Lunchtime Concerts
Fridays at 1.05 pm at St Bartholomew the Great,
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

Admission to all lunchtime concerts is Free.

The City Music Society Young Artists Series celebrates the amazing talent of musicians performing and studying in the UK.

Many of our artists are major prize winners, emerging from the UK's leading conservatoires, while some of the concerts mark the role of The Worshipful Company of Musicians in supporting and encouraging outstanding young musicians as they begin their careers.

Our Spring series celebrates stringed instruments in a variety of genres. Three chamber orchestras present a rich tapestry of ensemble music, from Bach, via Beethoven and Elgar, to an accessible recent violin concerto by Tigran Mansurian. Solo cello, string trio, piano and string quartets provide variety and interest in quantities as well as quality, from Haydn to Ravel. And Ceruleo remind us of the early history of stringed instruments, whether plucked or bowed, as well as John Milton's iconic role in 17th-century London. But as an antidote to all this music for strings, if one should be needed, we have two outstanding pianists and the fabulous wind ensemble from the Royal College of Music.

A collection will be taken at the end of each young artists' concert at St Bartholomew's to benefit the City Music Society.

Seats cannot be guaranteed after 1.00pm.

Limited standing is permitted at the discretion of the Society.

Latecomers are only admitted during a suitable pause in the programme.

All programmes are subject to change at short notice.

The City Music Society reserves the right to refuse admission.

Please note that City Music Society concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 8 and the Society reserves the right to refuse entry to children under that age.

[YAS]  = Young Artists Series


20th January 2017 [YAS]

Amarins Weirdsma violin
Christoph Slenczka viola
Yoanna Prodanova cello
Mihai Ritivoiu piano

Photo: Tom Gimson
Beethoven String Trio in D Op.9 No.2
Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op.15
Three members of the Barbican Quartet join forces with the outstanding pianist Mihai Ritivoiu to perform Fauré's exquisite first piano quartet, full of the emotional turmoil resulting from the composer's unhappy love affair at the age of 32. It is preceded by the second of Beethoven's Opus 9 trios, considered by the 28-year-old composer to be his best compositions at that time and clearly important precedents of the Opus 18 string quartets.
27th January 2017 [YAS]

Levon Chilingirian director/violin

Tigran Mansurian

Violin Concerto No.2 (Four Serious Songs)
Beethoven String Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131 (arranged for string orchestra)

This fascinating combination of works is clearly identified with the British-Armenian violinist Levon Chilingirian, leader of the eponymous quartet for more than 40 years. Directing from the front desk, Levon is the soloist in the beautiful and evocative second violin concerto of fellow Armenian Tigran Mansurian. And with the young string players of the Guildhall School he explores one of Beethoven's great late quartets, Opus 131.

3rd February 2017 [YAS]

Anna Szalucka piano

Ravel Miroirs


Ballade No 4 in F minor Op.52


Piano Sonata No.2

A graduate of the Chopin Secondary School of Music in Poland, Anna Szalucka is a passionate advocate of the works of Polish composers and an outstanding interpreter of Bach's keyboard works. Now studying at the Royal Academy of Music, Anna won the Musicians' Company Harriet Cohen Bach prize in 2015. Her programme includes the second piano sonata of her compatriot, Grazyna Bacewicz, one of the leading 20th-century Polish composers.

10th February 2017 [YAS]

Emily Owen soprano
Jenni Harper soprano
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord
Kate Conway viola da gamba
Toby Carr lute & theorbo

Paradise Lost: Music for John Milton

John Blow Laudate nomen Domini

Giacomo Carissimi

Lucifer Caelestis Olim
Henry Purcell Overture (from The Fairy Queen)


Oh! Lead me to some peaceful gloom
Blow Ah Heaven! What is't I hear?


The fatal hour comes on apace
Blow A Ground in D Minor


Man is for Woman Made


Dear Pretty Youth


No, no, no, resistance is but vain


If love's a sweet passion

Formed in 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Ceruleo creates dramatic programmes of music and words from the 16th and 17th centuries. Appearances at the Barbican Centre, the Brighton Early Music Festival, and in Italy and Utrecht have demonstrated the group's imaginative and intriguing approach to the presentation of baroque song.

