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!

The City Music Society free lunchtime concerts resume on a new day, Friday, featuring as always the cream of young musical talent including two conservatoire ensembles new to our series. Autumn 1894, as the finishing touches to the new Bishopsgate Institute were being made prior to opening on 1st January 1895, and autumn 1914, as the first battles of the Great War began, are the focus of our autumn concerts as we begin an on-going celebration of the first 120 years of the Bishopsgate Foundation.

Scattered through this inspiring sequence of lunchtime concerts are well-known and unfamiliar works that reflect the historical, social and artistic maelstrom of the last decade of the 19th century and the first three decades of the 20th. (Works from this period are marked with a * and their date.) Capping it all, we mark two prominent anniversaries - the 300th of the birth of C P E Bach (see 19th September), Johann Sebastian's most talented son, and the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss (see 24th October and 21st November).


19th September 2014 [YAS]

Adrian Butterfield director/violin
Raphaela Papadakis soprano
Sophie Clayton baroque flute

                                         Photo: Picture Partnership 
C P E Bach Flute Concerto in A H438 Wq. 168

J S Bach

Cantata No. 209: Non sa che sia dolore BWV 209 (BC G50)
Our annual exploration of J S Bach's cantatas continues with the unusual Cantata 209, unusual for being a secular setting in Italian describing the departure of a young man for military service. Its highly ornamental flute solo resonates appropriately with the Flute Concerto by Bach's son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, born 300 years ago this year. The consort of baroque specialists from the leading London conservatoires is joined by two outstanding young soloists.
  Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
26th September 2014 [YAS]

Maria Marchant piano

Conflict and Memories - the First World War


Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs BB79 (1914-18)
*Ireland London Pieces (1917-20)


Le Tombeau de Couperin (1914-17)

A concert of works composed during the First World War demonstrates not only the contrasted styles but also the different concerns of the composers during this tumultuous time. While Bela Bartók's collection of folk songs preserves a tradition whose very existence was threatened by the war, and John Ireland's London 'postcards' capture a time of austerity, Ravel's 'tombeaux' are each dedicated to friends who became casualties of the carnage. The highly talented Maria Marchant is in much demand for her enterprising advocacy of British music.

 Supported by The John Ireland Trust
3rd October 2014 [YAS]

Yolanda Bruno violin
Han Ouk Park violin
Jenny Lewisohn viola
Vladimir Waltham cello


Quartet in B flat Op. 76 No. 4 (Sunrise)
*Debussy Quartet in G minor (1893/4)

First published in 1894, the year in which Bishopsgate Institute was built, Debussy's only string quartet was a deliberate attempt to conform to Germanic models. It was also one of the most fiendishly difficult quartets written at that time. First prize-winners of the CAVATINA Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition in 2012, the Hieronymus Quartet has since been acclaimed for its vivid and dynamic performances of the rich and complex string quartet repertoire and are more than a match for Debussy's masterwork and the beautiful Haydn 'Sunrise'.

10th October 2014 - No concert
17th October 2014 [YAS]

Soh-Yon Kim violin
Maksim Štšura piano

Mozart Sonata in B flat K454


Sonata (1914)
Waxman Carmen Fantasy
Written on the eve of the First World War, Janácek's Sonata reflected the mood of anxiety and anticipation in Europe. The composer recalled that " the 1914 Sonata… I could just about hear sound of the steel clashing in my troubled head...'. By cheerful contrast, Waxman's Carmen Fantasy, written for Heifetz but premiered by Isaac Stern, will test Soh-Yon Kim and Maksim Štšura's technical proficiency to the limits. South Korean-born Soh-Yon, after studies at the Menuhin School and the RCM, has performed all over the world and won innumerable prizes and awards, including one of the most recent, from The Worshipful Company of Musicians. Maksim Štšura is developing a formidable reputation as a soloist, duo partner and chamber musician.
24th October 2014 [YAS]

Mark Messenger director
Jien Ren violin


Elegy Op. 58 (1909)


Corale ('on Sequenza VIII')

R Strauss

Metamorphosen (Study for 23 solo strings)
Making their debut in a CMS series, the Royal College of Music's String Band contrasts two elegiac works with Luciano Berio's exciting, virtuoso elaboration of his solo violin Sequenza. This performance of Metamorphosen, marking 150 years since the birth of Richard Strauss and written exactly 70 years ago, reflects on the close of the second great war of the 20th century, while Elgar's Elegy was the composer's gift to The Worshipful Company of Musicians, to commemorate the passing of its members.
31st October 2014 - No concert
7th November 2014 [YAS]

Stephen Jackson director

J C Bach

Julian Anderson Four American Choruses
*Elgar Four Choral Songs Op. 53 (1907)

J S Bach

Lobet den Herrn BWV 230
Another outstanding conservatoire ensemble makes its debut in a CMS series. Founded in 1990 by BBC Symphony Chorus Director Stephen Jackson, the choir is formed primarily of first-study singers but involves students of other disciplines as well. It has performed at all the major London concert venues and on BBC TV and radio and was a prize-winner in the Tolosa International Choral Competition. While specialising in contemporary music, the choir has an extensive repertoire stretching back to the baroque and beyond and include two of Elgar's most extraordinary creations - the bi-tonal There is Sweet Music and the 'plain weird' Owls.
14th November 2014 [YAS]

Dinara Klinton piano

Photo: Tony Frank


Impromptus Op. 90
*Prokofiev Sarcasms Op. 17(1912-14)
Mendelssohn Andante and Rondo Capriccioso in E Op. 14


Wedding March
Born in Ukraine, Dinara Klinton studied at the Moscow State Conservatory before moving to the Royal College of Music to study with Dina Parakhina. Winner of numerous competitions, she was this year awarded the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe UK Scholarship. In her programme she provides vivid contrasts between the classical beauty of Schubert, the sparkling virtuosity of Mendelssohn and the intriguing experimentalism of Prokoviev's Sarcasms, composed in the confused and chaotic society that was Russia before World War One.
21th November 2014 [YAS]

William Duncombe clarinet
Charlotte Maclet violin
Fiachra Garvey piano


*Ives Largo (1901/1934)

*R Strauss

Morgen (1894)
Srul Irving Glick The Klezmer's Wedding
Bartók Contrasts
Formed in 2011, the Ducasse Trio consists of award winning musicians from France, Ireland and the UK who began working together after they met as students at the Paris Conservatoire and Southbank Sinfonia. They make their Wigmore Hall debut in 2015 in a Musicians' Company concert. Reflecting the wide range of repertoire for this combination, the trio's programme features one of Strauss's most beautiful songs (written in the year Bishopsgate Institute was built) in a telling arrangement, plus fun-filled works by Milhaud and Glick and the astonishing Contrasts Bartók wrote for the jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman.
28th November 2014 [YAS]

Cristina Prats-Costa violin
Milan Berginc violin
Rhoslyn Lawton viola
Elena Cappelletti cello


Langsamer Satz (1905)
Tippett String Quartet No. 3
An internationally diverse ensemble, the Alauda Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 and was awarded a Junior Fellowship there for 2013-14. Passionate explorers of the quartet repertoire, their concert contrasts the deeply romantic Webern 'slow movement' with Tippett's neo-Classical, Beethoven-influenced quartet, full of fascinating and engaging technical devices.

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