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22 May 2020, 20:08 | Updated: 22 May 2020, 20:25
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.
What’s more is new research conducted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has revealed that households are using this time to learn more about the music they love, and 85 percent of the 2,135 people surveyed said they planned to discover new music during the period of coronavirus isolation, with nearly a third of these (30 percent) planning to learn more about orchestral music, opera and chamber music.
• The Metropolitan Opera – ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’
• Berlin Philharmonic – ‘Digital Concert Hall’
• Royal Albert Hall – ‘Royal Albert Home’
• Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – ‘BSO@Home’
• Royal Scottish National Orchestra – ‘Friday Night Club’
• Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘Past Performances’
• London Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘LPOnline – Connecting Through Music’
• The Philharmonia – ‘Digital Experience’
• The Southbank Centre – ‘Virtual concerts and art exhibitions’
• Bavarian State Opera – ‘Staatsopera TV’
• Carnegie Hall – ‘Live with Carnegie Hall’
• Vienna State Opera – ‘Continues Daily Online’
• Australian Chamber Orchestra – ‘ACO HomeCasts’
• 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’
• The Choir of St. John’s College, Cambridge – ‘Daily Virtual Services’
• Sage Gateshead – ‘Alternative Concert Experience’
• Stamford Symphony – ‘Stamford Symphony Channel’
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• Glyndebourne – ‘Digital Festival’
• Royal College of Music – ‘#RCMCommunity Free Online Concerts’
• 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’
• Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra – ‘Bringing our Music to You’
• Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘Close-up, at a distance’
20-24 May, 15:00 BST: The Chineke! Foundation and Sphinx Organisation present the five movements of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Othello Suite over five days online – from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 May, at 3pm each day.
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22 May, 19:00 BST: Philharmonia Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in a live-stream originally broadcast in 2017. Musicians who took part in the 2017 performance will also introduce the music, share their insights, and answer your questions in the comments section during and after the stream.
23 May, 19:00 BST: The Czech Philharmonic presents an all-Mozart gala from the stage of the Rudolfinum in Prague, conducted by Tomáš Netopil and featuring members of the orchestra and soloists Kateřina Kněžíková (soprano), Simona Šaturová (soprano), Adam Plachetka (bass- baritone) and Jan Martiník (bass). Proceeds from the concert will go to the People in Need Foundation (Člověk v tísni) for those experiencing hardship caused by coronavirus.
24 May, 13:30 BST: The Taiwan Philharmonic performs works by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Tyzen Hsiao to a distanced audience of 500 people at Taiwan’s National Theatre and Concert Hall.
30 May, 19:00 BST: Baritone Roderick Williams performs a Saturday night concert live on Facebook as part of the London Mozart Players’ At Home with LMP series – with music by Butterworth and Vaughan Williams on the programme.
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 BST: Pianist Howard Shelley unpacks Franz Xaver Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – from his own home.
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 BST: 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 BST: Barbara Hannigan and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra perform Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with violinist Veronika Eberle.
4 April, 17:00 BST: 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, 16:00 BST: Violinist Isabelle Faust performs Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor and Sonata No. 3 in C major from Leipzig's empty St. Thomas Church.
5 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Verdi’s Requiem.
6 April, 19:30 BST: Leon McCawley (piano) performs Schubert, Schumann, Grieg and Janáček at the Wigmore Hall in London.
7 April, 17:00 BST: Violinist Esther Abrami performs a living room recital live on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
8 April, 16:00 BST: Vasily Petrenko conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben.
9 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs ballet music by Stravinsky, including from The Firebird and The Rite of Spring.
10 April, 16:35 BST: Royal Choral Society performs Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from Messiah from their homes as part of Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Royal Albert Home’ series.
10 April, 19:00 BST: The Philharmonia Orchestra presents an archive performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 on this, their 75th anniversary year.
10 April, 19:30 BST: The Sixteen performs MacMillan’s Stabat mater from the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City to mark Good Friday.
11 April, 14:30 ET: Associated Chamber Music Players (ACMP) presents a Livestream Masterclass featuring the Jasper String Quartet.
11 April, 19:00 BST: Accordionist Mingyuan Ruan performs at London Mozart Players’ latest 'Saturday Session' – with works by Scarlatti and Albeniz on the bill.
