Your Virtual Weekend #5

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 fifth 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. Enjoy comedy for a good cause with The Big Night In
Thursday 23 April, 7pm | BBC One

For one night only, Comic Relief, BBC Children in Need and BBC One, are coming together for a special night of entertainment that will celebrate the people who are making a difference and help support those affected during these extraordinary times. hosted by Lenny Henry and Matt Baker. The lineup includes The Vicar of Dibley, Miranda Hart, Dave Grohl, Katherine Tate, David Tennant, Eastenders Virtual Pub Quiz, Peter Kay, Gary Barlow, Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing and so much more. The broadcast will also include Clap for Our Carers at 8pm. Find out more here


2. Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday

Twelfth Night, National Theatre | Thu 23 April | Available for a week from 7pm
Romeo and Juliet, The Globe | Available until Sun 3 May
Royal Shakespeare Company | Six productions available now on BBC iPlayer

Celebrate the birthday of our greatest playwright with broadcasts of his finest plays. The National Theatre at Home series continues this week with a stream of Twelfth Night, featuring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia here. Shakespeare’s Globe have made their recent production of Romeo and Juliet available to watch here while six new RSC productions have just been added to BBC iPlayer here!


3. Listen to Singing With Nightingales
Available now on YouTube

A unique collaboration between art and nature, this celebration of the nightingale’s song broadcast on Earth Day and is available to watch back now. Musicians including Sam Lee, Seth Lakeman and Johnny Flynn together with writers including Robert MacFarlane, , Lily Cole, Simon Armitage and Chris Packham duetted with the sweet sounds of the nightingales. Listen here

4. Sing-along to The Beatles Yellow Submarine
Sat 25 April, 5pm | Streaming on YouTube

Get the family together and get ready to sing… The Beatles sing-along film version of Yellow Submarine is coming to YouTube for one day only! This version of the animated 1968 film was released in cinemas in 2018 to celebrate its 50th anniversary and includes the songs Eleanor Rigby, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, All You Need Is Love and of course, the title track! Watch here


5. Be curious with the How To Academy
A series of digital events in the coming weeks

The How To Academy are renowned for hosting events with some of the world’s most influential voices. While they’re live programme is paused, they’re now hosting a programme of online events covering current affairs, philosophy, masterclasses, history and much more. Find out more here


6. Rock out at Play On Festival
24-26 April | Streaming on YouTube

This week’s big digital music festival is Play On Fest. Classic past performances from artists including Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Green Day and Janelle Monae will stream on YouTube for this 3 day virtual event. Play On is supporting the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the UN Foundation and staged by the Warner Music Group. Watch here

7. Laugh with Komedia Live comedy club
Fri 24 April, 8.30pm | Streaming on YouTube

Bath’s iconic venue Komedia is hosting award-winning comedy live on its YouTube channel! #KomediaLive is hosted by the one and only Stephen Grant, and features a cracking lineup who are sure to get us laughing. Watrch on Friday here

8. Explore ‘Virtual Bath’
A new webpage showcasing local activities and supporting local businesses

The recently launched ‘Virtual Bath’ website from Visit Bath showcases local activities that can be enjoyed from home and ways people can support local businesses during these difficult times. Explore locally here

9. Watch Michael Clark’s acclaimed contemporary dance (featuring Patti Smith!)
Streaming on BBC iPlayer now

Award-winning choreographer Michael Clark’s acclaimed triptych of contemporary dance is set to music by Patti Smith, Erik Satie and David Bowie. Watch on BBC iPlayer here

10. Go to a London Symphony Orchestra concert
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring | Sun 26 April 2020, 7pm 

Experience previous London Symphony Orchestra performances in an immersive, novel way thanks to the LSO’s ‘Play’ platform. Watch a concert from multiple camera angles and explore other resources at the same time while listening to the masterful music here. Also, don’t forget the LSO are streaming performances on their website regularly, this Sunday 26 April is Stravinsky: The Rise of Spring at 7pm. Find out more here

11. Listen to Little Thief, live in aid of Music Venue Trust

Did you see alternative rock band Little Thief at last year’s Bath Festival Finale Weekend? Catch them live on the Independent Music News Facebook page this Friday evening at 7pm. Find out more here

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