A multimedia performance of Stockhausen's Helicopter String Quartet has been commissioned from Birmingham Opera Company as part of a new £3.5m digital arts platform in the UK.

Arts Council England and the BBC have commissioned 53 projects for The Space, which will run between May and October and be available on PCs, smartphones, tablets and connected TVs. The service will also be available as a Red Button, Video on Demand Service via Freeview HD.

The idea behind the service is to boost the digital skills of the UK arts and cultural sector, and to enable organisations to connect with new and existing audiences.

Other commissions include a partnership between the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Science Museum in London to enable audiences to experience Holst's Planets Suite by exploring the role of individual instruments in the orchestra.