Music in the City



It is with great regret that City Music Society has had to cancel its
autumn series of Lunchtime Concerts at the Bishopsgate Institute.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Institute's Great Hall,
the wonderful setting for CMS concerts since the 1940s, is not available
to use for the foreseeable future and the concerts scheduled between
25th September and 27th November have had to be cancelled.

Due to the nature of the concerts, the need for a high-quality grand piano
and the financial implications of moving the concerts to another place, we
have been unable to transfer these concerts to another venue in the City.

We hope to resume lunchtime concerts at Bishopsgate Institute in 2016
and we will inform patrons and members once the position is clear.


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 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 2004 and 2015, in collaboration with the City of London Corporation, the City of London Festival and the City of London Sinfonia.

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.

The Young Artists Series of lunchtime concerts continue in Bishopsgate Institute Great Hall. See Lunchtime Concerts for details.

Autumn 2015 sees a further evening concert organized by City Music Society but please note that this will take place not in Bishopsgate Institute but in St Lawrence Jewry. See Evening Concerts for details.

The concert on Thursday 26 November will be the first of three evening concerts in the 2015-16 season promoted in collaboration with other musical organisations. Membership of the Society will continue to provide you with ticket price concessions for the new series of evening concerts.

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

You can help City Music Society in its mission to support young musicians at the start of their careers. Join us as a Member (£15 per annum), Joint Members (£20pa), Friend (£25pa), Patron (£100pa) or Benefactor (£250pa).

Every year we give outstanding soloists, ensembles and groups from the major conservatoires vital opportunities to develop their performance experience in a first-class venue.

Membership also grants discounts on CMS evening concert ticket prices.

For our Membership form, please visit the Membership Details page of the CMS website.

You can now follow City Music Society events on Facebook. Why not sign up?

The City Music Society's Sponsors and supporters are:

  • The Bishopsgate Foundation
  • 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


Latest update: 31 July 2015

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