Opportunities to make and enjoy music online

Musicians at St Mark’s have been sending in ideas and resources for how to make something positive from the current situation. We’ve collated them here. These resources will be updated, please let us know if a link no longer works; and if you have any suggestions, ideas or additions, please send them to David Willington [email protected].  If you would like any assistance accessing these resources, please also contact David on the email address above.


Virtual choirs

Make music yourself
  • Free music download from Pennine Music
  • Free brass music from Lode for Publishing – plus an online challenge to create your own recording
  • Acapella is an app that lets you create and share music with each other.
  • Learn an instrument online. If you have time on your hands, why not dig out that old trumpet and get practicing. There are lots of YouTube tutorials out there to help as well as professionals offering online lessons (our Corporate Member Your Space Music, for example).
  • Our corporate member, Black Dress Code, is turning their website into a temporary digital concert hall to allow musicians to stream performances. Audiences will be charged a fee to watch, which will then be passed on to performers. Email [email protected]for more information.
  • Part play is a practice companion instrumental app that’s especially good for stringed instruments – play your part along to a professional ensemble backing track.
  • There are lots of free music (and other) courses with Open University
Make music with your group
  • Chorus Connection has published a great blog on what to consider when running an online choir rehearsal. Our member group, Notorious choir, also has some great ideas in a blog about their first online rehearsal.
  • Facebook Live – we know some groups have tried this already. It is best for broadcast rather than interaction, but lots of people have had success with the choir leader broadcasting and everyone at home singing along. The Facebook live page has its own ‘how to’ and ‘top tips’ guide.
  • Zoom seems to be the online meeting provider of choice for music leaders. It does allow for more interaction, but this has to be managed well (see Chorus Connection blog). The app does have a free version for up to 100 participants – and you can have as many meetings or sessions as you like – but they are limited to 40 minutes per session. There is a useful video tutorial with information how to use Zoom in ‘Music Mode’ on YouTube. Also, our friends at Sound and Music will be hosting a free online Zoom tutorial for composers and music makers every Friday at 12.30pm GMT. Register online.
  • There is also a useful tutorial on Zoom for choral conductors from the Royal Academy of Music also on YouTube, in two parts. View parts one and two.
  • Google Hangouts is another alternative
  • Speak with your music leaders about possible online lessons for members – it could be great way to keep some funds coming in for your group and to support your freelance music professional. If your music leaders haven’t taught online before, this blog from Music Teachers Helper is a good starting point.
Apps for online music making, geared around everyone playing at once
Watch music

There’s also the great news – Get Creative UK festival and Make Music Day on 21 June are both going digital – have a look at their websites to see how to take part.

Various online musical offerings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eXT60rbBVk (The Rotterdam Philharmonic doing part of Beethoven’s 9th symphony from their various houses)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEek098QcrU&feature=youtu.be (Are we downhearted? by Arthur Boyton from WWI)

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