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Innovative ways of staying musically connected during the coronavirus crisis are springing up online

Harriet Clifford

Coronavirus updates: Stay musically connected

11:39, 23rd March 2020

While recitals, events and concerts are being postponed and cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there are still ways to stay musically connected at a time when many of us will feel isolated. See below for up to date information and new virtual initiatives for choral and/or organ enthusiasts.

Choral

  • Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus aims to bring amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists together from around the country. Register here.
  • The Stay at Home Choir offers the opportunity to join a virtual choir. Vote for the next project and get involved here.
  • Jeff Stewart is offering online singing lessons.
  • Cappella Romana livestreamed a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Divine Liturgy, which is available to watch here.
  • Houston Chamber Choir has launched a daily podcast ‘With One Accord’, aiming to offer solace to people in the coronavirus crisis. The podcast will see artistic director Robert Simpson and the choir present their favourite moments from past performances. Read more and listen here.
  • Worcester Cathedral Choir is broadcasting live music each evening from 6.30pm. View on YouTube or Facebook.
  • The VOCES8 Foundation has launched #livefromhome, offering performance and interactive singing videos, live workshops and interviews with singers and guests. Watch live on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.

Organ 

  • The Salisbury Cathedral Organ Festival will open on 13 May with a digital concert performed by the home team. Sunday music will go digital too, with mini concerts on 26 April, 17 May and 7 June. Thomas Trotter’s Organ Concert will open the 2021 Organ season on 13 January 2021.
  • Cheltenham College is streaming its Lunchtime Live Organ Recitals for viewers to listen to online. The first will be on Tuesday 7 April at 1.15pm, when Alexander Ffinch’s CD recording Transformations will kick off the series. Follow this link to listen.
  • On 29 March at 11am, Iveta Apkalna plays works by Bach and Glass from the Konzerthaus Dortmund broadcast live on takt1. Premium subscribers can watch here, or new users can view for free as part of a seven-day free trial.
  • The Royal College of Organists (RCO) has announced several initiatives to support organists during the crisis. These include increased access to educational resources, online tuition and regular updates. The iRCO online learning platform has been made available to all organists worldwide, while anyone wishing to receive regular updates from the RCO during this time can subscribe here.

General

  • Resonance educational institution is moving all its Open Days online. Find out more here.
  • Ariel AVANT launches the Robinson Recitals, calling on classical instrumentalists and vocalists to curate and perform online performances specifically aimed at people in retirement homes and communities. Find out more and apply here.
  • London-based startup Tutti has launched Creative Skills, an online marketplace for creatives all over the world to share their skills. Find a singing tutor or learn to play an instrument.

Postponed events 

  • Oberammergau Passion Play has been postponed to 2022. Read the full story here.
  • Organ Reframed will now take place from 3rd-5th September 2020.
  • Some events at St John’s Smith Square’s Holy Week Festival are cancelled. Others will be rearranged. Keep updated and read the statement here.
  • Future Royal College of Organists (RCO) events have been cancelled or postponed. Read the full story here.
  • The following events at Salisbury Cathedral have been postponed: The St John Passion will now take place on 27 March 2021; the Mahler Symphony no.2 with David Briggs will be moved to September; the schools and family concert featuring Peter and the Wolf has been postponed.

Cancelled events 

The above is not exhaustive, so please check with event organisers before attending. We will endeavour to keep this list updated. Please email the Assistant Editor at harriet.clifford@markallengroup.com with any information about online recitals, opportunities or cancellations. 

 

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