The best live-streamed classical music concerts available online
1 April 2020, 17:36 | Updated: 2 April 2020, 18:33
An updating list of all the major classical concerts and events being streamed online in the wake of coronavirus measures being taken globally.
Measures taken worldwide to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have seen numerous classical concerts and events postponed and cancelled, and concert halls around the world closed for indefinite periods.
Countries have banned gatherings of specified numbers of people and tightened their borders, and Italy and Spain are among the countries in lockdown (curfews are restricting people to their houses apart from for vital supplies from the grocery shops and pharmacies still open).
The UK government has been giving daily updates containing their approach to the coronavirus crisis and recommendations for what the population can do to stay safe. And as more of us are staying at home to work, self-isolate and look after the family, many major classical concerts and events are being held without audiences and streamed live for us to see – for free in many cases – and to bring comfort, solidarity and some beautiful relief in trying times.
Classical music organisations live-streaming, or that have made their concert archives available online
• The Metropolitan Opera – ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’
• Berlin Philharmonic – ‘Digital Concert Hall’
• Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘Past Performances’
• London Symphony Orchestra – ‘Always Playing’
• London Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘LPOnline – Connecting Through Music’
• The Philharmonia – ‘Digital Experience’
• Bavarian State Opera – ‘Staatsopera TV’
• Vienna State Opera – ‘Continues Daily Online’
• Detroit Symphony Orchestra – ‘DSO Replay’
• Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra – ‘GSO Play’
• Budapest Festival Orchestra – ‘Quarantine Soirées’
• Bergen Philharmonic – ‘Bergen Phil Live’
• Living Room Live – ‘Live music streamed from musicians’ living rooms to yours’
• Pianist Carlos Cipa – ‘Live from my living room’
• Young Classical Artists Trust – ‘YCAT Archive’
• Sage Gateshead – ‘Alternative Concert Experience’
• Stamford Symphony – ‘Stamford Symphony Channel’
• Wigmore Hall – ‘Live Stream’
• London Mozart Players – ‘At Home with LMP’ featuring Mozart Mondays, Chamber Tuesdays, Thursday Thoughts, Family Fridays and Saturday Sessions
• Opera North – ‘Watch The Ring Cycle in full online’
• Paris Opera – ‘Free online operas’
• New York Philharmonic – ‘NY Phil Plays On’
• Daniel Hope – ‘Hope @ Home’
• The Academy of Ancient Music – ‘Streaming Sundays Series’
• Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – ‘RCS At Home’
• Gewandhaus Leipzig Orchester – ‘The Gewandhaus Orchestra at your Home’
• Lincoln Center – ‘Lincoln Center At Home’
• Sydney Opera House – ‘From our House to yours’
• Gstaad Menuhin Festival – ‘Digital Festival’
• International Georges Enescu Festival – ‘Digital Festival’
• Bolshoi Ballet – ‘Golden Collection’
• Manchester Collective – ‘Live from Isolation’
Upcoming classical concerts being live-streamed
2 April, 19:00 CET: Pianist Igor Levit’s latest ‘House Concert’ performed at German Federal President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s residence, the Palace Bellevue in Berlin.
2 April, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Brahms’ Symphony No.5.
3 April, 17:30 ET: Joshua Bell performs chamber music as part of Lincoln Center at Home.
4 April, 14:00 GMT: Barbara Hannigan and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra perform Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with violinist Veronika Eberle.
4 April, 17:00 GMT: Composer and harpist Phamie Gow presents a “Moment of Time” home concert with live Q&A.
4 April, 20:20 ET: New online concert and streaming service, Our Concerts Live, presents a ‘Virtual Benefit Concert’ featuring violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist Emmanuel Ax and others – with donations per ticket starting from $5 and “viewers welcome to contribute what they feel comfortable with”.
5 April, 19:00 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Verdi’s Requiem.
6 April, 19:30 GMT: Leon McCawley (piano) performs Schubert, Schumann, Grieg and Janáček at the Wigmore Hall in London.
9 April, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs ballet music by Stravinsky, including from The Firebird and The Rite of Spring.
11 April, 14:30 ET: Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) presents a Livestream Masterclass featuring the Jasper String Quartet.
12 April, 19:00 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Seong-Jin Cho.
14 April, 17:30 ET: Lincoln Center Chamber Society presents an evening of Beethoven chamber music.
16 April, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No.2.
19 April, 19:00 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs works by Bernstein, Stravinsky and more.
23 April, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Tippett’s The Rose Lake.
26 April, 19:00 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinksy’s Rite of Spring.
30 April, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Adams’ Harmonielehre.
Past classical concerts that were live streamed
12 March, 19:30 ET: Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin perform Beethoven’s Symphonies 5 & 6.
13 & 14 March, 19:00 GMT: Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic perform Bartók and Berio.
