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France Musique has established itself as the premier Francophone media outlet dedicated primarily to classical music, offering seven online radio stations, a phone app, and, since December 2017, a catalogue of more than 1,600 audio and visual concerts available to stream worldwide. Today, it launches its English-language site!

London Director, Olivia Brown, says: “There are a number of reasons why we are so delighted to be working with Radio France’s France Musique to promote this project, though first and foremost to share this content-rich platform worldwide. Radio stations have obviously been focusing on digital content to complement their stations more and more in the past few years, and this new platform not only demonstrates how Radio France is providing its current audiences in France with new, accessible, and informative content, but also welcoming an international audience to enjoy its platform too. Our company expansion to Paris in the next year only adds to the excitement of this project and we hope you enjoy exploring and learning!”

The main purpose of the new site is to share free access to a wide catalogue of music, and invite audiences to ‘listen from beyond the borders’. Its seven themed radio stations include ‘Easy Classical’, ‘Classical Extra’, ‘Jazz’, ‘Radio France Concerts’, Radio France’s own record label ‘Ocora World Music’, ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Film Music’.

Offering both Musical Knowledge and Practical Knowledge, the platform hosts a wide and growing variety of articles on the history of classical and jazz music, the chance to learn more about the context of different works, biographies of composers and musicians, curated playlists, and accessible content so anyone and everyone can learn and discover, whilst also having fun!

The Live Concerts section offers an ever-expanding catalogue of audio-visual concerts, accessible for free. As for the Studio Sessions, these allow access to unique sessions recorded at France Musique with both rising stars and established artists.

The database includes performances by France’s top ensembles, including the National Orchestra of France, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, and the Choir and Children’s Choir of Radio France, putting you right on the front row.

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(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: First Nation composer releases debut album, mysteries behind the Sydney Opera House revealed, Sony to share net profits with artists from Spotify sale, the Radio France Choir celebrates it’s 70th anniversary, Zubin Mehta has to cancel more concerts, and Spanish protests circle around a fusion of two theatres.

Classic FM

Anna Netrebko: ‘nobody will ever force you to do anything if you don’t want’

The leading soprano has expressed doubts about reports of sexual assault in the classical music industry.

Broadway World

First Nation Composer Jeremy Dutcher Shares New Album on Billboard

Jeremy Dutcher is a composer, classically trained operatic tenor, and member of indigenous community, Tobique First Nation, who just released his debut album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Our Maliseet Songs).

The Sydney Morning Herald 

Inspirations behind the design for the Sydney Opera House to be revealed  

Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik officially opens the centenary celebrations of Utzon including an exhibition, which will explain his inspirations, and help sort out much of the mythology and misunderstanding over Sydney’s most famous building.

Music Business Worldwide

How much will artists get paid from the major labels’ Spotify profits?

A spokesperson for Sony claimed the firm would ‘share with their artists and distributed labels any net gain they may realize from a sale of Sony Music’s equity stake in Spotify’


Orchestra performs iconic tracks from the Ed Banger Catalogue

Rather than commemorate their 15-year anniversary with a line-up of electronic music superstars, the imprint commissioned a 70-piece concert orchestra to play beloved tracks from the Ed Banger catalogue.


ABC Classic FM appoints new Content Manager

Toby Chadd has been appointed as the new Content Manager for ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz, ABC’s Head of Music Chris Scaddan announced in an email to staff today.


Vielfältige Lernprozesse in Gang gesetzt

„Kultur macht stark. Bündnisse für Bildung“: Unter diesem Titel startete das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) im Jahr 2013 ein großangelegtes kulturpolitisches Programm.


Zubin Mehta sagt weitere Konzerte ab

Zubin Mehta kann « aus gesundheitlichen Gründen » mehrere geplante Konzerte mit den Wiener Philharmonikern nicht wahrnehmen.

Wirbel um tschechische Nationalhymne

Das tschechische Olympia-Komitee hat sich für die Überarbeitung der Landeshymne ausgesprochen.

Codex Flores

Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg für Bernd Konrad

Der zum vierten Mal in der Kategorie Sonderpreis für das Lebenswerk vergebene und mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Landesjazzpreis Baden-Württemberg geht an den Saxofonisten, Klarinettisten und Komponisten Professor Bernd Konrad.

