Livestreamed gigs continue to help us connect with our favourite artists and venues, while supporting the industry around them.
Top picks in our Music Guide this month include a set by electronic duo Bicep, who will be giving tunes from their new album Isles a heavy makeover at London’s Saatchi Gallery. A few weeks later, post rock misfits Black Country, New Road, will be streaming a live performance of their incredible debut album For the first time, filmed at the Southbank Centre. Closer to home, we look forward to a brand new concert by Manchester Camerata – “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra” (The Times) – featuring rising star saxophonist Jess Gillam.
We also write about Sounds From The Other City, whose organisers have had to cancel the festival for the second year running. They’re thus appealing to local music fans for financial help in a bid to secure the jewel in the crown of Salford’s music scene.
We’ve also updated our Lockdown Listens playlist with our favourite releases from 2021 so far, including tunes by Black Country, New Road, Ólafur Arnalds, FKA Twigs, Squid and Matt Berninger.
Here are our picks
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.
Composers Michael Betteridge and Joe Steele lead a musical exploration into the archives, with new songs written by this eclectic group every fortnight.