We Recommend: Classical Music

Werther – Jules Massenet

Tue 17 Sept - Sat 5 Oct

Royal Opera House

Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s tragic opera explores the conflict between duty and our most passionate desires. Coming from the Opéra national de Paris, it is performed in London with brio at the Royal Opera House.

Classical Music

French Song Exchange Showcase

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Sept

Wigmore Hall

Join young singers from Wigmore Hall’s French Song Exchange (in partnership with the École Normale de Musique de Paris) for two showcase recitals, as they explore the wonderful traditions of the mélodie and delve into the music of Fauré.

Classical Music

Orléans International Piano Competition – Brin d’herbe

Thu 26 Sept

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

For its 8th edition, the Orléans International Piano Competition proposes a contemporary music competition based on 3 pieces by British composer Christian Mason. Supported by Diaphonique, the junior piano competition ‘Brin d’herbe’ takes place every 2 years.

Classical Music

Brahms, Chopin & Debussy

Sun 6 Oct

Southbank Centre

This concert has something for every musical taste and features seven exceptional artists including Jess Gillam, Alice Sara Ott and Andreas Scholl who will play Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Piazzolla... The concert kicks off the 50 Years in a Day series.

Classical Music

Paris/London Back & Forth – a Bilingual Radio Show

Fri 11 - Sat 12 Oct

Alliance Française Theatre (Paris) / BBC Radio studios (London)

France Musique and BBC Radio 3 join forces to promote young talents on both sides of the Channel. A twinning in 2 sets of 2 hours, with Clément Rochefort and Katie Derham, live from Paris on 11 Oct and from London on 12 Oct.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music, Talks

Orchestra of the City

Fri 11 Oct

St James's Church

The Orchestra presents an all-French programme which includes Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Debussy and Milhaud and features 2018 BBC Young Musician woodwind champion Rob Burton (saxophone). The concert will take place in beautiful St James's Church Piccadilly.

Classical Music

Nash Ensemble – Stéphanie d’Oustrac

Sat 12 Oct

Wigmore Hall

The Nash Ensemble’s series Around Schubert opens with a programme including two of Schubert’s chamber music masterpieces.The outstanding French mezzo Stéphanie d’Oustrac sings some of Weber’s arrangements of Scottish folksongs and a group of Schubert songs.

Classical Music

Marielou Jacquard, Kunal Lahiry, Alex Rosen, Michał Biel

Fri 18 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Two duos present Schubert, Ravel, Fauré and Poulenc's mélodies and Lieder they have been working on during the year, under the guidance of masters such as Stéphane Degout. In co-production with Fondation Royaumont and Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Classical Music

Garnier, Oneto Bensaid, Lanièce, Louveau

Sun 20 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Two duos present Debussy, Massenet and Schumann's mélodies and Lieder they have been working on during the year, under the guidance of masters such as Véronique Gens. In co-production with Fondation Royaumont and Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Classical Music

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud

Mon 28 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexandre Tharaud present a programme of works including Debussy's Cello Sonata, Poulenc's Suite française and a selection from Marais’ 'Pieces de violes 3e livre' first published in 1711.

Classical Music

Anna Stéphany, Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Fri 1 Nov

Wigmore Hall

The place of the cello in Baroque repertoire – often used as an obbligato instrument as well as a soloist – provides the theme of a programme that blends the sacred and the profane, from Gabrielli to Vivaldi, with the celebrated mezzo taking the vocal line.

Classical Music

Weber’s Der Freischütz – Insula Orchestra

Mon 4 Nov

Barbican

French conductor Laurence Equilbey and her Insula Orchestra present a concert performance of Weber's gothic opera Der Freischütz that defined German Romanticism, with Stanislas de Barbeyrac as Max and Johanni van Oostrum as Agathe.

Classical Music

Cédric Tiberghien – Beethoven, Brahms and Schoenberg

Sat 9 Nov

Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien is a French pianist who has a strong relationship with the Wigmore Hall in London. This time he will pursue his Beethoven Variations cycle and perform several pieces by Brahms and Schoenberg.

Classical Music

Bertrand Chamayou – Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Chabrier

Mon 2 Dec

Wigmore Hall

French music, contemporary music and the music of Liszt are amongst the specialities of French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, who includes the dramatic and technically demanding Réminiscences de Don Juan S418, alongside a work by Wolfgang Rihm, written in 1975.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

A Baroque Odyssey – 40 Years of Les Arts Florissants

Sun 8 Dec

Barbican

Born out of a belief that Baroque music should make its audiences want to laugh, cry and dance, Les Arts Florissants celebrate their 40th birthday, powered by an unquenchably Gallic joie-de-vivre.

Classical Music

Lise de la Salle

Wed 11 Dec

Kings Place

French pianist and one of today's most exciting young artists, Lise de la Salle will show her gift for illuminating the classics while performing masterpieces by Mozart, Fauré, Bach and Chopin.

Classical Music

The Lock-In: La Boulangerie

Sat 14 Dec

Kings Place

Curated by Aurora Orchestra, each Lock-In takes the public on a journey of musical discovery across diverse genres and art forms. This one will consist in a night inspired by Nadia Boulanger’s salons which were a hub for creative minds in 20th-century Paris.

Classical Music

La traviata

Tue 17 Dec - Mon 23 Mar

Royal Opera House

Richard Eyre's naturalistic production of Verdi's traviata contrasts the superficial glamour of 19th-century Parisian high life with intimate scenes for the main characters.

Classical Music

Les Talens Lyriques – Christophe Rousset

Tue 17 Dec

Wigmore Hall

The famous ensemble dedicates his Christmas programme to Marc-Antoine Charpentier, one of the composers it has championed longest.

Classical Music

Orchestre National de Lille – French Landscapes

Wed 29 Jan

Cadogan Hall

The Orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Alexandre Bloch, promises to shine in this programme of evocative melodies from the very best of the French composers: Ravel and Debussy. American pianist Eric Lu will also perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.

Classical Music