17th February 2017 [YAS]

Yoon-Kyung Cho cello
Malgorzata Garstka piano

Photo: Aiga Ozo
Schumann Fantasiestücke Op.73
Beethoven Sonata No.4 in C Op.101 No.1
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D 821
Eric Falk Trust Concert
Korean-born Yoon-Kyung Cho was awarded The Musicians' Company Prince's Prize in 2016, won second prize in the Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and was the winner of the Royal College of Music Concerto Prize which led to a performance of the first Shostakovich Cello Concerto at the RCM. With Malgorzata Garstka she performs three outstanding 19th-century works including the traditional arrangement of Schubert's only work for the arpeggione, a sort of bowed guitar. Today's concert is presented in memory of Eric Falk, a former Vice-Chairman of City Music Society.
22nd February 2017

Mirjam Mesak soprano
Kristiina Rokashevich piano

Heino Eller Kellad (The Bells)
Eduard Tubin Sügise päikene (Autumn Sun)
Mart Saar Ta tuli… (He came…)
Eduard Tubin Õnne ootel (Waiting for happiness)
Mart Saar Latvade kõne (The Talk of the Branches)
Eduard Tubin Igatsus (Longing)
Mart Saar Tuule hõlmas, luule hõlmas (In the arms of the wind, in the arms of the poetry)
Puccini O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca S.161/5
Verdi Saper vorreste (Un Ballo in Maschera)
Granados Mira que soy niña (Canciones Amatorias)
Debussy La soirée dans Grenade (Estampes)
Granados Iban al pinar (Canciones Amatorias)
Johann Strauss II Mein Herr Marquis (Die Fledermaus)
City Music Society is delighted to collaborate with the Estonian Embassy in presenting this special extra concert during our Young Artists Series to mark the 99th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Estonian soprano Mirjam Mesak recently graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a First Class Honours Degree. She is continuing her studies on the Artist Masters Programme of the Guildhall School, under the tutelage of Professor Rudolf Piernay. Kristiina Rokashevich began piano lessons in Tallinn Music High School with teachers Ell Saviauk and Marko Martin and later she continued her education at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In September 2010 Kristiina moved to London to study with Professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Supported by The Embassy of the Republic of Estonia
24th February 2017 [YAS]

Robert Pepper conductor


Serenade for Strings Op.20
Grieg Holberg Suite Op.40
Holst St Paul's Suite Op.29 No.2
Growing out of the English Schools' Orchestra, founded by Robert Pepper in 1994, the EYAS is made up of outstanding instrumentalists, graduates of the ESO and many now pursuing professional careers in music.
3rd March 2017 [YAS]

Alessandro Ruisi violin
Guy Button violin
Asher Zaccardelli viola
Max Ruisi cello


Quartet No. 11 in D minor Op. 9 No. 4 Hob.III:22


Quartet in F
Winners of The Royal Philharmonic Society's Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Prize, and YCAT finalists in 2015, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading British quartets of its generation, delivering performances that are 'strikingly immediate, committed and direct' (Chichester Observer, 2014). Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe, including leading venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and King's Place.
Presented with the support of The Royal Philharmonic Society
10th March 2017 [YAS]

Simon Channing director


Trois Pièces Brèves


9 Pieces Caractéristiques


Serenade in E flat K 375
Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles, the Royal College of Music brings its Wind Ensemble for its annual concert for the Society.
17th March 2017 [YAS]

Nic Pendelbury director
Ofer Falk violin



Serenade for Strings in C major Op.4

J S Bach

Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
From its base in Greenwich, the senior string ensemble of Trinity Laban Conservatoire brings two of the most popular works in the repertoire, with Ofer Falk, associate professor at TLC, soloist in the joyous, poignant and exuberant Bach concerto.
24th March 2017 [YAS]

Ashley Fripp piano


Sonata No. 9 in D major K 311


Sposalizio (The Marriage of the Virgin) from 'Années de Pèlerinage - Deuxième Année: Italie' S 161


Gaspard de la Nuit
British pianist Ashley Fripp frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician and concerto soloist in many of the world's most prestigious concert halls. He has won several national and international competitions and awards, including the Guildhall School Gold Medal and The Prince's Prize of The Musicians' Company.

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