Lunchtime Concerts
Fridays at 1.05 pm at Bishopsgate Institute
Bishopsgate EC2

Admission to all lunchtime concerts is Free.

The Free admission to Young Artists Series concerts is kindly sponsored by The Bishopsgate Foundation. 

A collection will be taken at the end of each young artists' concert at Bishopsgate 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.

The Society celebrates the extraordinary talent that abounds in the UK in its latest Young Artists Series [YAS]. Come and support these 'stars of the future' and celebrate their joyful music-making in a series of magnificent concerts.     

Outstanding young artists - many graduates of the UK's top conservatoires - continue to provide audiences at Bishopsgate with superb musical performances at our lunchtime concerts. Come and join us as we present the next generation of world-class musicians!

We continue our celebration of the opening on 1st January 1895 of the new Bishopsgate Institute as well as music written during or in response to the Great War of 1914-18.

Well-known and unfamiliar works that reflect the historical, social and artistic maelstrom of the last decade of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th are prominent throughout our season. (Works from this period are marked with a * and their date.)

The popular Free Winter Series, promoted by the City of London, returns alongside lunchtime concerts featuring the cream of young musical talent in our Young Artists' Series.

As always, we have prominent anniversaries to celebrate. On 11th April 1961 the 16-year-old cello prodigy, Jacqueline Du Pré performed Bach, Falla, Fauré and Vivaldi. On 23rd January another young talent - Bartholomew LaFollette will create part of that concert. In complete contrast, one of the most important moments in British History - the sealing of Magna Carta - will be celebrated by Joglaresa, described as 'the most rebellious medieval ensemble' (13th February).

The Free Winter Series concerts are funded and promoted by the City of London and administered by the City Arts Trust.

[FWS] = Free Winter Series
[YAS]  = Young Artists Series


16th January 2015 [YAS]

Ben Schoeman piano

*Ravel Ondine (Gaspard de la Nuit) (1908)


Nocturne No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 74 (1898)


Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major Op. 63 (1894)


Suite Op. 14 (1916)


Pour le Piano (1901)
One of South Africa's foremost pianists, Ben Schoeman opens our new season with works composed in the first two decades of the existence of the Bishopsgate Institute (built 1894). Following studies in the UK and Italy, Ben has embarked on an exciting career playing in many parts of the world. He combines this with studying for his doctorate at City University London.
23rd January 2015 [FWS]

Bartholomew LaFollette cello
Caroline Palmer piano


Jacqueline Du Pré 70th birthday concert

J S Bach

Suite No. 1 in G major BWV1007
*De Falla Suite Populaire Espagnole (1914-15)


Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 109

In 1961 the 16-year-old Jacqueline Du Pré presented a lunchtime concert for City Music Society at Bishopsgate Institute. Among the works she played that day are the Suites by Bach and Falla that Bartholomew LaFollette will play in this concert to mark the 70th anniversary of Du Pré's birth on 26 January 1945.

30th January 2015 [YAS]

Boris Brovtsyn director and violin

Andrzej Panufnik

Violin Concerto
Bartók Divertimento

Boris Brovtsyn has had a long association with the Guildhall School, as student, winner of the prestigious Gold Medal and now as visiting conductor with one of the School's outstanding ensembles. Composed for Yehudi Menuhin, Panufnik's Violin Concerto celebrates the singing qualities of the solo instrument. In contrast, Bartók's neo-classical divertimento explores the baroque form of the concerto grosso with fascinating textures and sharp contrasts.

