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The website for lovers of classical music and recordings – information on courses, musical tours, books, CDs and links.

About Rick Phillips

For 14 years, Rick Phillips was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE®, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio Two every weekend. Rick was affiliated with CBC Radio for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto in a career that spanned production to on-air to management.

As well as broadcasting and webcasting, he is also a busy freelance writer and reviewer, lecturer, panel moderator, consultant, musical tour guide, artistic director and concert host. He’s often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, and is the author of “The Essential Classical Recordings – 101 CDs” published by McClelland & Stewart. He leads a variety of Music History & Appreciation courses at the University of Toronto, York University and other venues. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

NEW! 2017-2018 Pre-Concert Talks at Koerner Hall, RCM

More Courses, Series, Lectures & Talks

As well as broadcasting, for 30 years, Rick has also been very active in the adult/continuing education field of classical music. He’s presented courses at the McGill Conservatory of Music, Alberta College, Mount Royal College, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto and York University to mention a few. Rick also presents many pre-concert talks, illuminating and enhancing the concert experience for patrons of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and other Toronto-based classical music organizations.

Click on titles below for more details & info:

NEW! Koerner Hall - Pre-Concert Talks - 2017 - 2018

Royal Conservatory of Music - Music Appreciation Classes - WINTER / SPRING 2018

Women’s Art Association - WINTER / SPRING 2018



To purchase a copy of Rick Phillip’s book The Essential Classical Recordings, please send an inquiry to:

Book $28 incl. HST

E-book also available:
Kobo | Amazon/Kindle | Google books

Musical Tours

SOUND ADVICE® Music Tours with Vision Travel


Mozart Week Festival: Jan 26 - Feb 4, 2018


2. LEIPZIG - JUNE 2018

International Bach Fest: June 8 - 18, 2018


Worldwide Quest Travel tours

MUSIC IN the Baltic region - Spring 2018

April 26 - May 7, 2018 SOLD OUT!