Links to 500 classical music sites

Started by Mark, October 06, 2007, 03:58:53 PM

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Thought this lot might come in handy for some of us here. It's broken down into 15 sections, thus:

Concert halls and other venues
Festivals and concert series
General classical music sites
Genres of classical music
Magazines devoted to classical music
Music schools
Orchestras and other ensembles
Organizations promoting classical music
Performers of classical music
Publishers of classical music
Radio stations broadcasting classical music - available online
Record labels for classical music
Reference sources for classical music

Enjoy. :)

Composers of classical music

Adams, John:

Alwyn, William:

Bach, Johann Sebastian (includes database of works):

Bach cantatas:

Beethoven, Ludwig van:

Beethoven, Ludwig van:

Beethoven Piano Society of Europe(providing a forum for the greater appreciation of Beethoven's piano music):

Brahms, Johannes:

Brian, Havergal:

The Britten Pears Foundation (site devoted to the legacy of Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears):

Chopin, Fryderyk (The Chopin Society, London):

Composers Classical Music (dates, birthplaces and principal compositions of 16,000 composers):


Elgar, Edward (The Elgar Society):

Finzi, Gerald (The Finzi Trust): Grainger, Percy (The Percy Grainger Society):

Glass, Philip:

Haydn, Joseph (The Haydn Society of Great Britain):

Hugill, Robert: Ives, Charles (Charles Ives Society):

Korngold, Erich:

Liszt, Franz (Instituto Liszt):

Liszt, Franz (The American Liszt Society):

Machaut, Guillaume de (International Machaut Society):

Maxwell Davies, Peter:

McCabe, John:

Moeran, E.J:

Mozart Foundation:

Mozart Project, The (life, times, music):

Salzburg Mozarteum (scores of Mozart's works online for free):

Offenbach, Jacques (The Jacques Offenbach Society):

Prokofiev, Serge (The Serge Prokofiev Foundation):

Rachmaninoff, Sergei (The Rachmaninoff  Society):

Schoenberg, Arnold (The Arnold Schoenberg Centre):

Schubert, Franz (The Schubert Institute, UK):

Schubert, Franz (The Schubert Society of the USA):

Scriabin, Alexander (The Scriabin Society of America):

Shostakovich, Dmitry (The Centre Chostakovitch, Paris):

Shostakovich, Dmitry (The UK Shostakovich Society):

Stockhausen, Karlheinz:

Theodorakis, Mikis:

Vaughan Williams (The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society):

Villa-Lobos (site of the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janiero):

Wagner, Richard (The Wagner Society):

Wagner, Siegfried (International Siegfried Wagner Society):

Warlock , Peter (The Peter Warlock Society):

Weill, Kurt:

Wolpe, Stefan:

Concert halls and other classical music venues

Albert Hall, The Royal:

The Barbican Centre:

Florence, Teatro del Maggio Musicale:


The John F. Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts (USA's largest performing arts centre):

La Scala Milan:

Royal Albert Hall: http:

Royal Festival Hall (+ Queen Elizabeth Hall & The Purcell Room):

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:

Wigmore Hall:

Festivals and classical music concert series

Australian Festival of Chamber Music:

Bath Festival:

Bayreuth Festival:

Brighton Festival:

British Arts Festivals Association (includes links to over 100 arts festivals):

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival:

Chamber Music Northwest Festival (Portland, USA):

Cheltenham International Festival of Music:

English Heritage (Music on a Summer Evening concerts):

Gaudeamus Music Week ( Netherlands):

Glyndebourne Festival:

Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival:

Hampton Court Palace Festival:

Henley Festival:

London Handel Festival:

Longborough Festival Opera:

Malboro Music School & Festival:

Music in the Mountains (Durango, Colorado)

Newbury Spring Festival:

Ottowa Chamber Music Festival:

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival:

Savonlinna Opera Festival (Finland's main festival):

Seattle Summer & Winter Festivals:

Sitka Summer Music Festival (Anchorage, Alaska):

General classical music sites

AllMusic (classical section gives overall introduction and recommended discs):