6th February 2015 [YAS]

Michael Jones violin
Catherine Landen violin
Alistair Vennart viola
Stephanie Tress cello

Haydn Quartet in E flat Op. 20 No.1


Quartet in F minor Op. 80
Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize, the Solem Quartet were brought together by their studies at the University of Manchester. After further studies at the Royal Northern College, the quartet has enjoyed success in several competitions and now enjoy a busy concert schedule. Mendelssohn's Op. 80 was the composer's swansong, composed as a 'hommage' to his sister Fanny who had died in 1847, just 6 months before her brother.
13th February 2015 [FWS]

Belinda Sykes director

Robbers, Rebels & Royals

Events that took place in the City of London on Sunday 17th May 1215, became the tipping point in the long-running battle between King John and the Barons. While everyone was at mass, the Barons simply installed their own Mayor, took over the city and then used this as leverage to compel King John to meet them at Runnymede. With medieval harps, fidel, lute, percussion, bagpipes and voices, Joglaresa perform songs that challenge the supreme authority of kings, criticise the Roman Curia, and which highlight the lives, loves, imprisonment and taxation of ordinary folk (...or barons...) at the time of the Magna Carta, 800 years ago this year.
20th February 2015 [YAS]

Alexander Panfilov piano

Eric Falk Trust Concert

Beethoven Fantasia in G minor Op. 77
*Debussy Estampes (1903)


Sonata No. 2 in B flat (1913)
Russian-born pianist Alexander Panfilov was a commanding winner in Birmingham's 2013 Brant International Piano Competition and is already building an impressive international career. Demonstrating his great flair for music written at the turn of the twentieth century, Alexander performs Debussy's three images of East Asia, Spain and a garden in a storm.
27th February 2015 [YAS]

Konrad Elias-Trostman violin
Vladimir Waltham cello
Prach Boondiskulchok piano

C P E Bach

Trio in G major Wq. 90 No. 2
Prach Boondiskulchok Night Suite


Trio in G minor Op. 110
The Linos Piano Trio brings together three outstanding musicians of remarkable diversity of experiences and heritage. Between Konrad, Vladimir, and Prach, they share five nationalities, matched by the similarly wide range of their musical backgrounds, which include historically informed performance practice, composing and improvising. Winners of the RPS Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for young string players, the trio has recently recorded all the C P E Bach trios and include one is their programme.
 Presented with the support of the Royal Philharmonic Society
6th March 2015 [FWS]

Sasha Grynyuk piano


Impromptus Op. 90 D899
*Scriabin Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor (1898)

*Stravinsky arr. Agosti

The Firebird (1910)
The Ukrainian-born Sasha Grynyuk has enjoyed phenomenal success since he last played for CMS, winning first prizes in more than ten international piano competitions, including most recently the Rio de Janeiro and Grieg events. He will demonstrate his unfailing musicality and electrifying interpretations in repertoire in which he excels - Russian music from around the turn of the 20th century.
13th March 2015 [YAS]

Simon Channing director


Serenade No. 10 in B flat K361 (Grand Partita)
Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles, the Royal College of Music, in its annual concert for the Society, brings one of the most outstanding works for wind ensemble ever written as the sole work in their visit. This massive seven-movement composition for 12 winds and double bass explores the full gamut of emotions, from the heart-rendering solos of the Adagio to the sprightly dance rhythms of the Minuets.
20th March 2015 [FWS]

Sarah-Jane Bradley viola
John Lenehan piano


Vaughan Williams

H Waldo Warner Suite in D


Sonata in F minor Op. 120 No. 1(1895)
Johannes Brahms composed his two late sonatas for viola (or clarinet) just as Bishopsgate Institute was opening in 1895 and instantly left a legacy for players of the calibre of Sarah-Jane Bradley who contrasts this late Romantic masterpiece with a rarely-heard gem by Henry Waldow Warner.
27th March 2015 [YAS]

Jessie Grimes clarinet
Kay Stephen viola
Charis Hanning piano

Photo: Beniamino Barrese


Eight Pieces Op. 83 (a selection) (1910)
Röntgen Trio in E flat major


Trio in E flat K 498 ('Kegelstatt')
As winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition 2012 and finalists of the Royal Overseas League Competition, the London based Jacquin Trio are emerging as persuasive advocates of music for the distinctive combination of clarinet, viola and piano. Mozart's beautiful 'Skittles' trio was the first piece written for such a group, one that became increasingly popular in the 20th century.

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Latest update: 7 January 2015
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