Your Virtual Weekend #7

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

This is 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. Watch Neil Gaiman and Sam Weller talk Ray Bradbury at The Big Book Weekend

Saturday 9 May at 12noon | Festival takes place from 8-10 May

We’re absolutely thrilled to be presenting a Bath Festival event at the Big Book Weekend, a 3 day virtual literature festival in partnership with BBC Arts and Arts Council England. Don’t miss Neil Gaiman in conversation with Sam Weller about sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury this Saturday at 12noon. Other highlights through the weekend include virtual events with Bernadine Evaristo, Robert Webb, Maggie O’Farrell, Michael Morpurgo and Marianne Keyes. Sign up to watch for free here

2. Get active with the Kids Of Bath Lockdown Festival
A full day of activities on Saturday 9 May
Get ready to dance, bake, craft, meditate and more! Kids of Bath have put together a full day of fun family friendly activities led by local Bath based businesses. The Lockdown Festival is raising vital funds for the RUH Forever Friends Appeal and BANES3SG, who are both doing incredible things for our community in response to COVID19. Find out more here

3. Watch Katherine Jenkins perform live from inside an empty Royal Albert Hall
Friday 8 May, 6pm

For the first time ever, the Royal Albert Hall will host a concert from behind closed doors. To mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins will perform in a special 30 minute concert streamed to YouTube. Katherine will sing wartime favourites including The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again – the latter performed as a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn and featuring Classic BRIT Award winning saxophonist Jess Gillam. Watch here

4. Listen to Harry Potter read by Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham and more celebrity narrators

First chapter with Daniel Radcliffe available on Spotify and Wizarding World website

Some of the best known names in film, music, sport and entertainment are coming together to each read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Excitingly, the first chapter is available now and is read by Daniel Radcliffe himself! Other celebrities getting involved include Eddie Redmayne, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim and Noma Dumezweni. You can watch the videos here or listen on Spotify here.

5. Watch a Deafinitely Theatre production on Deaf Awareness Week

Love Labour’s Lost – available until 15th May
Grounded – available on demand

Deafinitely Theatre are the first deaf launched and deaf led professional theatre company in the UK producing quality bilingual theatre in british sign language and spoken english. Their vision is a world where theatre is accessible for all and deaf people are a valued part of the national theatre landscape. The groundbreaking theatre company have made two of their previous productions available to watch online with another coming soon. Watch Love Labour’s Lost and Grounded here.

6. Listen to the Gramophone Charity Gala

Sunday 10 May, 7pm
A wonderful lineup of musicians are taking to the (online) stage this weekend for the Gramophone Charity Gala. To support musicians whose work has dried up due to the Covid-19 crisis, Gramophone has organised an online gala featuring former Gramophone Classical Music Awards winners. Each artist will introduce and perform a short programme from their own home and viewers will be encouraged to donate to Help Musicians. The lineup includes Bertrand Chamayou, Sean Shibe, Lise Davidsen, Stephen Hough, Víkingur Ólafsson, Rachel Podger and Ian Bostridge. Find out more here

7. Watch Mark Olver’s Belly Laughs with Bristol Old Vic

Sunday 10 May, 7.30pm

Get ready to chuckle with Bristol Old Vic. Mark Olver will be bringing his own unique brand of belly laughs back to life for one special night of lockdown entertainment. With contributions from some of his comedian friends and familiar Bristol faces (including Russell Howard, Jon Richardson, Alex Lovell, Jayde Adams, John Robins, Joe Wilkinson and many more to be announced) he’ll be celebrating Bristol in a live-streamed one-off gig whilst raising money for four incredibly important local charities: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, FareShare South West, The Julian Trust and Bristol Old Vic. Find out more here

8. See some of Bath’s music all stars perform in aid of RUH Bath

Saturday 9 May, 7pm

A group of professional musicians living in Bath are coming together to perform a special virtual concert in aid of the Forever Friends Appeal at the RUH,  to help fund care packages for NHS staff and patients and also to help meet urgent needs on wards and in departments. The lineup includes Justin Adams, who you may have seen at the 2018  Bath Festival Finale Weekend performing with festival headliner, Robert Plant. Also performing will be Leon Hunt, described by The Guardian as Britain’s greatest 5 string banjo player, and other local professional musicians and teachers.  As well as some stunning local professional musicians and teachers. Find out more here

9. Join in The Edge Arts Virtual Community Book Club
Saturday 9 May, 2.30pm

Have you got more time to spare on weekends and wondering how to spend it? Why not join The Edge’s Virtual Book Club? Each couple of weeks, the group will pick a title, read along and then get together virtually to discuss it. The first session is this Saturday on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Find out more here

10. Watch Komedia’s Lockdown Cabaret (18+)

Saturday 9 May, 8.30pm

Whether you are in your ball gown or dressing gown, tune in on Saturday night for the Ministry of Burlesque Lockdown Cabaret, brought to you in your very own living room by Komedia. Watch here

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