Free classical music concerts

Classical music fans will find plenty of ways to enjoy free concerts and events in Paris.

Concerts in churches

Eglise de la Madeleine, Paris © Thinkstock

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.

Young talent!

Clavier de piano et violon © Marc Chapelat - Fotolia

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

Le Petit Palais, Paris © OTCP - David Lefranc

Some associations also organize free concerts: for example, Jeunes Talents puts on a series of concerts in exceptional venues such as the Archives nationales and the Petit Palais

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

Don’t forget that many other music events are also entirely free of cost, like Opéra côté Cour: an open-air opera festival at Bercy Village in June.

Useful tip: Seniors (+ 55 yrs) are entitled to free tickets available from the ‘Centres d’action sociale’ in the city.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris et son trésor

Place of worship
6 parvis Notre-Dame - Place Jean-Paul II, Paris, 75004

The Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is the most visited monument in France. It was built......

Paroisse Saint-Roch

Place of worship
24 rue Saint-Roch, Paris, 75001

Saint Roch Church was built between 1653 and 1754. Diderot, Corneille and Le Nôtre were buried in this church, which has the......

Église réformée de l'Oratoire du Louvre

Place of worship
145 rue Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75001

Service: Sundays at 10:30am Weekdays: 7pm every second Monday of the month This is a former Catholic church. It represents the......

Église Saint-Eustache

Place of worship
146 rue Rambuteau, Paris, 75001

The Eglise Saint-Eustache in the heart of Les Halles is one of the most visited churches in Paris. It is known for its unusually......

Paroisse de la Trinité

Place of worship
1 place d'Estienne-d'Orves, Paris, 75009

The architect Théodore Ballu, to whom we owe the reconstruction of the Hôtel de Ville (Paris City Hall), built La Trinité between......

Église de la Madeleine

Place of worship
Place de la Madeleine, Paris, 75008

The Eglise de la Madeleine is situated between Place de la Concorde and the Palais Garnier opera house, in Haussmannian Paris.......

Musée des Archives Nationales - Hôtel de Soubise

Hôtels de Soubise et de Rohan - 60 rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris, 75003

Hôtel de Soubise is one of the finest private mansions in the Marais district, with reception rooms decorated by Germain Boffrand......

Maison de la Radio

Concert hall
116 avenue du Président Kennedy, Paris, 75016

An iconic venue since the 1960s, the Maison de la Radio is a highly famous building with a strong image. Located on the edge of......