Andante (news, magazine, reference and archives):

Cadenza (information and links):

ClassicalLink (samples of every track from 23 independent labels and 5,000+ reviews):

Classical London (monthly international classical music e-mail newsletter):

The Classical Music Navigator (information on composers):

ClassicalNet (general introduction, guide to composers' works, recommended recordings):

Classical Notes (reviews, articles & commentary):

Classics Today (US online magazine, reviews, recommendations):

Concert Finder (searchable site for classical music concerts in the UK):

Classical Source (concert and CD reviews):

Essential Music (introduction to music site supported by Sony):

Global Music Network (arts site with classical music news & information):

LondonNet (guide to classical music performance in London):

Musica (guide to building a classical library):

Music & Vision (the world's first daily online music magazine):

Music At School (site for young music students):

Music Web International (CD reviews and music information):

OBKB (comprehensive lists of recommended recordings):

Online Classics (classical music information site with extensive downloads):

Opus 1 Classical (international guide to classical music performance):

The Quotations Page (music quotations):


Genres of classical music and national schools

American Music Centre (site for new American music):

Australian Music centre (site devoted contemporary Australian music):

Austrian Music Centre:

Baroque Cantata, The:

Baroque Music:

Baroque Music (composers and instruments):

Belgian Music Information Centre:

British Classical Music (20/21st Century British Classical Music):

British Music Information Centre (site devoted to contemporary music):

The British Music Society (site dedicated to lesser known British composers):

Canadian Music Centre:

Chamber Music of America:

The Contemporary Music Centre (Ireland):

Danish Music Information Centre:

Early Music Institute (Indiana University):

Early Music Network (Arts Council funded organisation promoting Early Music in the UK):

Early Music News:

Finnish Music Information Centre:

German Music Information Centre:

Gerontius (site devoted to choirs and choral music):

Gopera (opera info with links to opera houses etc.):

Gregorian Association (promoting the study and practice of plainsong):

Historic Opera:

Hungarian Music Information Centre:

Medieval Music & Arts Foundation:

New Music Box (online magazine for contemporary American music):

New Zealand Music, Centre for:

Norwegian Music Information Centre:

Operabase (comprehensive opera information site):

Opera America (promoting opera in North America):

Operaphile (message board and links):

Opera Glass (comprehensive opera site):

Operissimo Concertissimo (world's most complete opera and concert database):

St. Michael Association, Stroncone, Italy (medieval sacred music):

Schola Antiqua (the study and performance of early medieval liturgical music):

Slovakian Music Centre:

Swedish Music Information Centre:

Una Voce (site devoted to Gregorian chant and the Latin mass):



American Musical Instrument Society (promoting the study of the history and use of all musical instruments):

Automatic musical instruments (The Musical Museum, London):

Bassoon & oboe (International Double Reed Society):

Brass (Historic Brass Societ):

Cello (music and instruction for all ages):

Clarinet (International Clarinet Association):

Double Bass (International Society of Bassists):

Guitar (The Guitar Foundation of America):

Harp (Historical Harp Society):

Harpsichord (British Harpsichord Society):

Lute (The Lute Society, UK):

Lute (The Lute Society of America):

Medieval & Renaissance Instruments (Musica Antiqua Guide):

Organ (The Incorporated Association of Organists, UK):

Organ, The (online magazine of the Royal Dutch Organists Association):

Organ (The Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America):

Organ, The (online magazine of the Royal Dutch Organists AssociatPercussion (The Percussive Arts Society):

Recorder (The Society of Recorder Players):

Trombone (International Trombone Association):

Trombone (Online Trombone Journal):

Trumpet (The International Trumpet Guild):

Viola & violin:

Viola (International Viola Society):

Viola (Viola da Gamba Society of Amercia):

Viola (Viola da Gamba Society of France):

Violin (Digital Violin):

Violin (The Violin Society of America):

Violin (music and instruction for all ages):



Magazines devoted to classical music

American Record Guide:

BBC Music Magazine:

Choir & Organ:

Classic FM Magazine:

Classic Record Collector:

