Music in the City

Ivan Sutton MBE   
  Ivan Sutton MBE

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 26 concerts per year and has over 2000 lunchtime and early evening concerts to its credit. It completed its 65th-anniversary season in 2009.

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 begins in January 2014. See Free Winter Series for details.

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.

Our evening concerts now take place at Bishopsgate Institute Great Hall. 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.

There is one pre-concert talk in the Spring 2014 series. See Lunchtime Concerts for details.

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

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Are you a full-time student? Would you like to try something different? Come along and enjoy our chamber music concerts!

The City Music Society promotes six concerts per year in the elegant surroundings of Bishopsgate Institute Great Hall in the
City of London.

Young Persons tickets: Free tickets are available for those aged 8-25 in full-time education (educational ID will be required when collecting ticket). Please apply in person at the Booking Office (see the Evening Concerts page of this website).

For details of the three Spring concerts see the Evening Concerts page of our website.

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 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


Latest update: 31 December 2013

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