FRMS recommends the following links

Barbirolli Society
Dedicated to the music of Sir John Barbirolli. Contains biography, discography, and society journal articles.
BBC Radio 3
The prime source of Classical music and arts programmes on British radio. There is now no specific 'Radio 3' site; the link now takes you to the 'BBC Sounds' live player for Radio 3. Many of us still miss the old 'iPlayer Radio' app, but Sounds really isn't too bad now. Click on individual programmes for links to their previous episodes (but beware that some are available for a limited time only). Another useful place to go is the schedule for Radio 3.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Website about Beethoven
British Music Radio
Our mission is to broadcast British Classical Music because we believe in its quality and its value.

We aim to make available the heritage of the musical culture of the British Isles, and especially to promote discovery - and re-discovery. We also want to encourage young performers to feature this repertoire in their programming, and concert organisers to work with us to promote such music.

Classic FM
ClassicFM may not be the serious music-lover’s favourite venue but it has introduced more people to the delights of popular classical music than any other British radio station
Specialist in hard-to-find vintage and collectible music.

CRQ Editions

CRQ Editions is a specialist label that publishes unusual recordings, DVDs and discographies, all devoted to great musicians.

Dillington House

Let classical music fill your ears at Dillington House - a stunning concert venue nestled in the beautiful, yet accessible, South Somerset countryside.The theatre was created from the old coach house in 1962, before being completely rebuilt in 1993. It has excellent acoustics and sightlines, and is the perfect size for chamber music and other small-scale performances.
Divine Arts Recording Group
The spirit of music.

EM Records

EM Records is the recording arm of the English Music Festival and, as such, fulfils the EMF’s aims of celebrating and preserving overlooked works by British composers throughout the centuries, with a strong focus on the early twentieth century: the Golden Renaissance of English music. EM Records resolves to bring this glorious music to a world-wide audience by committing to recorded format some of the treasures that the EMF unearths, giving listeners the chance to experience the fullest possible range of the Festival's work. In keeping with the unique spirit of the Festival, each disc released by EM Records will contain at least one World Première recording.

English Music Festival

THE ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL celebrates Britain’s rich musical heritage by showcasing the brilliance, innovation and beauty of English music.

Granville Bantock Society


At April 2022 the Granville Bantock Society is not to be found on the internet, and so it is doubtful whether it still exists. The cell on the left has been updated to link to what purports to be a new website dedicated to the composer, 'coming soon'. At the moment, there is only a holding page.

Havergal Brian Society

A comprehensive information source on the life, music and writings of this great British composer. The Havergal Brian Society (HBS) is one of the most active of British composer societies, having sponsored many recordings of his works. These include four of orchestral music, the cantata The Vision of Cleopatra and Brian's fourth opera Faust on the Dutton label that have been conducted by the Society’s charismatic and highly-respected President, well-known British conductor Martyn Brabbins. The Society has also supported the release of a CD series of Brian symphonies on Naxos under the Society's Vice-President Alexander Walker and a series of issues of important past performances from the BBC Archive on the Heritage label.The Chairman of the HBS is always willing to give talks about Brian's life and works and may be contacted on Email

History in Opera Book

Simon Banks taught art history at the University of St Andrews and had a career in qualifications management with Cambridge Assessment.

Since 2019 his publications include articles in Opera magazine and programme notes for Wexford Festival Opera.

His book, 'Opera:The Autobiography of the Western World', explores the myth and history of the West through the prism of opera. It's received favourable reviews in 'Opera' and 'Opera Now' magazines.

Jussi Björling Appreciation Society (UK)

The British Jussi Björling Appreciation Society aims to keep the legacy of the great Swedish tenor alive.

The Lennox Berkeley Society

Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) was of partly French descent and studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, where he was influenced by Ravel and Poulenc and by the neo-classical style of Stravinsky. The 1940s and 1950s were his vintage years and during that time he composed many of his major orchestral and choral works. The Lennox Berkeley Society was formed in 2000 to promote and support recordings and performances of his music. The Society's website lists over 200 recordings of his works and gives details of performances and membership.