Le Figaro

Tous en chœur à Radio France

Radio France célèbre les 70 ans de son chœur symphonique par un grand week-end.

El Mundo

Los partidos de la oposición, frente a la fusión del Teatro Real con la Zarzuela: o “más información” o “parar el proyecto”

Los trabajadores del Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (INAEM) iniciaron este jueves los paros en protesta contra el proyecto de fusión entre el Teatro Real y el Teatro de la Zarzuela.



Jeremy Butcher © Matt Barnes


(Written on April 6, 2018 )

In today’s news: Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Also, the Berlin Philharmonic to form an amateur orchestra, tenor Bruce Rankin is dead and artists are getting attacked more often as Unesco reports.

The Times

MBE for paralysed violinist Rosemary Johnson who uses brainwaves to play

A violinist formerly with the Welsh National Opera, who uses brain wave technology to perform despite being paralysed, was awarded an MBE for services to music yesterday.

The Telegraph

Bah Humbug! Why Christmas is ruined by its music

When Dr Seuss wrote his popular tale about how the Grinch stole Christmas, he glossed over the lead character’s backstory. Why did he grow up to be so mean? What exactly happened in his early childhood to make him hate the most wonderful time of the year? Why was he particularly triggered by the yuletide singing of his cheerful neighbours, the Whos?

Classical Music

Alison Balsom appointed as artistic director of Cheltenham Music Festival

The appointment was evidence of its continued commitment to making the arts accessible to new audiences, in particular young people.

Highlights of Aldeburgh Festival 2018 announced

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival, which will take place 8-24 June, will mark the event’s 70th anniversary, looking back to the year of its launch (1948) with a number of events.

Wales Online

Cardiff is going to be named the UK’s first ‘music city’

Cardiff Council have unveiled the pioneering plans


Alexander Liebreich named Chief Conductor of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra

The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra  announced that German conductor Alexander Liebreich, will become Chief Conductor and Artistic Director from September 2018.


Unesco: Künstler werden zunehmend attackiert

Musiker, Autoren und andere Künstler werden laut der UN-Kulturorganisation Unesco zunehmend angegriffen.

Musik Heute

Berliner Philharmoniker bilden Laienorchester

Die Berliner Philharmoniker laden Laienmusiker zum Mitspielen ein. Interessenten zwischen 9 und 99 Jahren bekommen die Chance, mit Mitgliedern des renommierten Klangkörpers und der Karajan-Akademie die 1. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms aufzuführen.


Tenor Bruce Rankin gestorben

Er starb am Montag im Alter von 65 Jahren. Der Tenor war ab 1998 Ensemblemitglied an der Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

france musique

Les musiciens de Radio France investissent les gares SNCF

Après la signature d’un partenariat entre Radio France et la SNCF, des musiciens de l’Orchestre national de France ont joué dans la gare de l’Est à Paris pour la première performance musicale d’une série à venir.

Twitter @klassikcom Gerichtsentscheidung: Kündigung des Rostocker Theaterintendanten Sewan unbegründet

Classical Music News @Classcialmusic More children than ever are learning to play music, report finds

Image: © Archiv Berliner Philharmoniker

(Written on December 15, 2017 )

In the News today: Michael Tilson Thomas Headed for the California hall of Fame, ICMA jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards, UK Government increases exceptional talent visa offer, TfL and Yamaha unveil Tube Pianos and Radio France to host the 4th edition of the International Conductor Competition Evgeny Svetlanov.

International Piano

TfL and Yamaha unveil Tube Pianos

A two-year project, named #Platform88 is underway where three pianos will be installed across the Tube network for passengers to play. The first instalment being placed at Tottenham Court Road station.

Classic FM

Bach on 20 cellos 

Cellist Margarita Balanas plays the famous Bourée from JS Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3 on 20 historic cellos

Classical Music

Government increases exceptional talent visa offer

Double the number of visas will be open to individuals who show promise in technology, science, art and creative industries.


How To Make It In The Music Business Today: Improvisation All The Way

Artists today need to know a lot more than they needed to know twenty years ago.

The New York Times

Has all of opera’s gold already been mined? John Adams thinks not.

Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman whose new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.

