How to watch concerts from home: the concerts and operas available to stream online during the coronavirus pandemic

An up-to-date round-up of the concerts, operas and recitals available to view online during self-isolation

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How to watch concerts from home: the concerts and operas available to stream online during the coronavirus pandemic
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Ongoing

Budapest Festival Orchestra

In response to the worldwide restrictions on public concerts, the Budapest Festival Orchestra will now host chamber music concerts, which will be available to view online for free. The 'Quarantine Soirees' are all listed here.

 

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

As the Philharmonie Berlin is closed until 19 April, the Berlin Philharmonic's concerts will be available via its Digital Concert Hall, which is available free of charge for 30 days. Log in here, using the code BERLINPHIL.

 

Metropolitan Opera

The Met has launched 'Nightly Met Opera Streams', a free series of operas streamed on the Met Opera's website during the coronavirus closure. The week commencing 23 March will be entirely focused on Wagner operas, kicking off with Tristan und Isolde on Monday. See below for the schedule.

Thursday 19 March: Verdi La traviata
Friday 20 March: Donizetti La Fille du Régiment
Saturday 21 March: Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor
Sunday 22 March: Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Monday 23 March: Wagner Tristan und Isolde
Tuesday 24 March: Wagner Das Rheingold
Wednesday 25 March: Wagner Die Walküre
Thursday 26 March: Wagner Siegfried
Friday 27 March: Wagner Götterdämmerung
Saturday 28 March: Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Sunday 29 March: Wagner Tannhäuser

 

Pianist Boris Giltburg

The Israeli pianist has built a programme of regular live-streamed lunchtime concerts, which will be released every Monday and Wednesday. Occasional Friday performances of Beethoven will also be added. Videos will be released at 12pm UK time on Giltburg’s Twitter and Facebook pages (@borisgiltburg on Twitter and @giltburg on Facebook). 

 

London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO has launched ‘Always Playing’, a series of full-length concerts from its archive, which will be streamed live at the orchestra’s usual performance times: 7.30pm on Thursdays and 7pm on Sundays. 

 

Bavarian State Opera

From 23 March, the Bavarian State Opera will be streaming live Afternoon Concerts, with a mix of lieder, solo, chamber music and dance performances. Artists featured will include violinist Julia Fischer, baritone Christian Gerhaher and tenor Jonas Kaufmann. The concerts will be available for 14 days. 

 

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be producing their own videos, which will be released through the orchestra's 'BSO at Home' platform on its website. They will share anecdotes and insights, giving informal performances while they stay at home during the pandemic.

Six weeks of daily recordings will be available at 10am through the 'BSO at Home' platform. See below for the schedule. 

23-29 March: Perfomances spotlighting the BSO's Music Directors past and present: Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, Erich Leinsdorf, Charles Munch, Serge Koussevitzky
30 March-5 April: Memorable moments with guest soloists of the 20th century (Van Cliburn, Isaac Stern, Rudolf Serkin, Leonard Bernstein, Doriot Anthony Dwyer)
6-12 April: Masterworks of the Classical Period (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven)
13-19 April: BSO performances of musical landmarks of the 20th century (Copland, Shostakovich, Bartók)
20-26 April: Performances highlighting the French tradition and the BSO (Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Bizet)
27 April-3 May: A focus on the BSO and the Romantic Age (Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Strauss)

 

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

The Nordic orchestra has an online streaming service, which features concerts from the past year, including a performance of Britten's Peter Grimes, which the orchestra performed at the Royal Festival Hall in 2019.

 

Ashuelot Concerts

The chamber music series in New Hampshire is hosting livestreams every Wednesday and Saturday at 8pm EST. These will consist of talks and performances, with a Q&A via its YouTube channel at the end of each event. The schedule is listed below.

Saturday 21 March: Dvořák: Four Romantic Pieces Op. 75
Wednesday 25 March: Elgar: Violin Sonata, Part 1
Saturday 28 March: Elgar: Violin Sonata, Part 2
Wednesday 1 April: Smetana: From My Homeland
Saturday 4 April: Suk: Four Pieces
Wednesday 8 April: Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Part 1
Saturday 11 April: Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Part 2
Wednesday 15 April: Janáček: Violin Sonata
Saturday 18 April: Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 23, Part 1
Wednesday 22 April: Mozart: Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 23, Part 2

 

George Enescu International Festival

From 18 March, the George Enescu International Festival and Competition will be broadcasting online concerts and recitals recorded in recent years. Each concert stream will remain on the website for four days. This is currently an ongoing project, with no definitive endpoint.

 

London Mozart Players

The London Mozart Players have launched 'At Home with LMP', a new online streaming platform, complete with live performances and behind-the-scenes access and interviews. 

Live broadcasts will take place every Saturday, with guitarist Craig Ogden launching the 'Saturday Sessions' on Saturday 28 March. He will perform works including Scarlatti's Sonata in E and excerpts from Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

Future performances will include appearances from pianist Howard Shelley, saxophonist Jess Gillam and clarinettist Michael Collins.

 

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

As part of its 'RPO at Home' digital programme, musicians from the orchestra perform to audiences online from their own homes. 

