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 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 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.

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. The Society continues its close association with London conservatoires with visits by the RCM Wind Ensemble and the Trinity Laban String Ensemble, and our series also features outstanding prizewinners from the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The Free Winter Series is promoted by the City of London Corporation and presented by the City of London Festival, City Music Society and the City of London Sinfonia. Details of other concerts in the series are available at

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


15th January 2016 [YAS]

Sara Trickey violin
Gregor Riddell cello
Clare Hammond piano

Haydn Trio No. 25 in G, HobXV: 25 'Gypsy Rondo'


Piano Trio No. 5 in D, Op. 70 'Ghost'
After studies at Cambridge University and IMS Prussia Cove, and extensive chamber music experience with a number of ensembles, Sara, Gregor and Clare established the Odysseus Piano Trio. While their repertoire encompasses core works for trio, they also aim to seek out less familiar pieces and to bring them to new audiences. Their debut season in 2015 saw them perform at venues across the UK, including St David's Hall in Cardiff, and the Deal, Frome, Llandeilo and Rye Festivals.
22nd January 2016 [FWS]

Oliver Lewis violin
Roy Howat piano



Sonata (1897)
Fauré Sonata Op. 108



The electric violin playing of Oliver Lewis and the refined pianism of Ravel and Fauré scholar Roy Howat combine in this programme of beautiful French melodies and exciting gypsy rhythms. These two outstanding artists play Ravel's little-known first Sonata and his exhibitionist Tzigane, either side of Fauré's introspective late masterpiece.

29th January 2016 [YAS]

Simon Channing director


Serenade in C minor K388
Janácek Mládí (Youth)

Richard Strauss

Serenade in E flat Op. 7

Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles, the Royal College of Music brings its Wind Ensemble, in its annual concert for the Society, to present three significant works - the 17-year-old Richard Strauss's first orchestral success, the 70-year-old Leoš Janácek's reminiscence of his own youth, and the 26-year-old Mozart's first major C minor composition, called 'Nacht musique' by the composer and written, like so many of his works, in great haste.

5th February 2016 [YAS]

Rosie Bowker flute
Mireia González Ricart oboe
Chris Hatton clarinet
Chihiro Kashiwakura bassoon
Molly Flanagan horn
Ella Luhtasaari piano

Winners of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize, 2015
Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik Op. 24 No. 2


L'heure du berger
Poulenc Sextuor for piano and wind quintet
The latest winners of the Sutton Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama present a programme of attractive and exhilarating music as part of their award. This multinational group plays Poulenc's exuberant, witty Sextet, one of the composer's most popular works, along with Françaix's character sketches of Parisian café life and Hindemith's lighthearted and humorous 'little chamber music'.
12th February 2016 [FWS]

Joe Bolger countertenor
Richard MacKenzie lute

Lovecraft: Songs by Purcell, Dowland, Caccini, Monteverdi, Pilkington, Wilson and Stefani
Duo Seraphim perform an extensive repertoire for plucked strings and voice, everything from 16th-century villancicos to 19th-century lieder with a bit of '60s pop thrown in for good measure! In this case, the dynamic duo present bewitching songs from both ends of the 17th Century, extolling the pains and pleasures of love.
19th February 2016 [YAS]

Samantha Pearce flute
Heather Wrighton harp

Eric Falk Trust Concert
Mozart Andante
Fauré Sicilienne


Bordel from History of Tango
Debussy Arabesque No.1
Donizetti Sonata for flute and harp

Andy Scott

Everything is still
Borne Carmen Fantasy
Friends since students at the Royal Academy of Music, Samantha Pearce and Heather Wrighton have developed a thriving partnership alongside their burgeoning solo careers. Now Selected Artists for the Making Music Concert Promoters' Group, the Acacia Duo loves exploring the highways and byways of the flute and harp repertoire, discovering gems like Donizetti's wonderfully operatic Sonata. Today's concert is presented in memory of Eric Falk, a former Vice-Chairman of City Music Society.
26th February 2016 [YAS]

Clare Presland mezzo-soprano
Simon Lepper piano


Four English Songs

   Head A Green Cornfield


Dream Valley
   Vaughan Williams Silent Noon


Go not Happy Day


Wesendonck Lieder
Falla Siete canciones populares Españolas
Deemed a 'major young artist with the potential to make an international impact,' Clare Presland was the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society Susan Chilcott Award winner. Already a regular soloist at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera, Clare has appeared recently in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and The Force of Destiny at ENO. Alongside this busy operatic career, Clare enjoys many engagements as a soloist and is a particularly gifted singer of English song such as the examples heard today. Simon Lepper is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished piano accompanists working in the UK today. His long list of collaborators includes Mark Padmore, Angelika Kirchschlager, Christopher Maltman and Elizabeth Watts.
 Presented with the support of The Royal Philharmonic Society
4th March 2016 [FWS]

Karl Lutchmayer piano


Two Bagatelles Op.1


Nuages Gris


Sonatina Seconda
Ravel Ondine


Après une Lecture du Dante
Respected pianist, teacher and scholar Karl Lutchmayer delivers virtuoso piano playing of the first order. Ferruccio Busoni, born almost exactly 150 years ago in April 1866, was one of the greatest 19th-century piano virtuosi. His enigmatic second Sonatina of 1911 provides a tantalizing link between Liszt's 'Dante' Fantasy Sonata and Ravel's ravishing evocation of a water fairy.
11th March 2016 [FWS]

Robert Plane clarinet
Alice Neary cello
Sophia Rahman piano



Sonata for clarinet, cello and piano


Première Rhapsody for clarinet and piano


Trio Op. 114
All distinguished soloists in their own right, Robert Plane, Alice Neary and Sophia Rahman nevertheless revel in the rarefied compositions for their combination. This 'consummate chamber ensemble' plays works of striking contrasts - John McCabe's dramatic 1969 Sonata and Brahms' late, intimate and reflective trio - separated by Debussy's gorgeous rhapsodic interlude, famously written as an exam test piece!
18th March 2016 [YAS]

Nic Pendlebury conductor

Matthew Locke

Suite from The Tempest
Fauré Shylock Nocturne From Suite, Op.57
Walton Henry V Suite

John Ashton Thomas

Variations on the Fourth Tune

Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
From their magnificent base in King Charles Court, part of the Greenwich World Heritage site, the senior string ensemble of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance makes a welcome return to a CMS series with a wonderful combination of new and old, memorable and atmospheric, challenging and tuneful.

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Latest update: 31 December 2015
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