The best Sydney classical music internet radio stations. Stream them through your smartphone, tablet, dongle or hotel media player.
You can stream the two main Sydney classical music radio stations, or you can tune in on FM. ABC Classic FM is at 92.9 and Fine Music (previously 2MBS-FM) is on 102.5 on the FM band.
Increasingly though, it’s easier to have classical music internet radio. Not only do you get full information about what’s on and what’s coming, you can also get instant replays and you can easily download podcasts for later listening.
They’re definitely different – you’ll soon discover which you prefer.
ABC Classic FM also broadcasts Australian and international news bulletins on the hour, fitting its musical programs around these. 2MBS-FM has not, so far, succumbed to hourly radio news.
Classical Music Internet Radio – Fine Music 102.5
FINE MUSIC is Sydney’s volunteer-run, listener-supported, station. It relies on donations and subscriptions to operate. Its programmers and presenters are the best sort of dedicated
Australian amateurs. They know their stuff and, quite often, what is played on air comes
from their private collections.
As one of its erstwhile volunteers and a lifetime subscriber I’m very aware of the importance of such independent classical music radio stations in Sydney. Give it a listen.
FINE MUSIC might give you little known renaissance composers alongside classical piano music played on the Australian made Stuart & Sons grand piano.
It also champions Australian 20th and 21st century classical music. You’ll find contemporary Australian composers and performers here.
Except for during ‘breakfast’ and ‘drive-time’ (early evening) you’ll generally hear the full piece from beginning to end. FINE MUSIC also has excellent jazz, blues music radio and late night ambient music.
Classical Music Internet Radio – ABC Classic FM
On ABC Classic FM you’ll get a more polished product which also tends more towards the middle ground.
A symphony on Classic FM, for example, will often be represented by just one movement rather than the whole. Its second classical music internet radio station – ABC Classic 2 – has the same ‘short extracts’ policy, with the difference that all pieces feature by Australian musicians.
Among the ABC’s strengths are its programs which combine interviews with selected works.
For example, artists who live in or visit Sydney (perhaps as part of January’s Sydney Festival) are regularly invited into the studio to choose a number of their favourite pieces.
These then become the jumping off point for a discussion of his or her life, achievements, interests and philosophy.
The ABC has a range of stations, all of which are linked from the main web address. So when you’re listened out to classical music you can switch to Radio National for excellent analytical reporting and comment, or go to jazz, country and so on.
Get the App
The best way to listen to classical music internet radio on your smartphone may be through an app. Follow the prompts on the website to download the right one for you.
For more on classical music in Sydney, including pointers to free concerts, go here.