 

Moscow Philharmonic Society

The Moscow Philharmonic Society is streaming 'armchair concerts without an audience' from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow every evening at 4pm GMT. 

 

VOCES8

The ensemble has set up an initiative called '#LiveFromHome', featuring the music of Apollo5 and VOCES8. The ensembles will broadcast performances, interactive singing videos, live workshops and interviews with the team on a daily basis. The videos will be broadcasted on Facebook and Instagram Live.

 

Pianist Yulia Chaplina

During a difficult time, Russian pianist Yulia Chaplina has recorded a few short online performances of music she hopes will cheer everyone up! She has also started sending out a regular newsletter with links to these videos.

 

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The LPO's upcoming concerts, which have had to be cancelled, will be mirrored by playlists of the repertoire that was supposed to be performed. The conductors and performers will introduce each concert, with their own personal opinions of the music on the programme. This kicks off on Saturday 28 March with Edward Gardner introducing a concert of Sibelius, Dutilleux and Beethoven. 

 

Philharmonia Orchestra

In case you're deciding to pursue composition during this period of self-isolation, the Philharmonia Orchestra has a library of sound samples which are totally free to use. 

 

Igor Levit

The brilliant pianist is hosting popular nightly 'House Concerts' on his Twitter

 

 

 

Watch back

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra

The Chinese orchestra performed a private live-streamed concert in its Chamber Hall, watched by over 900,000 people. There is a 15-minute clip available on the orchestra’s Facebook feed here.

 

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson

Garrick Ohlsson’s concert at 92Y in New York is available to watch back on the venue’s website. The pianist performed sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev, as well as selected piano works by Chopin. 

 

Daniel Hope and Lang Lang

Konzerthaus Berlin hosted violinist Daniel Hope, pianist Lang Lang, mandolinist Avi Avital and singer Max Raabe, among others, for a chamber recital, which you can now watch back on YouTube.

 

Pianist and composer Eric Christian

Eric Christian has been performing every day this week on his Instagram (@ericchristian). He primarily plays original material, but also takes musical requests. 

 

Kuss Quartet

The German quartet performed a 'Solidarity with Freelance Musicians' benefit concert, which is now available to stream on its YouTube channel.

 

Third Coast Percussion

Third Coast Percussion recently performed a concert with music by Steve Reich, Gemma Peacocke and TCP member David Skidmore. This is now available to view on the ensemble's YouTube page. It kicks off at about the 31-minute mark.

 

Harpsichordist Steven Devine

On Early Music Day, Stephen Devine played a livestream recital at the National Centre for Early Music in York. The concert is still available to view on Facebook. Devine performed Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Part 1. 

 

English National Ballet Philharmonic

Under the baton of music director Gavin Sutherland, 38 members of the English National Ballet's orchestra recorded an extract from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which they all recorded at home via video link. 

 

 

Thursday 19 March

Guitarist Sean Shibe

The guitarist’s cancelled Leicester International Music Festival Lunchtime Concerts are going to be available to stream via his Twitter feed (@seanstshibe).
Thursday 19 March, 1pm: Scottish Lute Manuscripts
Friday 20 March, 1pm: Bach Lute Suite BWV996
Saturday 21 March, 1pm: Works by Sofia Gubaidulina and David Fennessy

 

 

Malmö Symphony Orchestra

Thursday 19 March’s concert will be replaced by a live broadcast on the orchestra’s streaming site. Mendelssohn’s suite from A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by the orchestra alongside Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 ‘Linz’. 

 

 

Friday 20 March

Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, 10am

At 10am GMT, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra will host a free live stream of a concert with interviews from Osaka Concert Hall. 

Haydn: Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Symphony No. 5
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Aylen Pritchin (violin), Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra/Michiyoshi Inoue

 

 

Saturday 21 March

Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra

At 7.30pm local time, the orchestra will present a livestream of two past APO performances. The orchestra is joined by violinist James Ehnes for Bruch's First Violin Concerto, before embarking on Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. It will be hosted on the Facebook event here, as well as on the orchestra's website.

 

21st Century Consort

Recorded at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, the 21st Century Consort will be streaming a concert of works by composers from the last century, including Tan Dun, Kati Agocs, Stella Sung and Berio. The concert will be streamed via the ensemble's YouTube channel at 10pm GMT on Saturday 21 March. The programme is below.

Tan Dun: Water Music
Kati Agocs: A la Claire Fountaine
Stella Sung: Dance of the White Lotus Under the Silver Moon
Berio: Circles

 

 

Sunday 22 March

London Symphony Orchestra

To launch its ‘Always Playing’ initiative, the LSO’s first full concert will be available at 7pm on Sunday. The programme will be released and the concert available to stream here.

 

 

Monday 23 March

Jess Gillam

Saxophonist Jess GIllam will be livestreaming a performance at 6pm on Instagram Live. You can find her on Instagram at @jessgillamsax.

 

Lise Davidsen

The soprano will be following on from Jess Gillam with a livestream at 7pm on Instagram Live, via her Instagram: @lisedavidsen.

