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Bands, orchestras, operas... You can now stream live music from your living room!
Posted on 25/03/2020

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With people in lockdown pretty much everywhere around the world, music can be a real balm to our souls, even more so when everything else seems to fall apart. If we cannot attend events and concerts in these difficult times, people are now finding other ways to indulge in music - you can listen to it from your balcony if you're lucky enough to have talented neighbours, but world famous artists and classic concert halls are now also offering online performances for free, that you can stream from your living room.

Listen to some iconic musicians from your living room

Listen to some iconic musicians from your living room
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Even if it is closed until April 19, the renowned Berlin Philharmonic has made its digital archive accessible to people online, with hundreds of past concerts and upcoming shows available. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which is closed until April 13, will also be livestreaming performances on their YouTube Channel. And the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and London's Wigmore Hall will be bringing live music to your own home too.

If you're a fan of operas, the Paris Opera and Culturebox websites have also been livestreaming classic ballets and operas, such as Don Giovanni, Swan Lake, The Barber of Seville, and Carmen.

The Vienna State Opera will for its part share a new performance everyday through a streaming platform, and Italy's Teatro Regio is bringing previous productions to online audiences through its amazing YouTube channel.

But it is not all about classical music - musical lovers should also remain hopeful, as BroadwayHD will let its subscribers stream popular acts such as Cats, Kinky Boots, and 42nd Street from a massive list of stage productions.

And if you are disappointed by cancelled concerts and events, you can even enjoy SiriusXM's Ultra Virtual Audio Festival on UMF radio, which will be playing live DJ sets from artists lined-up at the festival, such as Afrojak, Major Lazer, and Armin van Burren.

Scott Greenstein, president and chief content officer of SiriusXM, commented "With the postponement of beloved events, necessary changes in people's everyday life, and need for social distancing, we know our listeners are seeking a sense of community more than ever".

Pop stars are also joining the movement, with Coldplay's Chris Martin and John Legend giving performances on Instagram. They joined the "Together at Home" project, a series of virtual concerts that the World Health Organization (WHO) and Global Citizen are now presenting.

John Legend even added a note to his Instagram video, saying "Social distancing is important, but that doesn't mean it has to be boring"... And of course, he couldn't be more right!