Goldberg Magazine (Early and baroque music):

The Gramophone:

International Piano:

International Record Review:

La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene:

Musical Opinion:

Musical Times (UK's oldest music magazine):

Muso ('the magazine that re-writes the score'):

Opera magazine:

Piano Today:

The Strad (website of the magazine devoted to strings):


WholeNote (Canada):


Music schools

Carnegie Mellon School of Music:

Chetham's School of Music:

Cleveland Music School Settlement:

Guildhall School of Music & Drama:

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music:

International School of Music & Fine Arts, Prague:

Longy School of Music, Massachusetts: www.longy.ed

Manhattan School of Music:

Moores School of Music, Houston:

Royal Academy of Music:

Royal College of Music:

Royal Northern College of Music:

Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama:

Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama:

University of Alabama School of Music:

Yehudi Menuhin School:


Orchestras and other ensembles

Academy of Ancient Music:

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields:

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia:

Alexander String Quartet:

Allegri Quartet:

Amadeus Chorus & Orchestra:

Ambache, The (chamber orchestra and ensemble):

American String Quartet:

Arditti Quartet:

Australian Chamber Orchestra:

Australian String Quartet:

Bach Collegium Japan:

Baltimore Chamber Orchestra:

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra:

BBC National Orchestra of Wales:

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra:

BBC Symphony Orchestra:

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra:

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra:

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group:

Boston Classical Orchestra:

Boston Symphony Orchestra:

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra:

Brno Philharmonic Orchestra:

Brodsky Quartet:

Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra:

Chamber Orchestra of Europe:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

Chronos Quartet:

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra:

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra:

City of London Sinfonia:

Cleveland Orchestra:


Concentus Musicus Vienna:

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra:

Dallas Symphony Orchestra:

Detroit Symphony Orchestra:

Dorset Opera:

Edinburgh Quartet:

Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra:

Emerson String Quartet:

English Chamber Orchestra:

English National Opera:

Ensemble Intercontemporain:


Handel & Haydn Society (performing baroque and classical music for choir and period instruments):

Hanover Band:

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra:

Houston Symphony:

I Musici de Montreal:

Juilliard String Quartet:

Kodaly Quartet:

Kronos Quartet:

London Mozart Players:

London Philharmonic Orchestra:

London Sinfonietta:

London Soloists Chamber Orchestra:

London Symphony Orchestra:

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra:

Maggini Quartet:

Manchester Camerata:

Mendelssohn String Quartet:

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra:

Moscow Chamber Orchestra:

National Symphony Orchestra (USA):

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland:

New York Philharmonic:

New Zealand String Quartet:

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra:

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra:

OrchestraNET (listings for symphony, chamber and youth orchestras):

Orchestra of St. John's:

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment:

Orchestre de Paris:

Philadelphia Orchestra:

Philharmonia Orchestra:

Prague Chamber Orchestra:

Prague Symphony Orchestra:

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Concertgebouwworkest:

Royal Danish Orchestra:

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra:

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

Royal Scottish National Orchestra:

RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland:

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra:

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra:

St. Petersburg String Quartet:

San Francisco Symphony:

Scottish Chamber Orchestra:

Scottish Opera:

Seattle Symphony Orchestra:

Shanghai Quartet:

Sidney Symphony:

Sinfonia Viva (previously the East of England Orchestra):

Smith Quartet:

Takacs Quartet:

Tokyo String Quartet:

Ulster Orchestra:

Vienna Philharmonic:

Welsh National Opera:

Organisations promoting classical music

American Guild of Organists:

Dvorak Society, The (promoting Czech and Slovak composers and performers):

Film Music Society (promoting film and TV music):

Incorporated Society of Musicians (UK):

International Computer Music Association:

Internet Cello society:

London String Quartet Foundation (developing talent and audiences for the string quartet):

National Association of Composers USA:

National Association of Youth Orchestras (UK):

Society for American Music:

Society for Music Theory (encouraging the development and dissemination of music theory):

