Following her previous top ten blog, University of Southampton Music Showcase Intern Anna Palethorpe shares another brilliant ten websites to get you through lockdown! Chase away the quarantine blues…
Brighton Dome has introduced a Virtual Music Centre (VMC) for summer 2020. The new centre offers young musicians the opportunity to make music, collaborate, create and perform! At VMC you will learn new skills and meet other young musicians through their activities which range from Rock & Pop, Orchestral, Jazz & Funk and Family Strings.
‘Royal & Derngate At Home’ provides many ways to get involved with the arts from the comfort of your home. From vocal and body warm-ups to making realistic jungle animal masks, this website has something to keep every child’s mind active during these challenging times. Make sure to keep an eye on the website as it is updated with new activities frequently, as well as providing interesting things to watch and read.
The Dublin National Concert Hall has an exciting collection of live streamed classical concerts performed by some of Irelands most prolific talent including the world-renowned opera singer, Tara Erraught. Each week, a new artist performs a beautiful collection of pieces, spanning numerous genres, the programmes of which can be found on their website.
The Anvil in Basingstoke introduces The Musication Station. There are numerous videos released on Facebook that teach people how they can make their own instruments at home. Furthermore, there are tutorials for those of you who might have instruments lying around.
Wigmore Hall in London is working alongside BBC Radio 3 to bring a special series of broadcasts. Wigmore Hall will be providing a new series of live lunchtime concerts every weekday in June at 1pm. If you would like to hear this, tune into BBC Radio 3 and find the upcoming schedule on the Wigmore Hall website, which also features information on the upcoming artists and their programme.
Saffron Hall has a large selection of things to read, listen, watch and learn about from dance tutorials to orchestral planning articles. There is an exciting mention of the upcoming ‘Sing Big! Online’, which promises a set of interactive videos to watch at home led by conductor and singer Dominic Ellis – Peckham. This video series will teach young musicians how to sing and more.
The Sage in Gateshead has pages of interesting Q&As and articles on up and coming artists covering a wide range of relevant and fascinating topics. The website also provides links to informative podcasts and videos which span a range of topics and genres, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
The Dublin National Concert Hall has a fascinating article about Music in Times of Crisis. The article shows how music has been used throughout the ages to provide comfort and refuge to those in crisis. Alongside this article, there are a number of intriguing photos that depict the comfort and motivation that music helps to provide.
The Anvil Arts has provided five useful tips to help manage your mental health during these challenging times, as well as useful links to NHS websites. At times like these, it is vital to look after ourselves and focus on maintaining good mental health.
There is nothing more exciting than looking at the concerts that you will be able to attend after lockdown is over, so have a browse through the Turner Sims website and see which concerts interest you.