Support and Resources for musicians

As noted in an earlier post, I am trying to provide some support for musicians and the musical community via this blog and my social networks (c11,000 followers). Please feel free to contact me with material to be included. I will post feature articles and update this page regularly.

**NEW** Jon Jacob is in search of podcast contributors – one or two performers per episode recorded across a phone line – featuring curated tracks or (if you’ve got some digital recording equipment) ‘Quarantine Performances’ – as part of the Thoroughly Good Emergency Classical Music Podcast series currently underway at

He is also offering up to four half-hour coaching sessions each week for those who need a confidential space to chat.


A number of Facebook groups have sprung up to support musicians and share advice and resources, including:

Coronavirus Crisis – how to be an online musician and work from home

And Help For Musicians Affected By Coronavirus

**NEW** Elizabeth de Brito is offering online lessons, talks and repertoire consultations about female composers, diversity and inclusion in classical music. Prices start from £15 for 30 minutes. Contact Elizabeth via her website

Online Alexander Technique lessons

Bristol-based Alexander Technique teacher Jennifer Mackerras is offering online lessons. Contact Jennifer here for more information

Online lessons with Rachael Forsyth

Rachael Forsyth teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, recorder and ukulele online. Contact Rachael here for more information

She also has plenty of sheet music to keep students busy on her Roo Music website

Cello for sale

Matthew Sharp is selling his cello, made by celebrated maker Stefan Krattenmacher

“I’m lucky enough to have this bold, beautiful cello – you can behold its aesthetic glory in the pictures below. And you can hear it in all of its glory on numerous recordings – here’s one with my fabulous friends, VOCES8 (Patrick Hawes’ Reflexionem from the DECCA album EVENTIDE)”

If you are interested in this instrument, please contact Matthew Sharp for further information – and you can see pictures of this beautiful instrument on Matthew’s website.

The composer Oliver Leith has put together some of his early electronic tracks on Bandcamp. All money from the downloads will go to supporting young musicians who have lost much of their income in the current crisis. 

Oliver Leith’s Bandcamp page

Gabriella Swallow is creating music and videos