While physical concerts are currently unable to take place, Manchester’s beloved ensembles, orchestras and institutions are doing all they can to make shifts towards the digital arena. Here we’ll be writing about musical events and activities that you can access online.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Be sure to check out our full guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North too.
Stay well folks.
Here are our picks
The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 3WS - Visit now
Home to the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic orchestras, the Bridgewater Hall attracts some of the biggest names in classical music. Purpose-built to the tune of £42m, the hall was designed around its acoustic needs; it floats on 280 earthquake-proof isolations springs that mute all external noise, perfect for shielding around 250 performances a year from the trams outside.
RNCM are taking their lunchtime concerts online, with remote recitals by students, staff and alumni live-streamed on Facebook every Monday and Thursday.
Improve your singing and wellbeing by joining The Choir Project’s weekly virtual choir led by Manchester singer and musical director, Dan McDwyer.
Created by composer Alex Ho and theatre-maker Elayce Ismail, this stunning fusion of music, text and visuals sees a trip to the Amazon take an unexpected turn.
Gallery Oldham presents an online exhibition of photographs by Yorkshire-born Syd Shelton capturing the legendary Rock Against Racism movement.
Radiohead are helping fans get through the lockdown with a series of largely unseen concert films, uploaded to YouTube every Thursday.
A brand new commission for Homemakers, Threat to Breath is a sound piece to listen to at home, on your own or with others.
The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess is hosting daily album listening parties on Twitter, featuring guest appearances from Britpop and indie royalty.
Rejoice! You can now join the People’s History Museum online as they stream this regular favourite from their events programme.