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.

The radiant acoustics of St Bartholomew the Great have proved remarkably suitable for everything from solo piano to string orchestra and the Autumn series gives audiences an opportunity to hear Bach on the saxophone (25th November) as well as originally intended (16th September), middle- and late-period Beethoven string quartets (21st October and 23rd September), one American (30th September) and two English masterpieces of the 20th Century (28th October) and music very much of the here and now (14th October and 18th November), including one of the most vibrant jazz ensembles playing today. Covering music from four centuries, from 1735 to the present day, our Autumn series has something for everyone's taste - come and enjoy!

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


16th September 2016 [YAS]

Adrian Butterfield director/violin
Marie Lys soprano
Amy Lyddon alto
Benedict Hymas tenor
Dan D'Souza bass

J S Bach Cantata: Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn BWV 132
J S Bach Cantata: 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. This concert also marks the 70th anniversary of the London Bach Society.
 Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians and the London Bach Society
23th September 2016 [YAS]

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


Three Pieces for String Quartet
Beethoven Quartet in E flat Op. 127

Rapidly developing as a dynamic and exciting force in chamber music in the UK, the award-winning Maxwell Quartet play one of Beethoven's massive final quartets, starkly contrasted with Stravinsky's 'bare and enigmatic' quartet miniatures, written on the eve of the First World War.

30th September 2016 [YAS]

Martin James Bartlett piano


Sonata A minor K310
Schumann, transcribed Liszt Widmung


Sonata Op. 26

Since winning the BBC Young Musician competition in May 2014, at the tender age of 17, Martin James Bartlett 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. While still studying at the Royal College of Music, Martin performed Rhapsody in Blue at the Proms. For us he performs a masterpiece of American music, Samuel Barber's Sonata, premiered by Vladimir Horowitz in 1950, in total contrast to Mozart's elegant, majestic and dignified A minor gem, written in the shadow of Mozart's mother's death in 1778.

7th October 2016 [YAS]

The concert originally announced for 7th October 2016 by Anna Szalucka
has been postponed. Please note there will be no concert on 7th October.

14th October 2016 [YAS]

Amarins Weirdsma violin
Yoanna Prodanova cello
Mihai Ritivoiu piano

William Cole Bind, Weave, Spin (third performance; introduced by the composer)
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Op. 8
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.
21st October 2016 [YAS]

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

Webern Langsamer Satz
Beethoven Quartet in F Op. 59 No. 1 (Razumovsky)
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 concerts in St John's Smith Square and been continuing its studies at Prussia Cove. Webern's 'slow movement', written when the composer was only 22, reflects his burgeoning love for his future wife through a plethora of emotions, from romantic yearning to dramatic turmoil and eventually a tranquil denouement. In contrast, Beethoven's first of three works dedicated to Count Razumovsky is a work of heroic proportions and gestures.
28th October 2016 [YAS]

Mark Messenger director
Katie Potts oboe



Romanian Folk Dances
Vaughan Williams Concerto in A minor for Oboe and Strings
Elgar Introduction and Allegro Op. 47
The Royal College of Music's String Band returns for a second appearance in our Young Artists' series with three twentieth-century masterpieces. Vaughan Williams' most successful work in the concerto format, the Oboe Concerto, is simultaneously virtuosic, lyrical and nostalgic, while Elgar's technically demanding modern concerto grosso challenges the whole band and especially its solo quartet.
4th November 2016 [YAS]

Joseph Shiner clarinet
Somi Kim piano



Dance Preludes


Divertimento No. 2 in B flat K4


Piece en forme de habanera
Rachmaninov Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14


Concertino in E flat Op. 26
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. Weber's Concertino demonstrates the composer's pioneering virtuoso clarinet writing while the arrangements of hugely popular Ravel and Rachmaninov vocalises show off the instrument's melodic qualities and Lutoslawski's Dance Preludes transform Polish folk dance rhythms into pieces of extraordinary energy and vitality.
11th November 2016 [YAS]

Ke Ma piano

Clara Schumann

Prelude and Fugue in F sharp minor

Lili Boulanger

D'un soir triste and D'un jardin clair


Variations on a theme on Chopin Op. 22
Multiple prize-winner Ke Ma made her Purcell Room debut in July 2015 in a Musicians' Company concert. She also won the Company's Harriet Cohen Bach prize in 2014. Her enterprising programme, typical of her adventurous spirit, explores two of the most original female composers and Rachmaninov's momentual variations on Chopin's famous C minor Prelude.
18th November 2016 [YAS]

Laura Jurd trumpet
Elliot Galvin piano
Conor Chaplin double bass
Corrie Dick drums

The Laura Jurd Quartet
With four startlingly original CDs already to her credit, Laura Jurd has made a remarkable impact on the UK jazz scene. In 2015 Laura received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for 'Instrumentalist of the Year' and in the past has been shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award and received The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and their Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award. Of one of her live gigs, John Fordham in The Guardian noted that Laura 'stretched critics and musicians' repertoire of superlatives with this sophisticated and technically awesome session - on memorable originals with folk and contemporary-classical connections, delivered with the assurance of a budding trumpet-improvising original.'
Part of The Musicians' Company Jazz programme
Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
25th November 2016 [YAS]

Huw Wiggin saxophone
James Sherlock piano



Tableaux de Provence

Grieg (arr. Wiggin)

Air from Holberg Suite Op. 40

Schumann (arr. Liszt)


J S Bach

Sonata in G Minor

Pedro Iturralde

Pequena Czarda
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 in 2015 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 and Pedro Iturralde. 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.

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Latest update: 30 June 2016
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