While we’re all in confinement, it’s stirring to see friends across the music profession opening up their vaults and unleashing new treasures for you to keep enjoying sensational music. Alongside a number of our recent RPS talks which you can watch online, here we share just some of the ways you can still relish invigorating classical music – and, in a couple of instances, even take part.
If you’ve never had enough time or inclination to lend classical music your ears, we hope you may find something special in it to carry you through the days to come.
Opera North’s Ring Cycle
Hands up who among us have vowed to one day watch Wagner’s massive Ring Cycle but not quite managed it yet? This could be your moment, as Opera North freely shares a complete digital relay of its sensational semi-staged 2016 performances which won an RPS Award. Click here to begin a truly momentous journey.
Wigmore Hall on YouTube
Another musical goldmine to explore, courtesy of our friends at the Wigmore Hall, on their YouTube channel, with countless concerts by celebrated artists and rising stars.
London Symphony Orchestra - #AlwaysPlaying
The LSO are now sharing fabulous filmed performances from their archive every Thursday and Sunday evenings on their website.
London Philharmonic Orchestra - LPOnline
The LSO are likewise bringing together a range of digital material - from repeat concert relays to behind-the-scenes footage - for you to enjoy in the coming weeks on their website.
City of London Sinfonia - Comfortable Classical At Home
In their live concerts, the CLS always strive to find ways to bring the audience closer to the musicians. Now they welcome you into their living rooms in a new series of instant performances each Tuesday and Thursday live (and on catch-up) on their Facebook page.
London Mozart Players - At Home
For some years, the LMP have kept finding new ways to share what they do, popping up all over their community as their cherished base at Fairfield Halls was being refurbished. No surprise then to find them thinking on their feet and sharing more impromptu performances each day on their website.
Manchester Camerata - Mini Music Makers
Struggling with home-teaching your children anything musical? Each weekday at 10.30am, join the Camerata's musicians on their YouTube channel for 15 minutes of musical activities and games specifically suited for ages 5 to 7 (though everyone's welcome).
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - #RPOAtHome
As well as concert streams, the RPO are presenting a range of novel ways to connect with their players in confinement. Head to their website to find out more and get involved.
Live Music Now Scotland - #TogetheratHomeLMNS
LMNS has launched a daily concert series on their YouTube channel, recorded by LMNS artists from their homes. Each concert is listed on their website and particularly suited to their longstanding audiences, which include older people in care home and schoolchildren.
Great British Home Chorus
Irrepressible choirmaster Gareth Malone’s latest feat is to bring together hundreds of people at home to sing as one. Whatever your ability, you can sign up here.
The Sofa Singers
Alternatively there's this initiative to get us all singing along together, learning a new song every week.
Stand Together Music
This bright new site has been specially created to shine a spotlight on musicians whose upcoming performances have been cancelled and how you can follow and support them in other ways.
Stringcredibles - #StringcrediblesConnect
One of the nation's most inspiring string quartets has launched a series of fun and simple practice videos, encouraging players to stay connected with their playing. Follow them on Twitter for regular updates, or view the entire series on their website.
ABRSM - Play On
Our friends ABRSM have created a new platform with resources to help teachers, learners and parents get the most from their practice in the days ahead.
Black Dress Code Concert Hall
Black Dress Code have launched a new subscription-based digital platform to watch live concerts by a range of musicians. All money raised goes to the musicians themselves.