Lunchtime Concerts
Thursdays 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.

Ensembles loom large in our Spring 2018 series. Well, when we say 'large' they do in fact range from a duo (18th January) to a full orchestra (22nd February). And the range of repertoire is similarly diverse, with the familiar (Beethoven and Brahms, 1st February; Mozart and Schubert, 22nd February) rubbing shoulders with some really unusual gems. For example, celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March with the innovative all-female band, Nérija, and experience the delightful combination of flute, viola and harp with the Pelléas Ensemble (15th March). Yet we haven't neglected outstanding soloists, giving platforms to prize-winning pianist Joanna Krauze (25th January) and guitarist Andrey Lebedev (15th February). Why not start off with the amazingly talented soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis on 18th January and follow our musical journey through the Spring series?

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.


18th January 2018

Sarah-Jane Lewis soprano
Simon Lepper piano

Copland Simple Gifts
Quilter Dream Valley
Bridge Come to me in my dreams
Bridge Adoration
Wagner Schmerzen
R Strauss Die Nacht
Wolf Gesang Weylas
Wolf Elfenlied
Fauré Après un rêve
Debussy C'est l'extase
Chausson Les temps des lilas
Poulenc Voyage à Paris
Gouridi No quiero tus avellanas
Obradors El majo timido
Obradors Del cabello más util
Obradors El vito
After completing her studies at the RCM, RAM and the National Opera Studio, Sarah-Jane Lewis became an Associate Young Artist at the Royal Opera House and a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne. She has performed at many prestigious venues including The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Mitsunaka Hall (Japan) and The Royal Opera House. She has also given live performances on BBC Radio 2 and 3. Simon Lepper is renowned for his work with many distinguished singers including Karen Cargill, Mark Padmore and Christopher Maltman. He is also the official accompanist for the Cardiff Singer of the Year Competition and professor of piano accompaniment at the RCM.
25th January 2018

Joanna Krauze piano

J S Bach

Partita in E minor No.6 BWV 830
Chopin Nocturne in B major Op.62
Chopin Mazurkas from Op.56, No.2 in C major & No.3 in C minor
Chopin Barcarolle Op.60

Polish-born Joanna Krauze studied at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary School of Music in Warsaw before moving to London to take her Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies with Tessa Nicholson. In 2016 she won The Musicians' Company's Harriet Cohen Bach Prize, and received the Mark James Piano Prize from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund. She has enjoyed success in several international competitions and festivals, including winning first prize in the International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Rzeszów, and the special prize for the best performance of a work by Chopin in the 15th International Chopin Festival.

1st February 2018

Timothy Crawford violin
Benjamin Tarlton cello
Dinis Sousa piano

Winners of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize, 2017
Beethoven Trio in D Op.70 No.1 (The Ghost)


Trio in C minor Op.101

The Auden Piano Trio walked off with the 2017 Sutton Chamber Music Prize with a stunning performance of Schumann's third trio, Op.110. For our concert they turn to two of the most popular trios in the repertoire - Beethoven's termed 'The Ghost' because of its eerily-scored second movement and Brahms' final work for this combination.

8th February 2018

Nic Pendlebury director

Janácek Idyll

John Adams

Shaker Loops

From its base in Greenwich, the senior string ensemble of Trinity Laban Conservatoire brings two vastly contrasted works. Janácek's richly-Romantic Idyll, full of the influences of Dvorák and Czech and Moravian folk music, could not be more different one of the most important works of the movement that became known as Minimalism. The American composer John Adams' Shaker Loops is a shimmering, intriguing, original and ultimately uplifting exploration of the essential minimalist principles.

15th February 2018
Andrey Lebedev guitar

Photo: Ian Dingle
Downland Fantasia 1a
J S Bach Prelude in E BWV 1006
Villa-Lobos Five Préludes
Albéniz Granada
Albéniz Asturias
Nigel Westlake Smokey Cape
Andrey Labedev New Work
Multi-award winning guitarist Andrey Lebedev regularly performs new works and traditional repertoire in Europe and Australia, his home country. Born in Moscow and brought up in Adelaide, he is currently living in London. His studies at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) with Michael Lewin led to opportunities from the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, The Julian Bream Trust and the Musicians' Company's Yeoman programme while support from the City Music Foundation has provided important mentorship and guidance.
22nd February 2018

Robert Pepper conductor
Rosie Burton bassoon


Concerto for bassoon in B flat K191
Schubert Symphony No. 5 in B flat D485
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. Rosie Burton works as a freelance bassoonist, performing regularly with the likes of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic as well as several chamber groups.
1st March 2018

Simon Channing director


Kleine Kammermusik Op.24 No.2

Mozart, arr. Robin O'Neill

Sonata in D K448
Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles, the Royal College of Music brings its Wind Ensemble for its annual concert for the Society. Hindemith's 'small chamber music' is a charming collection of character pieces for wind quintet. From Mozart's Sonata for two pianos, Robin O'Neill has drawn a major work for wind ensemble, enhancing the light, brilliant but refined 'galant' style of the original.
8th March 2018

Sheila Maurice-Grey trumpet
Rosie Turton trombone
Cassie Kinoshi alto saxophone
Nubya Garcia tenor saxophone
Shirley Tetteh guitar
Rio Kai double bass
Lizy Exell drums

To celebrate International Women's Day
This year's winners of the Jazz Newcomer Parliamentary Jazz Award and Jazz FM Breakthrough Act of the Year 2016 nominees, Nérija are a collective of London-based musicians playing exciting and original music inspired by Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and South African Township. Marking the imminent release of their second album and celebrating International Women's Day, Nérija reflect 'the complex cultural exchanges that make London's jazz scene so rich' (Jazzwise Magazine).
15th March 2018

Henry Roberts flute
Luba Tunnicliffe viola
Oliver Wass harp

Photo: AlessandroTear




Piéce en concert

Misha Mullov-Abbado

Three Meditation Songs


Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Coming together at the Guildhall School in 2011, the Pelléas Ensemble won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. The trio made its Wigmore Hall debut in November 2016 when they were praised for their 'captivating vitality' and 'effortlessness and delicacy' (Seen and Heard International). Debussy's Sonata was the first significant composition written for this combination and gives Guildhall Gold Medallist and Musicians' Company award winner Oliver Wass a chance to show off his outstanding musicianship.
   Presented with the support of The Royal Philharmonic Society
22nd March 2018

Amy Tress violin
Jenny Lewisohn viola
Auriol Evans cello
Gamal Khamis piano

Bridge Phantasy for Piano Quartet H94


Quartet No.3 in C minor Op.60
The Lipatti Quartet was formed in 2013 by four young award-winning instrumentalists dedicated to exploring and sharing the piano quartet repertoire, from Mozart to the present day. Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League ensemble prize and contributors to the Park Lane Group's Young Artists Series in 2016 at St John's Smith Square, the quartet's members enjoy presenting some of the less-familiar works in the piano quartet repertoire, such as the Bridge Phantasy, specially commissioned after the 1910 Musicians' Company Cobbett Prize for chamber music.

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