Free classical music in London

Forget shelling out for pricey festivals and arena tours, some of the capital's best concerts don't cost a penny

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London's many classical music venues regularly offer free concerts or performances where a small donation is required. Discover free classical concerts, opera and more with our regularly updated guide.



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31 comments
chris
chris

it is tragic what happened to Time Out. And farcical: why bother putting up a website that doesn't deliver? Content doesn't write itself - what happened to the writers who used to do such a brilliant job when TO was still a paper? as I am forced to select a 'star' above, all I can say here is that TO in its current format doesn't deserve a single one.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

Jean Hill
Jean Hill

Very disappointing. I can't believe there are just no free lunchtime concerts next week.

gj
gj

where's the list of what's on?

Av
Av

Rubbish information, and it's not free when you have to buy a ticket!

oriole
oriole

I struggle to find free classical events, no logic in the set up of this website, I`m very disappointed.

cda
cda

I so miss the old Time Out. Listings here are almost useless and frustrating to navigate through.

PCL
PCL

Time Out has bombed. This site is useless. I was looking for lunch-time classical concerts but to little avail. The old website and magazine used to have everything I wanted to know. That's all gone. I used to subscribe to the magazine in its previous format. What we have now is a shadow of its former self. Incidentally, I discover from another website today that St Luke's Old Street has an excellent piano recital at lunch-time. Nowhere to be found on Time Out. A sorry state of affairs.

pri
pri

rubbish new site! pointless. what was the point. nobody wanted it to change. difficult to understand and use. bring back the old site now!!!!

Christian Wainwright
Christian Wainwright

Another useless and unnecessarily discombobulated load......Time Out mag. of old was miles better than this soup of non information.....bring back the old Time Out Magazine on the shelves and leave that freebie imposter where it belongs...on the tube station floor.

chris purchase
chris purchase

another lost soul, blundering around the site, desperately searching the classical music listings... and failing

Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews

I can't find any free classical music listings. Old website was so much better - bring it back! This is excrement. Absolutely trash.

Robert Stevens
Robert Stevens

New website so much harder to use than the old. I cant find the info im after at all. A shame.

Dave Currie
Dave Currie

Really poor. I was looking up classical music events for 'today' . There were 347 listed I went through nearly 100 and had yet to find one listing which had an event today.

Claire JM
Claire JM

I enjoyed the old print copy of Time Out. I don't get the free copy of Time Out because I don't live in London and only visit the capital occasionally. Navigating through the online edition is tricky and finding the classical music section was almost impossible with lots of false leads. It's all a bit clunky. Flipping though a magazine I often came across unexpected gems that I wouldn't have seen without a paper copy. I am disappointed.

Elizabeth Ainslie
Elizabeth Ainslie

PLEASE bring back the real magazine! We are frequent visitors from the US, who love London and all there is to see and do here, but we have no regular computer access in London. We now see much less than we used to, because of the difficulty of finding a free WiFi location and lugging our Kindle to it and negotiating this advertisement-filled website. I'd pay £20 for a simple hard copy for a week, full of listings by subject and date, with information about times and telephone numbers and nearest tube stop. Can't you at least make this option available to us at some price?

david lipsey
david lipsey

I used this site the whole time. Now you can find almost anything on it except what you want: listings of classical concerts. It was bad enough losing the magazine: this is an elaborate way of laughing at those who used to rely on you. David Lipsey The Lord Lipsey

R Waight
R Waight

This is useless. Can't find classical music or art. The site was great until a few weeks ago. Now it is absolutely impossible to find anything.

Christian
Christian

Is this site for real? utterly useless. Ever since Time Out became a tissue thin free rag , information on everything going on in London is not the only thing to hit the floor. I'd pay a fiver to have the old mag in my hand. A real bad move.......not even half a star.

kamila
kamila

I couldn`t find any information relating to classical music events, It takes much longer to find any information on free events.

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