Concerts in churches
Here’s a good reason to go to church: most Paris churches regularly host free concerts. Their unique acoustics and fine settings guarantee concert-goers an unforgettable experience.
The ‘Auditions du grand orgue’ at 8pm every Saturday at the Notre Dame Cathedral are a wonderful opportunity to hear organ music. TheÉglise Saint-Roch (1st arrondissement), the Oratoire du Louvre (1st arrondissement), the Église Saint-Eustache (1st arrondissement) and the Église de la Madeleine (8th arrondissement) also host free concerts. Then there are the ‘Concerts du jeudi’ every Thursday at the Église de la Trinité (9th arrondissement), with free coffee and sandwiches after the concert in the company of the musicians.
Another good way to enjoy a free concert is to go along to performances by students at music conservatories and schools. The École normale de musique de Paris regularly organizes such concerts at the Salle Cortot, the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris and the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris (CRR).
Informations here: Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris (CRR)
Concerts in exceptional places
Informations here: Jeunes Talents
For fans of electroacoustic music and new sounds, the Motus association organizes free concerts in various locations, including the town hall of the 2nd arrondissement.
Informations here: Motus association
Other free concerts
Town halls quite regularly host free concerts. The Midi-Concerts event, held at 1pm every Thursday at the 8th arrondissement town hall, has an eclectic programme of classical music, jazz, pop music, etc.
Informations here : la mairie du 8e arrondissement
The Maison de la Radio is still a reference for free concerts. There are events and public recordings open to the public for free. Tickets are available at the Maison ronde, as Radio France’s headquarters is commonly known – generally an hour before the start of the performance.
Informations here: Maison de la Radio
Useful tip: Seniors (+ 55 yrs) are entitled to free tickets available from the ‘Centres d’action sociale’ in the city.