Your Virtual Weekend: A guide to online arts and culture #4

With a global broadcast featuring many of the world’s most famous, chart-topping musicians, streams of some of last decade’s most successful theatre shows and the start of an online festival celebrating one of classical music’s giants, yet again there are plenty of fantastic digital experiences to tune into this weekend.

While almost every concert, book tour and theatre performance due to take place has been postponed or cancelled, musicians, authors and artists are coming together to share inspiring content online from all corners of the globe.

This is the fourth edition of our weekly guide to just a few of the amazing gigs, concerts, shows, exhibitions and more that you can enjoy online while staying at home this weekend. To read last week’s edition of Your Virtual Weekend, click here


1. A global online music festival featuring chart-topping musicians
Highlights on BBC One | Sun 19 April, 7.15pm to 9.15pm

A global digital music festival that could be historic. This weekend, many of the world’s leading musicians will perform for One World: Together At Home, a global broadcast to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO. The star-studded lineup covers pop, rock, classical, country, hip-hop and more. From Lady Gaga, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney to Andrea Bocelli and Lang Lang, there’s something for most musical tastes. Tune in live overnight on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube on Sat 18 April or watch the highlights on BBC One on Sunday from 7:15pm to 9:15pm. Find out more here

2. Watch Treasure Island at the National Theatre
Streaming on YouTube for one week from Thu 16 April, 7pm

The incredibly popular National Theatre at Home series continues this week with a live stream of Treasure Island, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Polly Findlay. Robert Louis Stevenson‘s classic adventure of mutiny, money and murder, brought to life on stage and filmed live at London’s National Theatre. Watch on YouTube from 7pm Thursday here


3. Watch The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
Streaming on YouTube for one week from Fri 17 April, 7pm

The iconic musical is coming to YouTube for 24 hours only! This 2011 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece was performed at the Royal Albert Hall and featured a cast and orchestra of over 200. Tune in here from 7pm on Friday 17 April.


4. Royal Albert Home: Live concerts including Opera for kids
Ayanna Witter-Johnson | Thu 16 April, 8.15pm

Baxter Dury | Fri 17 April, 9pm
Opera For Kids | Sat 18 April, 2pm

The Royal Albert Hall are keeping us all entertained with a series of concerts performed by musicians live from their own homes. This weekend’s concerts include Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Baxter Dury and Opera For Kids. Soprano Susan Parkes and pianist Warren Mailley-Smith will deliver an exclusive 30-minute Opera For Kids set from their home as part of the Royal Albert Home sessions! Find out more here


5. Step into the Berlin Philharmonic digital concert hall
Concerts, documentaries and more available on demand

The Berlin Philharmonic have opened up a digital concert hall featuring over 600 orchestral concerts from more than ten years, including 15 concerts with the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko. There are also bonus videos from behind the scenes, documentaries on the history of the orchestra, portraits of conductors and orchestra members, and projects from their education programme. Jump in here


6. Learn and be curious with DK Books
New videos every day on DK Books Instagram

Every day, DK Books are sharing videos hosted by their authors, bringing us ideas, activities and inspiration to keep us all curious while staying at home. Perfect for families, current episodes online now include ‘learn to play a drumbeat’, ‘learn how you can be more plastic clever’ and ‘learn to draw a bee’. Watch on Instagram here


7. Take a virtual tour of the new Andy Warhol exhibition at the Tate Modern
Virtual tour on YouTube and extra content on Tate website

Did you miss out on going to see the new Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern? Take a virtual tour of the modern retrospective with the curators and explore the historic work by the master of pop art, room by room, here


8. Explore Joni Mitchell’s discography in chronological order
Spotify playlist

Are you looking to get away from the screen and have a spare 17 hours and 54 minutes? Far Out Magazine have put together this definitive Joni Mitchell Spotify playlist. Exploring her work in chronological order, this is the perfect isolation listening for a folk fanatic who wants to explore the legendary artist’s work in a new way. Listen here


9. Dive into Mahler’s New York, a digital festival from the New York Philharmonic
Daily events on New York Philharmonic website | 16 to 30 April

Starting on Thursday 16 April, the New York Philharmonic are celebrating Mahler with a digital festival featuring online concerts, audio broadcasts, virtual walking tours, activities for the family, recipes and more. Mahler at New York runs until 30 April. Find out more here


10. Listen to a poetry reading or author talk with Faber
Daily readings, talks and more on Faber Instagram and Twitter

Faber have been responsible for bringing many of our most loved books into the world and they’re now running many weekly digital events with their writers. These have so far included poetry readings from Simon Armitage and Wendy Cope, author talks with Jon Savage and Willy Vlautin and Max Porter reading an excerpt from Lanny. Find out more here and follow on Instagram and Twitter for regular updates.


11. Learn a new song with Laura Marling’s guitar lessons
New tutorials at 7pm every Thursday and Sunday on Laura Marling Instagram

Acclaimed folk singer Laura Marling delighted fans by moving the realese of her 2020 album Song For Our Daughter forward to last week and she’s now gone one step further by posting regular guitar lessons on Instagram. Head to her Instagram at 7pm every Thursday and Sunday and watch them back here

We’d love to know what you’ve been reading, listening and watching! Join in the conversation and let us know recommendations on Instagram or Twitter

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