15 March, 17:00 GMT: Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan perform Bach’s St. John Passion at the Köln Philharmonie.
15 March, 18:00 GMT: Igor Levit performs from Munich.
15 March, 15:00 ET: Joyce DiDonato and friends perform live in DiDonato’s living room.
15 March, 17:00 ET: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents Dohnányi's Serenade, Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.
16 March, 19:00 GMT: Bayerische Staatsorchester and Joana Mallwitz perform Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Mahler’s Symphony No.1 and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Igor Levit.
16 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna (transmitted live on 16 January 16 2010).
17 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Puccini’s La Bohème, conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas (transmitted live on 5 April 2008).
16, 17 & 18 March, 18:45 GMT: Musicians from the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform ‘Quarantine Soirées’ from the BFO Rehearsal Hall.
18 March, 18:30 GMT: Avi Avatal, Daniel Hope & Jacques Ammon, Lang Lang and Max Raabe & Christoph Israel perform at the Kozerthaus Berlin without an audience.
18 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore, conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (transmitted live on 3 October 2015).
18 march, 19:30 ET: Fleur Barron (mezzo-soprano) and pianist Julius Drake perform Beethoven and Mahler.
19 March, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth perform works by Bartók and Stravinsky, with violinist Isabelle Faust.
19 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey (transmitted live on 15 December 2018).
20 March, 18:00 GMT: The Finnish National Opera performs Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
20 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez (transmitted live on 26 April 2008).
21 March, 19:30 GMT: Opera North presents Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, available to watch online, for free, until 21 August 2020.
21 March, 18:00 GMT: Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation performs Bach’s Cantata BWV 106 ‘Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit’.
21 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien (transmitted live on 7 February 2009).
22 March, 19:30 GMT: Iestyn Davies (countertenor) and Thomas Dunford perform ‘England’s Orpheus’ at the Wigmore Hall in London.
22 March, 19:30 ET: The Met presents Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky (transmitted live on 24 February 2007).
23 March, 17:00 GMT: Pianist Boris Giltburg performs Schubert’s Sonata in B major D. 575.
26 March, 14:00 GMT: Classic FM’s Artist in Residence, violinist Maxim Vengerov, performs an exclusive concert of chamber music especially for those of us at home.
26 March, 18:00 GMT: Pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 and Oliver Knussen’s Ophelia’s Last Dance.
26 March, 19:30 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Schumann Symphony No.3.
26 March, 19:30 GMT: Sophie-Anne Mutter performs Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 in Eb Major – ‘The Harp’ – with LPO leader Pieter Schoeman, co-principal viola Richard Waters and principal cello Kristina Blaumane.
27 March, 10:00 GMT: Cellist Julia Desbruslais and violist Michael Posner present the first of London Mozart Players’ 'Family Fridays’ – featuring musical treats for the kids and the whole family.
27 March, 18:00 GMT: Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu have some lovely living room chamber music planned for you – programme to be confirmed...
27 March, 20:00 GMT: Composer Ben Morales Frost and the Global Lockdown Orchestra perform Frost’s own new orchestral piece, Flight Fantastic, all together via YouTube (watch below).
27 March, 18:00 ET: New York-based cellist, Jan Vogler, presents a 24-hour live-streamed concert called ‘Music Never Sleeps’ featuring over 30 performers.
28 March, 14:00 GMT: Deutsche Grammophon pianists – including Maria João Pires, Rudolf Buchbinder, Evgeny Kissin, Víkingur Ólafsson, Jan Lisiecki, Joep Beving, Simon Ghraichy, Kit Armstrong and Daniil Trifonov – join forces to mark International Piano Day with live-streamed performances on YouTube and Facebook.
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28 March, 17:00 GMT: ‘Music By 300 Strangers’ world premiere for World Piano Day.
28 March, 19:00 GMT: Guitarist Craig Ogden performs the first of London Mozart Players’ LMP At Home ‘Saturday Sessions’, with pieces by Scarlatti and Rodrigo on the programme.
29 March, 15:00 GMT: The Inside Out Piano with Sarah Nicolls, available to watch for free until Sunday 5 April.
29 March, 19:00 GMT: London Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius’ Symphony No.5.
1 April, 13:05 GMT: Pianist Howard Shelley unpacks Franz Xaver Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – from his own home.