The Washington Post

Noseda’s travels with the NSO, from club to concert hall

New music director Gianandrea Noseda is continuing what amounts to his real inauguration with the National Symphony Orchestra. His program this week was supposed to represent a trip around Europe; but in fact, he led the orchestra around Washington.

San Franscisco Classical Voice

Michael Tilson Thomas Headed for the California Hall of Fame

Amid the much-publicized news of his scheduled stepping down from the music directorship of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas has been selected by California Governor Jerry Brown as an inductee to the California Hall of Fame.

Japan Times

Nintendo’s sound designer Hirozaku Tanaka and his 8-bit revolution

Chip Tanaka’s compositions: the music you didn’t realise you grew up with.


ICMA Jury nominates 357 releases for the 2018 awards

For the 2018 awards the Jury of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) has nominated 357 audio and video productions (321 in 2017, 364 in 2016) from 120 labels (119 in 2017, 115 in 2016).

Seville Orchestra goes culinary

In honor of Spanish mezzo soprano Teresa Berganza, the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla organizes a royal culinary gala with celebrity chef Kamilla Seidler and Spain’s best sommelier Nuria Espaaaon November 25 at the ballroom of the legendary Hotel Alfonso XIII in seville


Musikalische Grenzüberschreitungen

Ende November findet zum vierten Mal cresc… Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main statt. In diesem Jahr steht das Festival unter dem Motto „Transit“

Französisches Kulturministerium plant einschneidende Maßnahmen im Pariser Musikleben

Die unter dem Titel “Action Publique 2022” zusammengefassten Maßnahmen umfassen in Bezug auf das Musikleben unter anderem eine Fusion des Orchestre de Paris mit der Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris.

Musik Heute

Bregenzer Festspiele 2018 mit Erst- und Uraufführung

Die Bregenzer Festspiele werden im kommenden Jahr mit der Oper “Beatrice Cenci” von Berthold Goldschmidt eröffnet. Die österreichische Erstaufführung wird im Festspielhaus drei Mal gezeigt, teilten die Veranstalter am Donnerstag in Bregenz mit.

France musique

Radio France accueille la 4e édition du Concours de chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov

Partenaire de l’évènement, Radio France va accueillir la 4e édition du Concours international de chefs d’orchestre Evgeny Svetlanov.

Platea Magazin

La ciudad de Halle concede el Premio Haendel 2018 a la mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato

El evento tendrá lugar en mayo del año que viene, en un concierto de la propia artista, en el que presentará su último disco In war and peace, en Halle, acompañada de la agrupación Il Pomo d’Oro.


Heildelberger Frühling @hdfruehling: Starker Abgang! Unser Musikpreisträger 2017, Klaus Lauer, verabschiedete sich von den Badenweiler Musiktagen mit allen 16 Streichquartetten von an 5 Abenden, gespielt vom ! war für die dabei

Bayerische Staatsoper @bay_staatsoper: Nominations are open! Name your favourite artists for the



(Written on November 17, 2017 )

Classical New

The Telegraph

Handel was a genius

On the anniversary of the composer’s death, we look at the man that Britons took to their hearts.

The Strad

Violinist Frank Huang appointed New York Philharmonic concertmaster

The New York Philharmonic last week appointed Frank Huang as its new concertmaster from the 2015-16 season.


Bachmann, Sypniewski und Zolkos erhalten ‘Fritz-Gerber-Award’

Die Auszeichnung des diesjährigen ‘Fritz-Gerber-Award’ geht an die Schweizer Klarinettistin Mariella Bachmann, den französischen Geiger David Sypniewski und den polnischen Flötisten Rafal Zolkos.

Rostocker Bürgerschaft nimmt Kündigung von Intendant Latchinian zurück

Der fristlos entlassene Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, ist am Montag in einer Sondersitzung der Rostocker Bürgerschaft in sein Amt zurückberufen worden.

nmz – neue musikzeitung

Erfolg versprechend oder Spiel mit Feuer?

„Jugend musiziert“ ist Katalysator, Beschleuniger, ist Doping, „Jugend musiziert“ erschließt Energie, Motivation, Reserven, zusätzliche Förderung. „Jugend musiziert“ ist ein Spiel mit dem Feuer, kann wie Feuer Leben stiften oder zerstören.


