Groovy Gecko behind record-breaking livestream of Bocelli's Easter Sunday performance

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by Josh Peachey

A London streaming company has helped broadcast Andrea Bocelli's live performance in an empty Milan Cathedral on Easter Sunday.

Hackney-based live streaming experts Groovy Gecko captured the incredible acoustics and carefully produced the live event with a small team direct from Duomo di Milano.

Bocelli, an Italian global music icon, was invited by the City of Milan to perform for the world on Easter Sunday in a ground-breaking virtual concert aptly named “Music for Hope”.

Behind closed doors just Andrea Bocelli, organist Emanuele Vianelli and a select few technicians occupied Milan Cathedral as the spectacle was streamed live to the homes of millions of people around the world.

Andrea Bocelli outside the Duomo di Milano

Music for Hope reached more than 2.8 million concurrent peak viewers in the largest simultaneous audience for a classical live stream in YouTube history, and now has over 39.4 million views.

Jake Ward, Sales Director at Groovy Gecko, said: “Many organisations and individuals, including artists, have been eager to reach the public remotely in this very difficult time to offer comfort, entertainment and inspiration, and we were humbled and privileged to have this opportunity to help deliver this breath-taking performance by Andrea Bocelli, to millions on Easter Sunday.”

Groovy Gecko was invited by Universal Music Group and Google to produce and stream the historic event live from Duomo Di Milano to millions of viewers around the world.

Three cameras, a drone and a steadycam captured the live visuals and particular consideration was put on the audio set up in order to successfully encapsulate the incredible acoustics for everyone at home to enjoy.

Giuseppe Sala, the Mayor of Milan, said: “The joyous serenity that usually comes with this day has been greatly troubled by the pandemic that we’re experiencing. I am sure that the extraordinary voice of Bocelli will be the embrace we are missing these days, a strong, special hug capable of warming the heart of Milan, Italy, and the world.”