Classical music comes to Berlin’s underground train stations in sonic makeover
25 March 2022, 15:36 | Updated: 25 March 2022, 15:46
A new project launched in U-Bahn stations across the German capital is turning commutes into concerts...
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Berlin is a famously cultural city with a rich musical heritage.
Today, the city is home to one of the world’s leading orchestra’s, the Berliner Philharmoniker, as well as a range of historic concert venues, including three opera houses.
But these concert venues are no longer the only place you can hear classical music. As part of a pilot project between Berlin’s BVG (main transport company) and Klassik Radio, city commuters will now be able to hear classical music across four underground stations: Unter den Linden, Strausberger Platz (U5), Südstern (U7), and Moritzplatz (U8).
A different playlist of music will be played at each station; Unter den Linden, one of the most elegant stations on the network, will have a playlist of ‘Piano Classics’, while commuters at Südstern station will be treated to a selection of ‘Lounge Beats’.
The locations have been chosen by BVG as they all vary in size; the experiment is partly to find out what works sonically for each different type of station.
Passengers travelling through the stations will be polled on their views of the pilot project, and depending no the results, classical music could be introduced at more stations across the city.
Yeah we did. The new music ambience can now be heard on the platforms of the subway stations Unter den Linden (U5), Strausberger Platz (U5), Südstern (U7) and Moritzplatz (U8). In surveys over the next six months, passengers will have a say in whether the test will be expanded.— BVG U-Bahn (@BVG_Ubahn) March 22, 2022
In London, classical music is part of a 40-hour playlist played at 65 of the 270 stations on the underground tube network.
Read more: Why is classical music played on the tube?