Musikinstrumentenmarkt steigert Umsatzzahlen

Der Markt mit Musikinstrumenten und -equipment ist 2014 in Deutschland um 6,9 Prozent gewachsen.

Codex flores

NDR Sinfonieorchester entdeckt Videospiel-Musik

Den Klang der Klassik kennt das Gros der Jugendlichen bloss als Klangtapete von Hollywood-Blockbustern und Videospielen. Musik letzterer im Klassik-Gewand will das NDR Sinfonieorchester bieten – im Rahmen seines jungen Programms N-JOY.

Le Monde

Il se disait « déçu », dimanche soir 12 avril. Mais sa voix au téléphone indiquait bien plus que de la déception. Une vraie tristesse teintée d’amertume.


Chicagoland Chamber Orchestra Shuts Down After 20 Years

Decision to shut down the orchestra was “a personal one”.


George Frideric Handel Photo: © Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library / Alamy

George Frideric Handel
Photo: © Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library / Alamy

(Written on April 14, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

Two orchestras of Radio France should merge, recommends government body

The two Paris-based ensembles are Orchestre National de France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Francisco Garcia Fullana wins fifth Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, Japan

The Spanish violinist receives the two-year loan of a Stradivarius and a cash prize

BBC Music Magazine

Noriko Ogawa

We talk to the Japanese pianist about organising concerts for parents and carers of autistic children

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank Centre appoints Gillian Moore director of music

Gillian Moore, the Southbank Centre’s head of classical music, has been promoted to the new position of director of music with a brief to explore new projects.


Understudies: The worst job in opera?

Even if you paid him a small fortune, Christopher Gillett never, ever, wants to be an understudy again. Here he reveals the inside story of the boredom and the balls-ups of always being the bridesmaid…

Die Welt

“Tim Renner ist die Fehlbesetzung des Jahrzehnts!”

Wir haben Post. Von Claus Peymann: Der Intendant des Berliner Ensembles schreibt seinem Bürgermeister einen Offenen Brief. Darin beschwert er sich bitterlich über den amtierenden Kulturstaatssekretär.


Update im russischen Opernskandal: Boris Mesdritsch erhält Schützenhilfe aus St. Petersburg

Der Leiter des Kulturausschusses der Gesetzgebenden Versammlung von St. Petersburg, Maxim Reznik, und seine Stellvertreterin Marina Shishkin, haben Vize-Gouverneur Vladimir Kirillov aufgefordert, den von der Putin-Regierung entlassenen Nowosibirsker Operndirektor Boris Mesdritsch einen Posten in St. Petersburg anzubieten, vorzugsweise am Michailowski Theater.

Orchester von Radio France sollen fusionieren

Die beiden Orchester des staatlichen Rundfunks Radio France sollen zusammengelegt werden. Medienberichten zufolge empfiehlt der französische Rechnungshof aufgrund des strukturellen Defizits des Senders die Fusion des Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France mit dem Orchestre National de France.

Codex flores

Pappano bleibt bis 2019 in Rom 

Der Dirigent Antonio Pappano verlängert seinen Vertrag als Leiter des Römer Orchesters Accademia di Santa Cecilia bis 2019. Er steht dem Ensemble seit 2005 vor.

Le Figaro 

Les structures complexes des orchestres à l’étranger

Dans certains pays, les offices publics de radio ont déjà opté pour la fusion. D’autres ont choisi d’entretenir plusieurs orchestres.


ISM ‏@ISM_music : We’re working hard to get you the run down of #MakeMusicWork – before then, relive/catch up with our @storify feed! 

engage ‏@engagevisualart : We’ve had some great news from @CreativeScots – we’ve received funding for our brilliant @engagescotland programme! …

Wigmore Hall ‏@wigmore_hall : Standby for the lottery for tickets for our Twitter concerts and summer parties, will also DM invites to regular tweeps over week ahead ….

2nd April News

Soutbank Centre’s new director of music: Gillian Moore. Photograph: Classical Music Magazine



(Written on April 2, 2015 )

Classical News


Peter Oundjian: from injury to triumph

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra chief tells John Allison how, out of his failing skills as a violinist, he became one of the world’s top conductors

A shock resignation shows the chaos of Italian opera

Riccardo Muti’s departure from Rome Opera reveals opera is in deep trouble in the land of its birth, says Rupert Christiansen

Classic FM

André Rieu interviewed in his Maastricht castle

Classic FM were granted unprecedented access to André Rieu’s castle home in Maastricht, where he gave us a frank and intimate interview about his life, career and new album, Love In Venice.

