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Classical music concerts in Paris

Our guide to the best classical concerts and venues in the capital


Catholic chants under Charlemagne, Gabriel Fauré's 'Requiem' premiered at La Madeleine, Olivier Messiaen playing birdsong on the organ of the Sainte-Trinité... France boasts one of the great classical music traditions in the world, and Paris has witnessed some of its most magical moments. Today, the classical music scene thrives in the form of scores of concerts and venues, running the gamut from sacred choral music in Medieval churches to contemporary performances in cutting-edge media centres. Read on for our guide to the best classical and opera to be found in the city.

Where to hear classical music


Music Music venues La Villette

The quintessential expression of youthful creative flair, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP)... Read more

Salle Pleyel

Music Music venues 8e arrondissement

Home to the Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre Philharmonique Radio France, the restored concert hall looks splendid... See more...


Eglise St-Roch

Things to do 1er arrondissement

Begun in the 1650s in what was then the heart of Paris, this long church was designed chiefly by Jacques Lemercier; work took so long... See more...

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