There’s a host of online music resources to explore during the current lockdown. They range from classical music at the Philharmonic Hall, Milapfest’s series of Indian music concerts and the archive of the British Music experience.
Closer to home, Beneath the Merseybeat charts the history and influence of Black Liverpool music and Liverpool Cathedral has its own online music archive. There is also a full programme of streaming gigs from renowned indie venue Future Yard in Birkenhead.
There really is something for everyone to beat the lockdown boredom and add some music to your day.
1 Philharmonic Hall Concerts On Demand
Experience the very best concerts by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, filmed live at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, from the comfort of your home.
The concerts include the much loved Vasily Petrenko conducting music by Beethoven and Shostakovich.
2 Music For The Mind and Soul Digital Concerts
Milapfest’s mission is to ‘Unite Hearts Through Arts’ by producing memorable and inspirational experiences in Indian Arts for everyone through a dynamic programme of performances, education and artist development opportunities.
Their Music for the Mind and Soul digital concerts include a special tribute to the renowned Indian classical musician Pandit Nikhil Banerjee by Dr. Pandit Ranajit Sengupta.
The concerts are held on the last Saturday of each month and past performances can be watched here.
3 Beneath the Merseybeat Podcast – Liverpool International Music Festival
The Beneath the Merseybeat podcast series explores how Black American music found its way to the city post-war. The series looks at the impact these sounds had on Liverpool and its music scene, and how they were absorbed by musicians in the city.
These themes are explored and chart what was happening throughout the 1960s and 70s. Their aim is to raise awareness of and help preserve Liverpool’s black music heritage.
4 British Music Experience
The British Music Experience boasts an unrivalled collection of memorabilia, stage outfits, instruments, images and footage. It charts the beginnings, rise and influence of British pop from 1945 to the present day
You can explore past events, screenings and gigs online at their website. Their archive includes coverage of Liverpool’s The Real Thing and OMD plus BBC6 Music DJ Mark Radcliffe.
5 Future Yard – Digital Concert Programme
There is a fantastic digital programme of live streamed headline performances at Birkenhead’s Future Yard venue. Performances from Sonic Boom, OMD and many local musicians will be broadcast on YouTube. The shows will be on a high-quality stream and completely free to access.
This is a chance to sample a small amount of the thrill of a live show, and also take a look inside Future Yard, before you can head along and enjoy a full show when they’re fully open.
6 Melodic Distraction Radio
A community radio station, online archive and magazine. The Melodic Distraction archive includes video covering electronic music and DJ’s, in Drift and The Path.
Their online magazine also features local artists and recommendations. The magazine is an ideal way to catch up on the current Merseyside music scene.
7 The Popular Music Show with Roger Hill, Radio Merseyside
Radio Merseyside has hosted the longest running alternative music show on UK local radio. Legendary Liverpool DJ Roger Hill has kept his programme going through all sorts of changes, of name, broadcast time, station policy and musical style.
The show is a fabulous mix of local music, exotic sounds and some unique discoveries, including poetry and guest interviews.
The show is archived online and broadcast 9pm every Friday, Radio Merseyside.
8 Liverpool Cathedral Archive
Liverpool Cathedral has an online music based archive, with articles on their own choirs and visiting choirs. The choir has worked with many famous musicians, including former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.
Their website also includes a history and video performance of the Cathedral organ. Completed in 1926, it is the longest running pipe organ in the UK.
9 Liverpool Digital Music Festival
Liverpool Digital Music Festival: Rise, will take place on the 27 and 28 February 2021. The online ‘from home’ digital music festival will showcase the best rising talent from the Liverpool City Region aged 18 to 24.
You can watch the festival live on their website and social media channels.