With live gigs still *sigh* off the cards, livestreamed events continue to help us connect with our favourite artists and venues, while supporting the industry around them.
New additions to our Music Guide this month include a forward-thinking Twitch series by Manchester label Scruff of the Neck, a one-off performance by local folk/soul duo The Breath, and a brand new concert by Manchester Camerata – “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra” (The Times) – featuring rising star saxophonist Jess Gillam.
We’ve also updated our Lockdown Listens playlist with our favourite releases from 2021, including tunes by Shame, Viagra Boys, Black Country, New Road, Stereolab, Bicep and Four Tet.
Here are our picks
Manchester Camerata: All Time Is Eternally Present, online, 26 February 2021, from £10 - Book now
Conducted by the internationally renowned Pekka Kuusisto, Manchester Camerata is joined by rising star Saxophonist Jess Gillam for an eclectic and exciting new concert, streaming via Virtual Circle.
Jonathan Demme x Talking Heads. Find out why Stop Making Sense is widely regarded as the greatest concert film ever made.
Psappha’s 2020–21 season explores the sharpest and smartest sounds in contemporary classical music, presented in concert and streamed online for free.
The first concert in the Hallé’s Winter Season sees Sir Mark Elder conduct two glorious Romantic works plus a world premiere by Huw Watkins.
The Hallé is joined by baritone Roderick Williams for a programme of works that reflect on the poignancy and fragility of human life.
In his wildly popular Broadway show American Utopia, David Byrne reflects on human connections, life and how on earth we work through it.
Join the World of Music Choir to learn a mixture of traditional and modern tunes. With no previous experience necessary and an ethos of no judgement, it’s the most friendly introduction to group singing you could wish for.
My First Protest Song goes online. Round up the family and join Matt Hill for this live-streamed event full of toe-tapping tunes.
The Hallé are joined by poet laureate Simon Armitage, virtuoso saxophonist Jess Gillam and Former Hallé Assistant Conductor Jonathon Heyward.