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Quarantine Made Musical


As people around the world hunker down to contain the spread of COVID-19, we're sorely lacking for sources of hope, inspiration, and beauty. But even in shutdown, these things aren't gone! They just require some extra hunting.


We've done the finding for you, compiling classical, jazz, and dance performances, films, and videos that will brighten your day. Best of all, all these items are free to stream (some of them require an existing subscription).


Berlin Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

One of the web's treasure troves for classical music, the Berlin Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall features hundreds of beautifully filmed and digitized videos dating back more than 50 years. Now through March 31, the Philharmoniker has made accessing the archives free, so you can dig into the extensive back catalog (Karajan conducting Beethoven anyone?) to your heart's content.


Metropolitan Opera

While Lincoln Center is closed, the Metropolitan Opera will share free nightly streams of past Live in HD performances.



Our extensive performance library was tailormade for times like this. Whether you want to stream past Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Impromptus, a hilarious Baroque opera parody, or web exclusive videos with artists like Anne-Sophie Mutter and Chicago's own Anthony and Demarre McGill, we've got you covered! Or you can check out our fun new digital series Math in Music. Just head over to our Facebook page or YouTube channel for hours upon hours of great musical content!



One of the inaugurators of streaming, Netflix has a few great music and arts-minded offerings to add to your list. Some of our favorites include Restless Creature, about retired ballet star Wendy Whelan, Quincy, a documentary about the iconoclastic and prolific Quincy Jones, and Yeh Ballet, which looks to be a Billy Elliot-type story set in Mumbai.



While poking around, we dug up a miniseries called The Music in Me, where young artists from across the country and of all genres shared videos of their performances and rehearsals. We're not sure how we hadn't heard of it before, because it sounds heartwarming and delightful!



Our sister station has a staggering video catalog, much of which is available for free online! Miles Davis doc Birth of the Cool; Classical:BTS — a web series profiling classical artists and administrators in Illinois; the annual Sphinx competitions, which feature young Black and Latino string musicians; not to mention a celebratory concert in honor of Leonard Bernstein featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Andris Nelsons, and the Bach and Vivaldi episodes of recent classical music/travel series Now Hear This.



Mickey and co have a ton of musically minded films, but two that stick out for their use of classical music are Fantasia and its sequel Fantasia 2000, which use music by Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Gershwin to heighten the onscreen magic.

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2020 Annual Short Story Award

NZ Writers College Competition

Andy Santos

Andy Santos is a jazz guitarist in Wharekaho/Simpson's Beach

Art & Faith Retreat

Mt Paku, Tairua: 14th to 16th Aug, 5pm to 2pm
14 Aug 2020

Austen Found

Penny Ashton and Lori Dungey, aka Miss Patchybottom and Miss Gingerbottom, have prepared some videos to keep you all tittering in your manor houses.

Boosted Live

Launching 24th April, Boosted Live is a place where you can live stream your creative mahi and be fairly remunerated for it.
24 Apr 2020

Brendan Dooley Kids Magician

Brendan Dooley - five short magic workshops.

Bubble Bites Series

Bubble Bites - a series of short performance by artists from The Coromandel

Central to the Soul

A gentle story of Central Otago, the touring artists, the halls and heroes, that host them.

Creatives in Schools

Sign-up for the Ministry of Education's Creatives in Schools Programme by the end of June.

Dave Rhodes Productions

Dave Rhodes is a sound engineer and music producer in Whitianga

En Pointe Dance Studio

Lisa Gifford is a dancer and runs En Pointe Dance Studio in Whitianga

Fabian Roberts

Fabian Roberts is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter in Whitianga

Fantastic Flying Machines

Build Fantastic Flying Machines at Mercury Bay Library these school holidays.

Freedom Painting Workshop

Gain new confidence and clarity in your own creative ability.
11th & 12th July 2020, 9am to 4pm

Gerald (Jerry) Thoma

Jerry Thoma is a rock, folk, country musician in Hahei

Harcourts Foundation Grants

Funding available for the promotion and fostering of art and culture in New Zealand
4 May 2020

Howard Saunders

Howard Saunders is a poet in Hotwater Beach

Hula's Beats & Beans Sunday Sessions

Hula's Beats & Beans Sunday Sessions are back!
Sun 26th July, 11am-2pm

Katarina Lee

Katarina Lee is a childrens and young teen author in Kaimarama, Whitianga

Kitchen Chaos! - Children's Magic Show

Rollicking Entertainment team returns with another fabulously funny fiasco.
Fri 10th July 2020, 1:30pm

Lawrence Arabia, Single

Eggsentric Cafe, Flaxmill Bay: 7pm
17 Oct 2020

Let's Dance

A short piano duet recital featuring performances of light classics by Diana Morcom & Daniel Jones.
Fri 24th July 2020, 5pm

Lets Go Descarrego!

Let's Go Descarrego! are an acoustic folk punk duo in Whitianga

Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition

The Lion Foundation National Secondary School Songwriting Competition is open to every NZ secondary school student
Thur 23rd July 2020

Offbeat Theatre Company

Offbeat Theatre Company is a community repertory group based in Whitianga.

Pete Delete

Pete Delete is a poet and artist in Whenuakite

Peter Lawrence

Peter Lawrence AKA The Rockin Realtor is a musician from Whitianga


RELAPSE Band is a musical theatre/originals/dance group in Kuaotunu


Retrowhiti are a pop/rock/folk/reggae duo in Whitianga

Sarah Morcom

Sarah Morcom is an indie pop singer/songwriter from Purangi/Cooks Beach

Soul Sax Plus

Soul Sax Plus is a jazz/soul/blues/reggae/Latin influenced duo from near Coroglen

Stewart Pedley

Stewart Pedley is a songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and performer in Whitianga

The Daylight Atheist

Michael Hurst stars in this repertoire experience written by award-winning satirical cartoonist Tom Scott.
Thu 20th Aug 2020, 7pm

The Lost Spring Happy Hour

Join us for Happy Hour every Friday featuring live musicians at The Lost Spring.
Fri 3rd July 2020, 5:30pm

White Chapel Jak

The Coroglen Tavern: 7pm
24 Oct 2020

Yvette Audain

Yvette Audain is a musician, composer & tutor on the Coromandel Peninsula