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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.

Rick has recently teamed with pianist Jason Cutmore for “Stories in Tune,” a piano/narrator duo presenting children’s concerts of such classics as Peter & The Wolf by Prokofiev, The Toy Box by Debussy, and others

NEW - Stories in Tune

Pianist Jason Cutmore and writer / broadcaster / narrator Rick Phillips team up as Stories in Tune, presenting classical music concerts, with narration, for parents and kids. Recordings are a natural way to introduce children to classical music, but nothing stimulates like the live concert experience. As quoted in the Toronto Star, Rick explains, “There is an ‘event’ quality to a live concert that children realize immediately and appreciate. It also allows parents to experience with their child.” Stories in Tune has engaged audiences of all ages at the Colours of Music festival, Elora Festival, Music Niagara, and at Alberta Pianofest. Find out more about Stories in Tune...

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 - Royal Conservatory of Music - Music Appreciation Classes - WINTER-SPRING 2015

tsoundadvice series – Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2014-15 Season)

Women’s Art Association - WINTER 2015

CONTINUING EDUCATION , St. Michael’s College, U of T - Fall 2014, SPRING 2015


Kaleidoscope - a New way of Learning - Fall 2014 (past)



To purchase a copy of Rick Phillip’s book The Essential Classical Recordings or the Universal Music Canada CD release, please send an inquiry to:

2-CD Set $22 incl. HST
Book $28 incl. HST
Both $50 incl. HST

Musical Tours


City Weekend: April 10 – 13, 2015


2. BOSTON - MAY 2015

City Weekend: May 1 - 4, 2015


3. Salzburg Tour - WINTER 2016

Salzburg Winter Festival: January 22 to 31, 2016
Stay tuned - 2016 tour plans are in development!