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 in January 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, in collaboration with the City of London Corporation, the City of London Festival and the City of London Sinfonia. The tenth Free Winter Series will begin in January 2013. 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.
Full details of the Autumn 2013 season will be announced on this website in July 2013.
STUDENT OFFER - FREE TICKETS
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
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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.
Latest update: 31 December 2012
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