Welcome to Sound Advice®

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.

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:

Women’s Art Association - Fall 2018

Royal Conservatory of Music - Music Appreciation Classes - FALL 2018 - WINTER 2019

Koerner Hall - Pre-Concert Talks - 2018-2019 SEASON



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


January 24 - February 2, 2019


Lucerne Easter Festival
April 9 - 15, 2019

3. Montreal, Quebec - APRIL 2019

Montreal International Violin Competition
June 3 - 6, 2019

4. LEIPZIG - JUNE 2020

Returning to International Bach Fest June 2020
More info & details TBA

Worldwide Quest Travel tours

Vienna: A Musical Interlude: MAY 2019

May 9 - 17, 2019