Some of the greatest music in the world comes from Britain, and British music is still topping the charts today. Richard visits The Premises recording studio, where many world-famous artists have made music.

Task 1

Which of the following sentences are true?


Task 2

Who has recorded at The Premises?


Task 3

Put the parts of the sentences together.


Task 4

Put the two parts of the phrases together.




Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2


Music - this outpouring of the human soul, for some it is a calm, fun, music may be associated with different events in people's lives. In Russia there are music many festivals, usually held in the summer. "Dobrofest", "Invasion", "Stereoleto", "Kubana" and others, but the largest and expected is 'Sensation', which came from the Netherlands. If we talk about musical preferences, I like both Russian and foreign singers. I like listening to Ed Sheeran, Kodaline, L`One and Polina Gagarina.

In France one of the biggest music event is the "Vieilles Charrues' festival". It's in july, during the summer, in a little town called Carhaix, placed in the center of Brittany.
Most popular music bands and singers have come to this Festival : Muse, Pixies... and, of course, Johnny Halliday

One of the places we are most proud of in Syria is the opera house, well it is not an opera house in the real meaning. It hosts wide variety of artistic and musical events. Only highly talented people can perform there.
When talking about best musicians in my country, Iyad Alremawi first comes to my mind. The music he composes is just mind blowing. And to be more general I say this music is really good when listening to it makes me skip a breath.
I am a fan of both local and foreign artists of different genres, but I go more for the classics.

Hi everyone! I'm a new member from Italy. Here in my country the approach to music is quite traditional, there's no room for indie and rock band. You can listen to good and exciting pop event but our past tradition is overwhelming. By the way, there are lots of clubs in the biggest cities and live sessions in the pubs on weekends. Please don't hesitate to correct my post! I'm here mainly to improve my English. Best regards

There must be some professional musical studios in Ukraine and they’re definitely located in the capital. I don’t think there’re many world-famous Ukrainian musicians, but ‘Okean Elzy’ is definitely more than just a well-known band around the globe. They actually played a great gig in London about two years ago.
I listen to great range of music styles. It really depends on my mood and activity. For example, my favorite British musicians are Arctic Monkeys, Tricky, The Rolling Stones and The Prodigy. I’ve always preferred international stars to the local ones but I like to listen to them too sometimes.

Is it possible to download the audio? I would like my SS to hear it in class,as a way of improving their 'listening' skill'. Thank yo uvery much Kika

Hello Kika,

I'm afraid that it is not possible to download the video or audio on Word on the Street pages for legal reasons. The good news is that we do have a lot of free, downloadable recordings in other sections of Listen & Watch such as Elementary Podcasts, Big City Small World and the Magazine. I'd encourage you to listen to an episode of each to see if one of them might work for you.

Also, since you mention you're a teacher, I just wanted to encourage you to check out our sister site, Teaching English.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Kirk for your reply. However I don't seem to find any downloadable audio on Listen & Watch. In the meanwhile I 'll recheck Teaching ENglish and see what I can find there.
Thank you for the meantime
Best regards


Hello Kika Vahine,

Most of the audio-only materials on LearnEnglish can be downloaded. All you need to do is to go to the page for any particular episode and look for the .mp3 file link - it's usually just above or below the player window.

For example, on this Big City Small World page you can see the file link headed as follows:

Download audio 2.3 MB (right click & save)


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello everyone..
☆ What is the most famous musical venue in your country?
- There are some of the most famous musical venue in my country. However, I'd like to tell you the biggest one we have. Musica Studio is an Indonesian music company based in Jakarta, Indonesia. This recording company is running its business in the type of music that people commonly look for such as Pop, R&B, Rock, Rap, Dance, Alternatif and many others. The popular artists that shine through Musica Studio's label almost always in the top of the Indonesia music chart.
☆ Who are the best musicians?
- Musica Studio has became the home and base camp of Indonesia's prominent artists from the 60's to up date. The studio has launched the popularity of Rhoma Irama, Hetty Koes Endang, Betharia Sonata, Chrisye, Iwan Fals and as Indonesian lover music knows that it has played an important role in the rise of the new comers band like NOAH and GEISHA.
☆ Do you prefer International stars or local artists?
- In my country, foreign stars are more popular among young people, especially US/UK celebrities and Older people prefer local music with their local stars, and for me, I'm very proud of our top singers, although I like some of foreign star as well.