London Light Music

The London Light Music Meetings Group was formed in 2014 to continue to hold the meetings which were formerly organised by the Robert Farnon Society. It's a lively site, actively updated with news items, obituaries, book and CD reviews, and details of musical events.

Manchester Camerata

Manchester Camerata has been performing high quality chamber music to the people of Manchester, the North West of England and Cumbria for the best part of 30 years.

Camerata is committed to using the inspirational power of live music to transform lives and celebrates its unique position as a chamber orchestra to deliver this in the twenty first century in the concert hall, in schools across the region, through reecordings, and increasingly in cyberspace!

Creativity and energy are the hallmarks of Camerata’s work and reflect the spirit of its home city, Manchester, where the orchestra is in residence at The Bridgewater Hall and at the Royal Northern College of Music. It also performs regularly in Ulverston, Colne and Stafford, with major education projects in Chester.

Music courses on DVD and Streaming

A wide range of music (and other) courses is available on DVD, or to stream from their website, or to view in their mobile apps from 'The Great Courses' company in the USA.



Musical Glossary For Kids

A short list of musical terms, simply explained. Of particular value to the general reader is the very useful list of Additional Resources at the end of the page.


MusicWeb is the largest non-commercial classical music resource on the web, with over 58,000 reviews in its archive, including many from FRMS Treasurer Paul Corfield Godfrey.

They launched a completely new mobile-friendly website at the end of last year. This contains all new reviews and articles from December 2022 to date.

The archive of over 58,000 previous reviews and other articles remains available on the old site, (note the hyphen in the old site's URL).

Music Weekend Seminars
If you are looking for music weekends that are both stimulating and rewarding, held in peaceful, comfortable, congenial surroundings and reasonably priced, then you might like to consider contacting Professor Gerald Seaman for details on Email


Founded in 1987, Naxos was long a favourite for those of us with limited means. For years nearly all their CDs sold for £4.99, later £5.99. Even now, prices on Amazon vary, but are typically under £10.

The entire catalogue can be streamed from the Naxos Music Library, albeit at a fairly hefty subscription price. However you may be able to get it free via your local public library or other educational institution. Your website manager used to get it through Edinburgh City Libraries. But that doesn't work any more, probably a victim of the scandalous cuts to library funding.

Naxos Web Radio

Open Concerts and Recitals
Classified directory with Google maps of over 5,000 Websites - organizers, performers, venues - listing forthcoming classical music concerts and recitals in the UK. Includes many recorded music societies.
Opera Links
A series of very useful links provided by one of our readers in the USA

Opera Nostalgia

What is this site about?
Well, the name says it all. We will remember singers from the past but we will also note today’s operatic news and discuss future plans of interest.

Nostalgia items is what we mainly offer though ranging from reviews of cd’s, books, dvd’s, photos, singer profiles, discographies and much more dealing with legendary and not so legendary singers of yesteryear and yes, today as well.

However, the site is 'nostalgic' in another sense: it doesn't seem to have been updated for several years. Nevertheless, there is quite a lot to explore that is still of interest.

Orchestral Concert CDs

Recordings of live orchestral concerts mainly given by Eastern European Orchestras in the 1960's and 1970's made by recording engineer Geoffrey Terry.

Despite the many years that have passed, the quality of sound is equal to any recordings available. Terry made the recordings with a method he calls Certified Natural Sound Technique Recording (CNSTR), using only two microphones positioned above and to the front of the orchestra. This is said to yield a much more naturalistic sound, nearer to the experience in the concert hall than conventional multi-mic recording.