12 April, 18:00 BST: Andrea Bocelli performs ‘Music for Hope’ online concert from Milan’s Duomo cathedral.
12 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with soloist Seong-Jin Cho.
10–12 April: Monteverdi Choir presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (17:00, Good Friday), Bach’s Easter cantata, ‘Christ lag in Todes Banden’ (11:00 Easter Sunday), and their 2019 album, Love is Come Again: Music from the Springhead Easter Play (11:00 Easter Monday) for Easter Weekend.
14 April, 19:00 BST: Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violist Ann Beilby and pianist George Fu perform chamber works to raise money for the Tait Emergency Relief Fund for Australian & New Zealand Artists.
14 April, 17:30 ET: Lincoln Center Chamber Society presents an evening of Beethoven chamber music.
15 April, 17:30: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs live on Facebook as part of Decca Classic’s #houseofmusic series.
16 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No.2.
17 April, 17:30: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs live on Facebook as part of Decca Classic’s #houseofmusic series.
17 April, 19:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.
19 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs works by Bernstein, Stravinsky and more.
21 April, 17:30 ET: Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center 30 Anniversary Gala, featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Mozart and Copland among other greats.
23 April, 18:30 BST: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra inaugurates its new ‘Up-close – at a distance’ series – filmed at the Grieghallen with social-distancing measures in place – with works by Tchaikovsky and Dvořák.
23 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Tippett’s The Rose Lake.
24 April, 10:00 BST: Joanna Lumley joins the London Mozart Players for a special narration of Sain-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, complete with beautiful illustrations by Cat Fuller. Watch via YouTube or Facebook.
24 April, 19:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents Monteverdi’s Baroque opera, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
25 April, 17:00 BST: The Czech Philharmonic and principal guest conductor Jakub Hrůša present a performance filmed from the stage of the Rudolfinum in Prague – featuring works by Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and more.
25 April, 13:00 EDT / 18:00 BST: The world’s best opera singers, including Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Jamie Barton, Joseph Calleja, Lawrence Brownlee, Diana Damrau, Bryn Terfel and many more, perform from their homes for the Met Opera’s At-Home Gala.
26 April, 10:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents their ‘Bach Cantata of the Week’ – and this week it’s BWV ‘Ich bin ein guter Hirt’, composed for the second Sunday after Easter.
26 April, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinksy’s Rite of Spring.
27 April, 13:00 ET / 18:00 BST: Cellist Hauser performs a “concert without an audience” at Croatia’s iconic Arena Pula.
28 April, 17:30 ET: Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center presents its 1997 ‘A Celebration of Johannes Brahms with Jessye Norman’ archive concert, also featuring violist Pinchas Zukerman.
30 April, 19:30 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Adams’ Harmonielehre.
1 May, 19:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra presents Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.
2 May, 10:00 BST: Welsh National Opera launches its weekly family-friendly concerts where members of WNO Orchestra and Chorus will perform pieces, and show us what it’s like behind the scenes in opera, by talking about sets, staging and costume-making.
2 May, 16:30 BST: Pianist Ji Liu performs Philip Glass’s Glassworks, along with works by Einaudi and Michael Nyman – live via Instagram – in the first of his ‘Live For Love’ piano sessions.
3 May, 10:00 BST: Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra performs its Bach Cantata of the Week, and this week it’s BWV 146 ‘Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal’.
3 May, 19:00 BST: London Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart Horn Concertos from LSO St Luke’s.
5 May, 15:00 EDT: The Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center presents its 25th Season Opening Gala from 1993, which features Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B- flat, among other works.
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6 May, 19:00 BST: Classic FM Artist in Residence and Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, Maxim Vengerov, presents a masterclass on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with talented RCM violinists and forces of the RCM Symphony Orchestra.
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9 May, 18:00 BST: Classical crossover artist Sarah Brightman presents another opportunity to experience her 1997 Royal Albert Hall concert, which features guest appearances from Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
10 May, 18:00 ET: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs at the second Memorial for Us All concert – part of Lincoln Center At Home’s offering – to remember lives lost in the coronavirus pandemic.
13 May, 09:00 BST: London Mozart Players presents the first episode of a new series, ‘The Grounded Conductor’, featuring conductor Tim Henty exploring the challenges of modern conducting – including conducting an orchestra in the context of jazz and pop, how to design music experiences for families, and how musicians and fellow conductors are adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.