Van Cliburn Foundation (promoting classical music and performers around the world):

Voices (music education charity working with primary schools):

Performers of classical music

Argerich, Martha:

Barbirolli, John (The Barbirolli Society):

Bernstein, Leonard:

Callas, Maria:

Casals, Pablo:

Carreras, Jose:

Caruso, Enrico:

Domingo, Placido:

Du Pre, Jacqueline:

Furtwangler, Wilhelm (The Wilhelm Furtwangler Society of America):

Fischer-Dieskau, Dietrich:

Gould, Glen:

Hogwood, Christopher:

Jarvi, Neeme:

Jarvi, Paavo:

Karajan, Herbert von:

Kirkby, Emma:

Kleiber, Carlos:

Kubelik, Rafael:

Melchior, Lauritz:

Ma, Yo-yo:

Mae, Vanessa:

Mutter, Anne-Sophie:

Norman, Jessye:

Normandy, Eugene:

Pavarotti, Luciano:

Partridge, Ian:

Richter, Sviatoslav:

Stade, Frederica von:

Stokowski, Leopold:

Stott, Kathryn:

Toscanini, Arturo:

Uchida, Mitsuko:

Wild, Earl:

Publishers and retailers of classical sheet music and books on music

Amadeus Press (books on music and opera):

Boosey & Hawkes:

Music Room (retailers of sheet music and songbooks):

Music-Scores (sheet music to download free):

Saraband Music (Australian publisher of Early Music):

G. Schirmer Inc (US music publisher):

Sheet Music Archive (free public domain music):

Virtual Sheet Music (sheet music downloads):

Radio stations devoted to classical music (available on-line)

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):

Bavarian Radio (Bayerischer Rundfunk):

BBC Radio 3:

Classical KCSC (Oklahoma's 24-hour classical music station):

Classic fm (UK):

KDFC (San Francisco Bay area 24-hour classical music station):

Klassic Radio Live (Germany):

Operaradio (10 channels of continuous music):

Swiss Classic Radio:

XLNC (broadcasting to the San Diego/Tijuana region of California):

WBGH Classical (classical music station based in New England, USA):

Record labels for classical music

ABC Classics (Australian label):

Alba (Finnish label): www.alba-records.f

Alice (Swedish label):

Altara (small UK label promoting young artists):



Arion (French label):

Arte Nova:

Astree Naive:


Atma (French label):

BIS (Swedish label):

Black Box:

BMG Classics (including RCA & other labels):

Boheme (new and archive Russian recordings):

Bongiovanni (Italian label concentrating on rare Italian, French & English music):

Boston Records (American label devoted to leading orchestral players):

Brewhouse Music (independent English label):

Brioso Recordings (Canadian label):

Brodsky Records (the label of the Brodsky Quartet):

Cala Records:


CBC Records (label of the Canadian Broadcasting corporation):

Chamber Orchestra of Europe (orchestra's own label):


Channel Classics:

Claves (Swiss label):

Channel Classics:

Col-Legno (Austrian label devoted to contemporary music):



Crystal Records (US label):

Dacapo (Danish label):



Deutsche Grammophon:

Dorian (US label):

Dutton Laboratories (re-issues of classic recordings):

Dynamic (independent Italian label):

ECM (German label specializing in new music):


Fleur de Son Classics (small US label owned by classical guitarists Joanne Castellani and Michael Andriaccio):

Gaudeamus (early music label):

Gimmell (label devoted to the Tallis Scholars):

Glossa (Spanish label):

Guild Music (Swiss label):

Halle (the label of the Halle Orchestra):

Hanssler Classic:

Harmonia Mundi:


Helicon Records/Kleos:

Hungaraton (Hungarian label):


Ivory Classics (US label devoted to piano recordings):

Koch International:

La Ma de Guido (label devoted to Spanish & Catalan composers):

Lammas Records (English label devoted to choral and organ music):

Les Arts Florissants:

Linn Records:

Live Classics (live concert recordings):

Living Era (original recordings of the stars of the 1920s-1950s):

LSO Live (label devoted to live London Symphony Orchestra performances):

