Planning an event online can be challenging. Whether it’s a corporate event, virtual team building or you just want to make that birthday Zoom call extra special – adding some entertainment is the perfect way to create a lasting impression.
At Encore, we’ve helped everyone from the NHS to Accenture and Universal Music put on virtual parties for their teams. And we’ve helped thousands for people spread joy with our personal music message service.
We’ve picked out our top 5 music entertainment ideas that are COVID safe and as well as being fun! So without further ado – let’s jump in!
Ready to book? Head to our Virtual Experiences page to browse and book your entertainment.
- Zoom bomb (best value)
- Live interactive performance (most popular)
- Personalised Music Messages (best gift idea)
- In-person serenade (best for live events)
- Musical Awards Ceremony Package (best premium corporate package)
1. Zoom bomb (best value)
Getting Zoom fatigue? Hire a musician to jump into your call, perform a sing and give your team a hilarious surprise!
We’ve found Zoom bombs are particularly popular for companies looking to spice up all-hands meetings. Here’s what Hannah, one company CEO had to say:
Such a brilliant way to liven up another company Zoom call! Max is brilliant – really engaging, funny and the perfect performer.
Featured musician: Max Lozowsky
Multi-instrumentalist and all-round musical comedian is guaranteed to wow you with his musical skills as much as his wit has your cracking up!
2. Live interactive performance (most versatile)
Looking for a quality musical performance to mark a special occasion? Then booking a virtual musician performance is the perfect option for you.
Singers, guitarists, and violinists are particularly popular with customers.
Our musicians use the latest streaming technology (and pre-tested internet connections) to ensure the performance feels like the real thing! But don’t just take my word for it – here are a few recent reviews from our customers:
Deborah booked Opera Singer Yuri booked for Surprise Virtual 50th Birthday
Yuri worked with me to create a wonderful programme for a surprise online 50th birthday recital. He was so helpful in advance and a delight on the evening. The audience loved his performance. It was a very special night, Thank you. (28th January 2021)
Nardea booked Violinist Naomi booked for wife’s virtual 26th birthday
Booked Naomi to perform over zoom for my wife’s 26th birthday. With it being lockdown in Scotland and not having many options, I thought it would be a lovely surprise for her to have a talented musician play a few of her favourite songs.
I gave Naomi a list of a few special songs that she could play for us and without complaint or hesitation she was more than happy to play them for us.
From the moment I made contact to the day of the performance everything was just perfection.
My wife loved it as did I, she is still buzzing that Noami played all her favourite songs on violin. Cannot recommend Naomi highly enough. She played beautifully. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. Utterly splendid. Perfection. Thankyou from us both! (21st January 2021)
Featured musician: Joncan Kavlakoglu
Joncan is an incredibly talented guitar player – he was recently selected to perform for a Zoom event for Google and he’s a certified expert in live streaming so you know you’ll have a quality stream (we even got him to write our guide to live-streaming!).
3. Personalised Music Messages (best gift idea)
Personalised music messages as bespoke videos created by a musician of your choice that you can send to a loved one. You choose the song and any lyrics you’d like personalised, your musician records it and sends you the recording to enjoy!
This is particularly popular for birthdays and anniversaries!
Recommendation: Sam Burkey
With his charming charisma and powerful vocals, it’s easy to see why Sam has become one of the most popular choices for customers looking to send personalised music messages. Watch the video below to see why people book him again and again!
4. In-person serenade (best for local bookings)
It can be tough holding events during lockdown. When government guidelines allow we can still meet your friends outside though – or you could even get a musician to say hi to them for you!
Send a musician to your colleague’s door to perform a socially-distanced serenade. The perfect way to send a heartfelt message during lockdown!
Recommendation: Thom MUSIC
One of the most popular musicians on Encore before the pandemic, Thom now offers a doorstep serenade service – guaranteed to brighten up anyone’s day!
5. Virtual Award Ceremony Band Package (best for premium corporate events)
If you’re hosting a large event like an online award ceremony for your company, you might need something more to impress your guests.
With this package you not only get an outstanding musician, but also a DJ who’ll help MC the event and keep the atmosphere pumping right until the ‘End call’ button is clicked.
The only necessary break out rooms will be for people breaking out into spontaneous dance!
Recommendation: All the Feels
All the Feels are a premium DJ collective who have adapted to the pandemic by specialising in high octane virtual DJ sets with an accompanying musician/MC. Event planner Alice B’s review of them speaks for itself:
As an event manager, All The Feels Collective are an absolute dream to work with. They’re the only band I’ve ever used where ALL guests have been on their feet the entire night. Simon is such a professional which makes working with him so hassle-free. All of the band are cool, fun, stylish and extremely talented. Honestly cannot recommend highly enough.
So there you have it! A complete guide to every possible musical entertainment you could need for your virtual parties, conferences, and shindigs.
If you’re ready to book a musician, head to our Virtual Experiences page where you can browse our available musicians and view prices.