Lunchtime Concerts
Fridays at 1.05 pm at Bishopsgate Institute
Bishopsgate EC2



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.

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!

The City Music Society free lunchtime concerts continue to explore music written in the three decades after the opening of the Bishopsgate Institute. (Works from this period are marked with a * and their date.) Our series also celebrates the anniversaries of two giants of music from northern Europe - Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen - both born in 1865.

Covering music from five centuries, our Autumn series has something for everyone's taste - come and enjoy!


25th September 2015 [YAS]

Adrian Butterfield director/violin
Rowan Pierce soprano
Amy Lyddon alto
Joel Williams tenor
Daniel D'Souza bass

J S Bach Cantata No. 132: Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn BWV132

J S Bach

Cantata No. 9: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her BWV 9
Two of Bach's most beautiful church cantatas adorn this annual celebration in collaboration with The Musicians' Company. A consort of baroque specialists from the leading London conservatoires is joined by four outstanding young soloists from the Royal College of Music and is led by Adrian Butterfield, one of the UK's leading baroque violinists and director of the Tilford Bach Society
 Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
2nd October 2015 [YAS]

Anna Szalucka piano


Album Leaf (1916)
J S Bach French Suite no. 3 in B minor BWV814


Four Mazurkas Op. 50 (1924-26)


Estampes (1903)

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 there earlier this year. Her programme includes a rare piece by Debussy, written for a benefit concert during World War I.

9th October 2015 [YAS]

Colin Scobo violin
George Smith violin
Elliott Perks viola
Duncan Strachan cello


Quartet in D Op. 76 No. 5
*Nielsen Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 13 (1898)

Marking the 150th anniversary of Carl Nielsen's birth, the award-winning Maxwell Quartet play the composer's first quartet, written originally in 1889 but revised a decade later, which became one of Nielsen's most popular works. Park Lane Group artists this year, the Maxwell Quartet are rapidly developing as a dynamic and exciting force in chamber music in the UK.

16th October 2015 [YAS]

Huw Wiggin saxophone
James Sherlock piano

Demersseman Fantaisie sur un thème original Op. 32

Grieg (arr. Wiggin)

Air from Holberg Suite Op. 40
Maurice Tableaux de Provence

Schumann (arr. Liszt)

Piazzolla Fugata and Oblivion

J S Bach

Sonata in G Minor

Andy Scott

Three Letter Word
Huw Wiggin was the First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in 2014, since when his career has taken off with an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival this year and the release of a concerto CD. His wonderfully eclectic programme demonstrates the versatility of the saxophone, from the smooth contours of Bach's Sonata to the popular idioms of Paule Maurice, Astor Piazzolla and Andy Scott. In contrast and to give Huw a rest, James Sherlock contributes one of Liszt's most beautiful transcriptions, of Schumann's yearning love song, Widmung.
23th October 2015 [YAS]

Amarins Weirdsma violin
Yoanna Prodanova cello
Mihai Ritivoiu piano

William Cole Bind, Weave, Spin (second performance)


Piano Trio in B Op. 8 No. 1
The talented Morisot Trio from the Guildhall School gave the world premiere of William Cole's Bind, Weave, Spin during the 2015 City of London Festival to mark the composer's success in winning The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Lord Mayor's Composition Prize. To complement this new, 24-year-old composer's work, the Trio present another piece written when the composer was in his early twenties - Brahms' 1854 piano trio, a work, unlike other early works, of such significance to the composer that he revised it 35 years later.
30th October 2015 [YAS]

Mark Messenger director
Sarah Hayashi soprano

Mozart Exsultate, jubilate K165
Sibelius Andante Festivo


Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 (1899/1917)
The Royal College of Music's String Band returns for a second appearance in our Young Artists' series with a rarely-heard work of Sibelius to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. The Andante Festivo's clean textures contrast markedly with Schoenberg's richly romantic, lush interpretation of Richard Dehmel's highly-charged poem of the same name. And to begin, American-born, RCM opera school student, Sarah Hayashi, sings one of Mozart's most gloriously jubilant motets.
6th November 2015 [YAS]

Joseph Shiner clarinet
Frederick Brown piano



Sonata Op. 120 No. 1 in F minor (1895)
*Ravel Piece en forme de habanera (1907)


Concert-Fantasy on Themes from Verdi's 'Rigoletto'
Winner of the top Musicians' Company award, The Prince's Prize, in 2015, and a City Music Foundation selected artist, Joseph Shiner has been dazzling audiences with his colourful and insightful playing and his innovative programming. He brings back a work CMS patrons recently heard in its viola version - the first of Brahms' late sonatas written for the masterful Richard Mühlfeld - alongside a remarkable virtuosic work by the 19th-century maestro, Luigi Bassi, based on some well-known Verdi melodies.
13th November 2015 [YAS]

Martin James Bartlett piano


Sonata E major K380


Sonata B minor K27


Sonata G major K260
Beethoven Sonata in E flat Op. 31 No. 3


Sonata No.3 Op. 28 (1917)
In May last year, at the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett became BBC Young Musician 2014, since when he has experienced a whirlwind existence, performing in major concert halls and festivals and, in April 2015, making his Royal Albert Hall debut with the RPO. Now at the Royal College of Music, Martin returns to the Albert Hall in August 2015 to play Rhapsody in Blue at the Proms. For us he performs Prokofiev's energetic and virtuoso third sonata, written during a period of intense frustration for the composer before he left Russia to live in the USA.
20th November 2015 [YAS]

William Melvin violin
Cassandra Hamilton violin
Miguel Ángel Rodríguez viola
Naomi Watts cello


Quartet in A Op. 20 No. 6


Quartet in D minor Op. 56 ('Voces Intimae') (1908/1909)
Marking Sibelius's 150th anniversary, the Bernadel Quartet play the composer's only string quartet, written in the shadow of his brush with throat cancer. The 'intimate voices' quoted on the score by Sibelius were never explained but the work is perfectly suited to the Bernadels, noted for their sensitivity and adventurousness. Winners of the 2013 Royal Greenwich Intercollegiate Competition and holders of the RAM Cavatina Chamber Music Fellowship, 2013-14, the quartet has recently featured in a concert in St John's Smith Square and been continuing its studies at Prussia Cove.
27th November 2015 [YAS]

Timothy Ridout viola
Ke Ma piano



Märchenbilder Op. 113
*York Bowen Melody on the G string Op. 47 (1917)
*York Bowen Melody on the C string Op. 51 (1918)


Sonata for viola and piano Op. 11 No. 4 (1919)
Two hugely talented young musicians combine forces in an enterprising programme celebrating some of the beauties of the viola repertoire. Multiple prize-winner Ke Ma made her Purcell Room debut in July 2015 in a Musicians' Company concert. Tim Ridout won the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition and is developing an exciting career as a soloist and chamber musician.

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Latest update: 31 July 2015
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