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO Centre reopens after £1.8m refurbishment

The redeveloped CBSO Centre was officially reopened today by the CBSO’s patron, Prince Edward the Earl of Wessex, who had originally opened the building in 1998.

The Strad

Video: violinist Joshua Bell’s second Washington DC Metro performance draws large crowds

Unlike 2007’s anonymous busking experiment, the virtuoso this time announced his appearance in advance

Classical Source

Get Involved launches BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 2014-2015

Get Involved, the new home for family and learning events with the BBC London Performing Groups and BBC Proms, has launched the BBC Proms Inspire Scheme 2014 – 2015.

Musik – heute

Bundesjugendorchester nimmt neue Mitglieder auf

Das Bundesjugendorchester (BJO) hat 36 neue Mitglieder aufgenommen.

Frankreich in der Krise: Keine Fördergelder mehr für Les Arts Florissants

Ausgleich mit Spendengeldern geplant


Opern-Sanierung muss noch warten

Gutachten in der Prüfung

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera’s Credit Rating Is Under Review for Possible Downgrade

The gravity of the Metropolitan Opera’s financial challenges was underscored on Wednesday when Moody’s Investors Service said it was putting the opera company under review for a possible downgrade of its credit rating.


Interview with pianist Leon Fleisher

Born in San Francisco in 1928, Leon Fleisher’s influence and achievements have few comparables in the world of pianism and music.

Le Figaro

Les orchestres de Radio France ne sont plus sur la même longueur d’onde

Grève des musiciens, retrait du chef Mikko Franck. L’éviction du directeur artistique du

Philarmonique a mis le feu aux poudres à la maison ronde.


Royal Philharmonic: @rpoonline An Interview with Amanda Forsyth

Variety: @Variety #StarWars Darth Vader, Storm Troopers Crash Stage as @LAPhil Honors John Williams @klassikcom Renovierung der Deutschen Oper Berlin im Zeitplan  #Oper #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

Classic FM: @ClassicFM The times great composers did their thing for charity:  #MakeSomeNoise

Mathew Imaging

Mathew Imaging

(Written on October 2, 2014 )

What better way to enjoy the exquisiteness of Paris than listening to some fantastic music in beautiful places? As a French student on an internship in London, I thought it might be interesting to highlight some exciting classical events happening in Paris at the moment.

What? Festival classique au vert

Where? Parc Floral of Paris

When? From August 7th to September 26th (ticketing information)

Great musical rendezvous and charming Parisian summer: the festival Classique au Vert attracts an ever-increasing number drawn by the enchanting Parc Floral, quality and diversity of programming, and the attentive and friendly atmosphere of concerts and events.

By focusing specifically on the generation of 1810, the festival will celebrate the anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann, Mendelssohn and Liszt, but also their nearby contemporaries, Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms…

What? Festival Les solistes aux serres d’Auteuil

Where? Les serres d’Auteuil

When? From August 27th to September 12th (ticketing information)

This festival has, since 2000, supported young pianists, and celebrates Chopin and Schumann in 2010…

A variety of programming, original artists of international renown, and talented young musicians create a feast of music in 17 concerts.

What ? Le Vaisseau Fantôme

Where ? Opéra Bastille

When ? From September 9th to October, 9th (to purchase tickets)

Invaded by mists and spray, Le Vaisseau Fantome (aka The Flying Dutchman) is one of Wagner’s great masterpieces: an opera mixing legends and reality, and about impossibility of living and redemption. Featuring three great singers: James Morris, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Matti Salminen this is one not to miss!

What ? Weber, Wagner, Schumann

Where ? Theatre des Champs-Elysés

When ? September 16th (to purchase tickets)

All year long, Radio France organise classical concerts and operas throughout the world. In October, take the chance to see the Philarmornique Orchestra of Radio France in the beautiful théâtre of the Champs-Elysés with three great pieces from renowned composers : Weber, Wagner and Schumann.

(Written on September 1, 2010 )