 

Ola Gjeilo

Norweigian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo will be completing the Decca livestream evening with a performance on his Facebook page at 8pm. 

 

 

Thursday 26 March

Pianist Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss will be performing to an empty concert hall with a live-streamed recital of Beethoven sonatas. 

 

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

From Accentus Productions, the Leipzig orchestra will stream a concert of music by Stravinsky and Robert Schumann, under the baton of Andris Nelsons.  The concert will be available to view on the orchestra's website for 24 hours. 

 

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony will present a rebroadcast of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8, conducted by music director Thomas Dausgaard. The stream will begin at 7.30pm PDT on YouTube and Facebook

 

Living Room Live

Created by composer Freya Waley-Cohen, violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist George Fu, Living Room Live is a platform for musicians to share videos and streams over the coming weeks and beyond. The platform is launching tonight at 6pm on  livingroom-live.com, with George Fu performing Knussen's Ophelia's Last Dance and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30. The video will remain on the website after the live broadcast.  

Upcoming featured artists will include soprano Héloïse Werner, soprano Ruby Hughes and pianist James Baillieu. The team behind Living Room Live has reached out to care homes across the UK, who will be sharing the streams in care homes.

 

Friday 27 March

Music Never Sleeps NYC

New York-based artists including pianist Jeremy Denk, composer Nico Muhly, mandolinist Chris Thile, violinist Gil Shaham and the Brentano Quartet will be taking part in a 24-hour music video livestream marathon event beginning at 6pm EDT on Friday 27 March. The event has been organised by cellist Jan Vogler. 

 

Global Lockdown Orchestra

British composer Ben Morales Frost has responded to the crisis and the huge number of musicians out of work by creating the Global Lockdown Orchestra, in which 521 musicians from across the world will perform a new piece of music in each performance. Musicians will be sent music on Saturday and have until Tuesday night to submit recordings, in a similar way to Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir. The orchestra's inaugural performance will be available to view on Friday 27 March at 8pm on Ben Morales Frost's YouTube channel.

 

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Herbert Blomstedt conducts the Leipzig orchestra in the music of Beethoven at 1pm in an Accentus production. The concert will be available to view for 24 hours after broadcast. 

 

Seattle Symphony Orchestra: Meet the Tuba

Principal tuba John Dicesare introduces the tuba to children in a livestream on YouTube and Facebook. The programme will be broadcast at 11am PDT. 

 

 

Saturday 28 March

Inside-Out Piano

To celebrate International Piano Day, Turner Sims concert hall in Southampton is hosting a free online family concert at 3pm. Pianist and composer Sarah Nicholls plays the Inside-Out Piano, a grand piano opened up so the audience can see right inside it.

 

London Philharmonic Orchestra

To kick off its series of digital offerings, the LPO's first 'playlist concert' will be introduced by Edward Gardner, who is set to take over the orchestra as principal conductor in September 2021. The intended programme (Sibelius's Third Symphony, Dutilleux's Le temps l'horlage and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5) will be available via the LPO's website in playlist form. 

 

Deutsche Grammophon Pianists

Deutsche Grammophon’s pianists are joining forces for World Piano Day via the record label’s YouTube and Facebook platforms. Pianists set to feature in the recital include Víkingur Ólafsson, Daniil Trifonov, Maria João Pires, Evgeny Kissin, Jan Lisiecki, Rudolf Buchbinder, Kit Armstrong, Simon Ghraichy and Joep Beving. The stream will begin at 3pm CET and will be available for a limited time afterwards.

 

Seattle Symphony

The Seattle Symphony will present a rebroadcast of Dvořák's Symphony No. 8, conducted by music director Thomas Dausgaard. The stream will begin at 8pm PDT on YouTube and Facebook

 

 

Monday 30 March

On Site Opera

The New York opera company, which specialises in site-specific and immersive productions, will host a series of performances via livestream. All streams will begin at 12pm EST on the company’s website and Facebook page

Rameau’s Pygmalion
Staging from June 2014 at the Lifestyle-Trimco Mannequin Showroom

 

 

 

Monday 6 April

On Site Opera

The New York opera company, which specialises in site-specific and immersive productions, will host a series of performances via livestream. All streams will begin at 12pm EST on the company’s website and Facebook page

Mozart’s The Secret Gardener
Staging from May 2017 at the Westside Community Garden

 

 

Monday 13 April

On Site Opera

The New York opera company, which specialises in site-specific and immersive productions, will host a series of performances via livestream. All streams will begin at 12pm EST on the company’s website and Facebook page

Michi Wiancko’s Murasaki’s Moon
Staging from May 2019 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Astor Court

 

 

Looking ahead

Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Academy

The Swiss festival - running from 17 July to 6 September - will also be running a digital platform on which audiences can watch concert highlights and backstage interviews. Videos are already available to view, including masterclasses from pianist András Schiff and violinists Sol Gabetta and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who performed at last year's festival.

 

This list will be updated daily. If there are any we have missed, please contact freya.parr@immediate.co.uk.

 

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