismayed by a new innovation: an app that encourages people to look at their phones during performances."


BBC Music critic Daniel Jaffé reviews the app Octava which was trialled in London's Cadogan Hall earlier this year:

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is the first in Britain to embrace a new classical music app which sends programme notes to audience members' phones during the performance. Octava review begins at 14:09 in the broadcast.


Follow the score during the concert…

"It happens that one can see a patron reading a printed score during a concert. And it happens also that the patron’s neighbour feels distracted by the page-turning. Now imagine somebody following the score on a smartphone or a tablet. And yet, it’s exactly what the Royal Philharmonic will try at Cadogan Hall in its Myths and Fairytales series. The app EnCue by Octava, so it is announced, delivers real-time programme notes to audiences’ mobile or tablet devices."  Click below to continue reading:


Classical music-lovers are not famous for their tolerance of distractions during a concert.

Anyone who has been tutted at for turning the pages of their programme too loudly may be permitted a wry smile at news of the latest innovation: an app which texts notes straight to ticket-holders’ phones.


London Orchestra Set to Test New Cellphone Concert Program Notes App

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is set to trial a new app to send program notes directly to patrons' cellphones during live performances.  Click below to continue reading


Tchaikovsky’s Fifth? There’s an app for that — and a Pennsylvania orchestra is using it

Moments after ascending the podium at the Reading Symphony Orchestra’s Oct. 11 season-opening concert, music director and conductor Andrew Constantine waved a smartphone at the audience. It’s a gesture now familiar to concertgoers everywhere, who of course expected to be gently admonished on the dire consequences of not turning off any and all electronic devices immediately, if not sooner.

Instead, Constantine encouraged the large audience at Santander Performing Arts Center to download a free app called EnCue on their mobile devices during intermission, and to use the app for the orchestra’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, during which they could get real-time program notes and images.