Presto Classical

This is a website that speaks your language, 'underpinned by an evident love of music and the world of recordings' (Gramophone Magazine). No other site selling classical CDs and DVDs is arranged in such a logical and accessible format. You can easily find lists of composers' works, compare different options, view recommendations and read reviews. We believe that you will find it to be one of the most user-friendly classical music sites on the internet.
Pristine Classical
There are hundreds of historic Classical music recordings on the Pristine Audio label, and they're all here to purchase as downloads or CDs. Pristine Audio has pioneered revolutionary new restoration techniques, which can be heard to fullest effect on our critically-acclaimed XR- remastered and Ambient Stereo recordings.
Robert Farnon Society
As composer, arranger and conductor, Canadian-born Farnon is recognised as a giant of British light music. The Robert Farnon Society is a haven for light music enthusiasts. Although its magazine, 'Journal Into Melody', issued its last printed edition in 2013 the society continues through its vibrant new website.
Roselyn's Music Studio
A musician's guide to music theory and education, including topics such as rhythm and meter, scales and key signatures, intervals, chords and diatonic chords, and chord progressions. You can also learn the basics of music theory such as measures and time signatures, staff, clefs and ledger lines, note duration and much more.
Rutland Boughton Trust
This site provides brief details about one of the most colourful English composers of the 20th Century. Recognised for the success of his opera, The Immortal Hour, and as founder and director of the original Glastonbury Festivals, you can find information about his life; a list of available approved commercial recordings and forthcoming known music events and projects which feature Rutland Boughton.

Online ckasses in playing instruments and musical theory.

Free trial for one month, after which you can subscribe to the premium package for about $13 per month. There are over 30,000 courses, covering many other subjects besides music: for example creative writing, film and video, graphic design, and web development.

A Unique New Sound. Since it was founded in 1995, the British independent CD label SOMM Recordings has captured everyone's imagination. Its aim is to share with you the joy of classical music and the delight of discovering fresh repertoire, performed by artists of talent and scholarship. SOMM receives frequent accolades worldwide from collectors, music lovers, critics and the media for recordings of quality, style and originality.
The Record Collector
The Journal for the collector of recordings of the great opera singers of the past. Now in its 73rd year of publication.

Testament Records

Testament specialises in reissuing classic recordings from what many call a golden age of recording from the 1950s through to the 1980s. They have issued vintage performances on CD and LP which would otherwise be unavailable. Examples are: a 1938 BBC broadcast of the Verdi Requiem conducted by Toscanini; and the complete 1955 Bayreuth Wagner Ring cycle conducted by Joseph Keilberth, with a stellar cast including Hans Hotter and Wolfgang Windgassen.
Toccata Classics
The label dedicated to producing recordings of the huge amount of top-notch classical music that the concert halls and major record companies are ignoring. We bring you revelations from the staggering quantity of good music that doesn't otherwise get heard, from Renaissance polyphony and Baroque cantatas via Romantic symphonies to composers once hidden behind the Iron Curtain.
U3A Music Groups
This interactive website aims to provide information and resources to U3A Classical Music buffs in the UK and kindred organisations abroad. We hope to share ideas, news and views, and to keep in touch with and discuss what's happening in the Music world

Vaughan Williams Society

About the RVW Society

Vaughan Williams is today being recognised as a truly international composer of stature and integrity. Hardly a musical genre has been untouched or failed to be enriched by his work, which includes nine symphonies, five operas, film music, ballet and stage music, several song cycles, church music, and works for chorus and orchestra.

As a Society, we encourage and support RVW-related concerts, seminars, films, recordings, publications, festivals and events both in the U.K. and abroad, as well as recordings of lesser-known works by the composer through our own recording label 'Albion Records'. We are a friendly Society and welcome new members, whether scholar or lay man.

William Alwyn Society
William Alwyn (1905 - 1985) was one of our finest composers with a wealth of repertoire from orchestral to film scores, ensemble to choral.

The site allows you to explore his world and find out more about the man, his music and some of his other talents such as his love of painting.


Entertaining and educational documentaries, courses, travelogues, tutorials, and more, on a subscripton basis. From the people behind 'The Great Courses'.

If you have an event you wish to promote try this site

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