Some arts-related recommendations to help see you through the Coronavirus pandemic!

Choral Music

Music for Lent:

Some of the most wonderful music has been composed for the church and Holy Week in particular. Here are a few thoughts to share with some of our favourite recordings: 

Sir John Stainer's Crucifixion performed by the Choir of Clare College Cambridge 

Charles Wood's St Mark Passion performed by the Choir of Jesus College Choir Cambridge 

Gregorio Allegri's Miserere performed by Tenebrae

Johann Sebastian Bach's Actus Tragicus Cantata from the Netherlands Bach Society 

Johann Sebastian Bach's St John Passion with the Dunedin Consort and John Butt 

James MacMillan's Seven Last Words on the Cross with the Dmitri Ensemble

Tomás Luis de Victoria's Tenebrae Responsories with The Sixteen

Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri recorded in the Swiss town of Payerne

William Byrd's double motet Ne Iscaris Domine and Civets Sancti performed here by Voces8

Herbert Howells' Hymns Paradisi with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and The Bach Choir

Herbert Howells' Eja Mater from the 'Stabat Mater' with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and The Bach Choir

Thomas Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah performed here by Tenebrae Consort

Herbert Howells' Requiem with the Gabrieli Consort

Domenico Scarlatti's Stabat Mater performed live by the Monteverdi Choir

Palestrina's Stabat Mater performed by Ars Nova Copenhagen

Music for Easter

George Frederick Handel's Messiah performed here by the Academy of Ancient Music - Part II and III are entirely to do with the actions leading up to Easter. Curiously, Part I is the only reference to Christmas!

General recommendations: 

St John's College Choir in Cambridge regularly webcast services which can be found here. They also release some videos of live services, such as this performance of Stanford's rousing Magnificat in A.

The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge webcast/video cast every service during term time, and these recordings/videos can all be found on their YouTube channel here. There are also many live recordings from concerts, such as this recording of Pärt, Tavener and Kalinnikov. 

Berlin Digital Concert Hall

The Berlin Digital Concert Hall is an incredible resource, giving you access to many live performances over the last few years. They have made this online streaming platform completely free until the end of the month.

Our three favourites include:

- Film music at the Waldbühne (amphitheatre in Berlin)

- Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky with Simon Rattle 

- Mahler and Schubert with Bernhard Haitink

Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera in New York are generously brightening the lives of self-isolaters with their Nightly Met Opera Streams. Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours. Simply click on this page and find yesterday's/today's date. 


Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London have an amazing wealth of Live Streams on their YouTube Channel here

Jamie Cullum and the Heritage Orchestra at the BBC Proms - watch here.

Some other links...

Rutland Water Osprey Cam - Watch a live webcam stream from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust's osprey nest at Manton Bay, where the birds have been nesting since 2015.

Goldmark TV Live - The Goldmark Gallery, based in Uppingham, are launching a live channel so that you can enjoy their art, books and ceramics from the comfort of your own home. 


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