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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

Art at Home

A guide to help you stay creative from the couch

Artnet News

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Hundreds of titles completely free during coronavirus crisis

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

Bounce Back from COVID-19

Go-to information for artists, arts groups and organisations

Brendan Dooley Kids Magician

Brendan Dooley - five short magic workshops.

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 1

Featuring Lance & Ava Strong (from Crimson Coast), Howard Saunders, Alan & Julia Rhodes and exclusive new release by Lets Go Descarrego!
23rd April 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 2

Featuring Gemma Louden, Pete Delete and Andy Santos
30th April 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 3

Featuring Let's Go Descarrego!, Fabian Roberts, Yvette Audain & Deborah Hide-Bayne.
7th May 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 4

Featuring Soul Sax Plus, Sharyn Morcom, Jerry Thoma and Sarah Morcom.
14th May 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 5

Featuring RELAPSE Band, Katarina Lee & Retrowhiti.
21st May 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series - Episode 6

Featuring Chance Taiaroa Wiari Haddon, Stewart Pedley and Vegas Brown.
28th May 2020, 5:30pm

Bubble Bites Series Launch

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.

Creative NZ Emergency Response Funding

Funding available from Creative NZ during the COVID-19 pandemic
14 Apr 2020 - 30 Jun 2020

Dancing Alone Together

A central resource for the digital dance world

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

Gerald (Jerry) Thoma

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

Google Arts & Culture

Find the best arts related stories and content curated by experts

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

Katarina Lee

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

Lawrence Arabia, Single

Eggsentric Cafe, Flaxmill Bay: 7pm
17 Oct 2020

Lets Go Descarrego!

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

Live at The Londons'!

Online performances by Andrew and Kirsten London

Masterclass Round-Up

Some of the great musical master classes on YouTube

NZ Music Month

NZ Music Month kicks off on Friday, May 1st

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

Quarantine Made Musical

Streamable Classical Concerts & Films To Brighten Your Day


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

Resources for Event Creators

Resource hub for COVID-19 (Ccoronavirus) information and best practices for event creators


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

Sarah Morcom

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

Social Distancing Festival

A site for celebrating art from all over the world

Soul Sax Plus

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

Sounz Concerts

Your virtual New Zealand Music concert hall!

Stewart Pedley

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

The Arts Foundation Future Fund

The Arts Foundation is bringing together a new fund to provide an extra leg-up for artists who front up and show New Zealanders their work on Boosted.

The Sofa Singers

A free & weekly online singing event

Vodafone Lounge Jams

Vodafone and Live Nation are bringing the music right into your lounge!

White Chapel Jak

The Coroglen Tavern: 7pm
24 Oct 2020

Yvette Audain

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

ZOOM Effective Remote Working

Best practices for moving your in-person events to virtual ones