Marco Polo:

Marston Records (label mainly devoted to opera re-releases):

Metier (label devoted to contemporary compositions):

Metronome (small English label, mainly early music):

Music & Arts (independent US classical & jazz label):


Naxos (Naxos & Marco Polo labels):

New Albion (contemporary music):

New Music Box (web magazine of the American Music Center):

New York Philharmonic:

Nimbus Records:

Nightingale Classics (Austrian label, mainly opera and vocal):

Olympia (label specializing in Russian music):

Ondine (Finnish label):

Opera Rara (label dedicated to reviving little known 19th C operas):

Parnassus Records (re-issues of rare historic recordings):

Patria Productions (US label specializing in piano music):

Pavilion Records (site covering Pearl, Flapper, Topaz & Opal labels):

Pierre Verany (French label):

Philips Classics:

Preiser Records (Austrian label):

Priory Records (label devoted to choral & organ music):

Resonance (new budget label):

Sanctuary Classics:

Sony Classical:

Supraphon (Czech label):

Tacet (Small German label specializing in technically advanced recordings):

Tahra (French label specializing re-issues of rare recordings):



Timpani Records (small French label):

Universal Classics (site for group which includes DG, Decca & Philips):

Warner (including Erato, Teldec & other labels):

Virgin Classics:


Walsingham Classics (Australian label devoted to native performers and repertoire):

Wigmore Hall Live:

Reference sources for classical music

Classical Composers Archive (biographies):

Classical Composers Database:

Good Music Guide (guide to music on CD):

Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians:

MUSIClassical (day-by-day chronicle of music history events):

SearchMuze (definitive guide to music released in the UK):

Wikipedia (details of composers by era):



Thanks so much for your list!  I really appreciate it.




Extraordinary list, Mark! Thank you so much - an invaluable resource.

Rice University Shepherd School of Music -
The Joachim Raff Society  ;D -


Quote from: brianrein on October 06, 2007, 08:36:31 PM

Extraordinary list, Mark! Thank you so much - an invaluable resource.

Rice University Shepherd School of Music -
The Joachim Raff Society  ;D -

Indeed Mark!!

A sleepless night?  :-\


Don't get too excited: I nicked the lot wholesale from another site which I know isn't frequented by most people here - ;)

Justin Ignaz Franz Bieber

"I am, therefore I think." -- Nietzsche


The Brahms link doesn't function .......  >:(


Quote from: Mark on October 07, 2007, 07:32:46 AM
Don't get too excited: I nicked the lot wholesale from another site which I know isn't frequented by most people here - ;)

It's a good thing that you copied only a tiny chunk of that webpage, because I noticed this on the left margin:

Copyright © 2007
The Classical CD Exchange


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Quote from: D Minor on October 07, 2007, 08:25:03 AM
It's a good thing that you copied only a tiny chunk of that webpage, because I noticed this on the left margin:

Copyright © 2007
The Classical CD Exchange

Oh dear. Looks like a life in jail for me, then. ::) ;D


Quote from: Mark on October 07, 2007, 08:53:04 AM
Oh dear. Looks like a life in jail for me, then. ::) ;D

a 500 site list...and I thought you are adopting to minimalism...cutting out the signature and now avatar and all...

good job Mark, thanks so much.

mc ukrneal

Be kind to your fellow posters!!

mc ukrneal

Quote from: jlaurson on July 04, 2012, 02:12:46 AM

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Shame your article is grayed out, but this was my favorite quote from the previous article: "And they want to work with me because I'm also fabulous." So modest and humble!!
Be kind to your fellow posters!!


Quote from: mc ukrneal on July 04, 2012, 02:35:50 AM
...this was my favorite quote from the previous article: "And they want to work with me because I'm also fabulous." So modest and humble!!

What a wonderfully wacky whirlwind interview. Hadn't read it until now, because I haven't yet received a hard copy...


These are all helpful sites. Thank you for sharing this :)

I made an article about the whole note, hope you can tell me what you think:)


And a good one for all of us needing to dispose of our CDs: