CITY MUSIC SOCIETY
Music in the City

   
Ivan Sutton MBE   
  Ivan Sutton MBE
       1914-1996

Inspired by the famous series of concerts given during World War II by Dame Myra Hess at the National Gallery and the Royal Exchange, City Music Society was founded in 1943 by the late Ivan Sutton and is one of the country's leading music societies. The Society presents around 20 concerts per year and has over 2200 lunchtime and early evening concerts to its credit. It completed its 70th-anniversary season in 20013-14.

In addition to featuring well-established musicians, it has always been the Society's policy to invite out-standing young professional artists who are at the beginning of their careers, many of whom have since attained international status. From January to March 2004 the Society presented a new series of lunchtime concerts running parallel with the series at Bishopsgate on Tuesdays. This Free Winter Series was renewed every year between 2005 and 2013, in collaboration with the City of London Corporation, the City of London Festival and the City of London Sinfonia. The eleventh Free Winter Series was held between January and March 2014. The next Free Winter Series will start in January 2015.

Members of the Society are more than just passive listeners. Over the years the Society has commissioned many new works - on average one every three years - from a wide and diverse range of British composers, including Roger Smalley, Nicholas Maw, Diana Burrell, Richard Rodney Bennett, Elizabeth Maconchy, Phyllis Tate, Robin Holloway, John McCabe, Geoffrey Burgon, Peter-Paul Nash, Kevin Volans and Michael Berkeley.

CONCERTS AT BISHOPSGATE
Spring 2014 series saw our final series of evening concerts. Yet evening concerts at Bishopsgate will continue in collaboration with Bishopsgate Foundation who now become the sole promoters. Our Chairman, Leslie East, has been asked by Bishopsgate Foundation to manage three evening concerts each year, with the programmes linked to the Institute's thematic programming. Details of the first two concerts are given in the CMS and Bishopsgate brochures. Membership of the Society will continue to provide you with ticket price concessions for the new series of evening concerts. See Early Evening Concerts for details. Patrons can now book online, by telephone and in person. The Young Artists Series of lunchtime concerts continue in Bishopsgate Institute Great Hall. See Lunchtime Concerts for details.

MEMBERSHIP
For details of membership of the Society please see Membership Details.

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The City Music Society's Sponsors and supporters are:

  • The Bishopsgate Foundation
  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Clifford Chance LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • The Mercers' Company
  • The Tallow Chandlers' Company

    The Free Winter Series is funded and promoted by:

  • The Corporation of the City of London

    Individual concerts are supported by:

  • The Eric Falk Trust
  • The Royal Philharmonic Society
  • The Worshipful Company of Musicians

The Society depends on sponsorship and donations. To discuss how you and your company can support the Society's work, please contact us on 07740 214 248.

Individuals can now join our Friends Scheme - see membership form.

You can write to the Society at citymusicsociety@btopenworld.com.

 

Latest update: 31 July 2014

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