Live music & theatre

Making Connections from Home > Live music & plays

Right now, a wide range of artists and groups are starting to perform “virtually” by livestreaming over social media.

While there is a huge range of pre-recorded music and video that you can easily access online, there are lots of benefits to watching something live. When something is live, it feels more like an “event”, and it helps you to structure your day by knowing that something is going to happen at a certain time. In the list below we’ve collected together all of the livestreamed performances and platforms we know about, and highlighted where there’s an opportunity to chat to other event-goers during the event.

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Free

JamBase 

https://www.jambase.com/livestreams

  • Regularly updated calendar of upcoming music livestreams 

Billboard 

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

  • Billboard are also regularly updating their blog with upcoming livestreamed music 

Consequence of Sound 

https://consequenceofsound.net/tag/virtual-concert/

  • Another regularly updated list of upcoming livestreamed music 

LiveStream Festival 

https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/live-streams

  • An easy-to-navigate calendar of upcoming live streamed performances 
  • Includes music, theatre, film, poetry, dance and storytelling 

Metropolitan Opera

https://www.metopera.org/season/radio/free-live-audio-streams/

  • Nightly opera livestreams

92Y

https://www.92y.org/archives/watch-live

  • Weekly classical music livestreams

English National Ballet 

https://www.youtube.com/user/enballet

  • Free ballet performances live on Youtube every Wednesday 

Royal Albert Hall 

https://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/series/royal-albert-home

  • Live streamed performances from the homes of performers 
  • Visit the website to see upcoming events 

Royal London Orchestra  – Always Playing 

https://lso.co.uk/whats-on/2019-20-season/alwaysplaying.html

  • The orchestra is streaming one of their concerts for free every Tuesday and Sunday on theiir Youtube channel 
  • Watch along with others and comment during the performance 

Budapest Festival Orchestra

https://www.bfz.hu/en/koncertek-es-jegyek/koncertnaptar/

  • The Budapest Festival Orchestra is hosting a series of “Quarantine Soirees” over the next few weeks

Robert Myles – The Show Must Go On

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFQ2EezD1GPVTH6hug3zu8w

  • Weekly readings of Shakespeare’s plays in the order in which they were believed to be written
  • Hosted on Youtube, so you can comment while it’s happening

The Showstoppers

https://www.facebook.com/theshowstoppers

  • The Showstoppers have livestreamed at least one of their musical and may continue to do so in the future
  • Hosted on Facebook, so you can comment during the performances and interact with others

Choir! Choir! Choir

https://www.facebook.com/choirx3

  • Sing-along performances on a Tuesday night (1:00am UK time!)

The Sofa Singers 

https://www.thesofasingers.com/

  • 45 minutes of singing with others via Zoom, followed by a “virtual tea break” 
  • Runs every Tuesday and Friday 

Great British Home Chorus 

https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus/

  • An opportunity to contribute to a nationwide music project 

Soundabout UK 

https://www.facebook.com/SoundaboutUK/

  • Sing with others live via Facebook every Tuesday and Saturday 

Sing Out Strong 

http://www.singoutstrong.co.uk/virtualchoirpractice.html

  • A virtual choir that’s open to anyone and accessed via Facebook 
  • Sheet music can be downloaded from the Sing Out Strong website 

VChoir 

https://www.vchoir.co.uk/

  • Weekly choir using the video platform Zoom 
  • The Friday session is open to everyone while the Wednesday session is aimed at the over 50s to sing classic songs, and is suitable also for carers and people with dementia. 

Mosley Misfits 

https://www.misfitsmusic.org.uk/

  • A facebook group you can join which hosts an Online Hour every Thursday 
  • Join with whatever music instrument you can play! 

Paid-for

LIVR

https://livr.co.uk

  • Theatre performances that you can watch in VR
  • Subscription based (but only £6 a month)

Virtual Festival

https://www.facebook.com/VirtualFestival2020/

  • This Facebook group is coordinating a series of live music performances over the next few weeks, to be streamed on Facebook, with viewers donating to the artists via Paypal to support them
  • You can comment and be part of the conversation
  • You’re encouraged to pay the artists to help support them

StageIt

https://www.stageit.com/site/landing

  • Livestreamed performances from artists
  • You can chat to other people watching the performances, and also ask the artist questions
  • This is a paid-for platform