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.
CONCERTS AT BISHOPSGATE
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.
Latest update: 31 July 2015
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