New classical music streaming service available

Libraries are hoping to introduce for members later in the year, however from  now until early June is your chance to try out the service and let us know what you think?

Photograph of Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel, © Silvia Lelli is the world’s largest collection of classical music, opera and dance videos. It gives free online access to 3500 musical works filmed from the 1940s onwards plus over 2500 videos of concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries and master classes.
It’s easy to access all you need is your library membership number.

Don’t forget you can also listen to the best orchestras and classical performers on Naxos Music Library (NML) the world´s largest online classical music streaming library. With your library membership you can access 1000s of CDs with over a million tracks. Latest releases are added every week. Stream tracks via the website and app or download tracks and playlists via the app to listen offline for up to 30 days.

Are ye dancin’?

If you’ve been dancing around your living room on your own, now you can take inspiration from the many dance companies streaming performances and making classes available online.

Start with the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School perform Matthew Hart’s Peter and the Wolf, choreographed to Prokofiev’s charming music, as part of the Royal Opera House’s #OurHouseToYourHouse series. For a real classic watch the Krelim Ballet perform Swan Lake.

You can learn more about the history of ballet and find more step-by-step techniques of classical ballet with BBC Arts Origins of Ballet.

If classical ballet is too formal for you and hip-hop or contemporary dance is more your thing – at BBC Arts Hip-Hop Dance and BBC Arts Contemporary Dance here’s your chance to learn some classic moves and the history of hip-hop and contemporary dance.

If all this inspires you, join Royal Academy of Dance teacher and Silver Swans expert practitioner Sarah Platt as she brings her motivational ballet classes directly to you at home. This is the first in a series of classes aimed at the over 55s, giving you the knowledge to unleash your inner dancer, with new sequences to learn and remember each week. Try this as a family!

Scottish Ballet have launched Dance Health and Wellbeing Classes especially for people with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, dementia and other conditions – but the classes are suitable for many of us new to dance.

Sadler’s Wells Take Part series have launched a series of Family Dance Workshops. Although designed for younger children we can all enjoy learning how to balance, move like your favourite animal and dance the way colours make you feel.

Do you love musical theatre? Each Friday Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a musical available to watch for 48 hours to keep us entertained at the weekend. Check out The Shows Must Go On! Tune in tonight, Friday 10 April for Jesus Christ Superstar!

Read another blog post giving staff recommendations for enjoying music concerts online.

In the Ink Dark

a dance and poem
made from memory and from conversation

In the Ink Dark is a new project from artist Luke Pell and collaborators. Throughout May and June a series of conversations and encounters with different people in Leith and Edinburgh will lead to a week of live dance performances at unique spaces across the city including Central Library and McDonald Road Library.

Performed by an eclectic group of dance and performance artists with an original music composition from Scott Twynholm, In the Ink Dark collects and explores experiences of loss and landscape, memory and materiality through dance, design and poetry.

Luke draws upon his own and others stories to make objects, dances and installations that can only exist because of different people coming together to listen and to share. This project invites people from all walks of life to talk with him, to share, reflect and celebrate something they have loved and lost. In the Ink Dark is an immersive project with different moments and modes of participation, an accumulative poem and choreography – for live and virtual space – that can only be made by the many people it meets with.

Drawings and photographs will be made as part of every performance of In the Ink Dark. The performance is immersive with seating provided, lasting approximately 1 hour with no interval.

Performances take place at:
McDonald Road Library Monday 19 June at 6 – 7pm
Central Library Thursday 22 June at 7 – 8pm.

Book online via Edinburgh Reads on Eventbrite.

Visit the In the Ink Dark website to find out more about the project and further performances.