CITY MUSIC SOCIETY
Lunchtime Concerts
Tuesdays 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.     

Dances, Richard Strauss, John Dowland, and Anthony Payne are the threads which run through the City Music Society Spring series, spicing a programme that, as always, features some of the greatest chamber music - by Beethoven, Schubert, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Haydn and Brahms
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The Free Winter Series returns, sponsored by the City of London and organised in association with the City of London Festival and City of London Sinfonia. The City's continuing munificence enables the Society to present concerts by more established artists alongside our up and coming young musicians.

The Free Winter Series concerts are funded and promoted by the City of London and administered by the City Arts Trust.

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!

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

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14th January 2014 [YAS]

GILDAS STRING QUARTET
CHRISTOPHER JONES violin
SOPHIE CAMERON violin
KAY STEPHENS viola
ANNA MENZIES cello

Haydn Quartet in F Op. 77 No. 2 H.III.82

Elgar

Quartet in E minor Op. 83
Park Lane Group Young Artists and winners of a Tunnell Trust Concert Award for 2013, the Gildas Quartet has performed widely across the UK and Europe. Alumni of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, they made their Purcell Room debut in January 2013 and have appeared as artists at the West Cork and the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festivals, Altenberger Kultursommer in Germany and the European Festival of Music and the Arts in Montepulciano.
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21st January 2014 [FWS]

POMEGRANATE PIANO TRIO
FENELLA BARTON violin
REBECCA HEWES cello
ROBIN GREEN piano

Anthony Payne

Piano Trio

Beethoven

Trio in D Op. 70 No. 1 (Ghost)

A new combination of exciting and experienced chamber musicians plays the first of two works by the outstanding British composer, Anthony Payne (see also 4 March). His 1997 Trio makes a vivid contrast with one of Beethoven's best-known works, with its eerily-scored slow movement.

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28th January 2014 [YAS]

GUILDHALL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ALEXANDER JANICZEK director/violin
LUBA TUNNICLIFFE viola


Photo: Colin Jackson

Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante K364
Dvorak Serenade in E Op. 22

Few violinists working today can equal the intellectual and musical breadth of Alexander Janiczek. "Spellbinding" (the Guardian), "truly astounding...a blistering performance" (the Herald), are typical of words with which the press attempt to describe both the heat of his skill on the instrument, and the deep-centered musicality that Janiczek brings to all his work. Now a professor at the Guildhall School, he directs from the concertmaster's desk two of the most sublime works in the orchestral repertoire.

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4th February 2014 [YAS]

BENJAMIN BAKER violin
ROBERT THOMPSON piano

 
Photos: Kaupo Kikkas

Schubert

Sonatina in D D384
Ernst The Last Rose of Summer (Étude No.6)
Richard Strauss Sonata Op. 18
Winner of the string section of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition in 2012, Benjamin Baker is obviously destined for great things. With Robert Thompson, a fellow YCAT Artist, he marks the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth with a work noted for its lyrical beauty and its technical demands on both players. New Zealand-born Baker studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Natasha Boyarsky and Felix Andrievsky. Thompson has previously performed for CMS with the Rhodes Trio and regularly collaborates with other YCAT artists such as Philip Higham and Thomas Gould.
  Presented with the support of the Royal Philharmonic Society
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11th February 2014 [FWS]

ELIZABETH KENNY & JACOB HERINGMAN lutes, theorbo & cittern

 

Musick's Delight

 
Two of Europe's leading lutenists celebrate the recent 450th anniversary of John Dowland's birth with pavans, galliards and popular song arrangements. At the forefront of authentic performance for many years, Kenny and Heringman have devised a programme that will both surprise and delight.
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18th February 2014 [YAS]

RCM WIND ENSEMBLES
SIMON CHANNING director

Reicha

Wind Quintet Op. 88

David Maslanka

Mountain Roads

Beethoven, arr. Robin O'Neill

Sonata Pathetique
Renowned for the quality of its many ensembles the Royal College of Music demonstrates in its annual concert for the Society the depth in strength of its wind department in this delightful combination of pieces.
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25th February 2014 [YAS]
REINIS ZARINŠ piano
Piano Dances  
A fascinating programme of dance pieces by composers as diverse as Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Graham Fitkin, Ginastera, Piazzolla, Smetana and Copland, climaxes with Ravel's La Valse, a fiendishly difficult transcription of the original orchestral ballet, described as 'a metaphor for the predicament of European civilization in the aftermath of the Great War'. Zarinš is one of the most outstanding pianists to have emerged from Latvia in recent years - the winner of top prizes in eleven international competitions.
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4th March 2014 [FWS]

JANE'S MINSTRELS
ROGER MONTGOMERY director


Photo: Jane Manning

Holst

Terzetto for flute, oboe and viola
Anthony Payne The Undiscovered Country (London Premiere)
Bridge Phantasie Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor
An exciting new work, inspired by one of Hamlet's most profound sayings, is complemented by pieces by two of Anthony Payne's favourite composers: Holst's only mature chamber work (written in three simultaneous keys!) and Bridge's gorgeous one-movement 'phantasie'.
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11th March 2014 [YAS]

TRINITY STRING ENSEMBLE
NICHOLAS PENDLEBURY director
ALEXSANDAR MILOSEV viola

Britten

Lachrymae
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
The rich chromatic language and lush textures of Schoenberg's tone poem contrast vividly with the orchestral version of Britten's astonishingly beautiful reflection on John Dowland's Come, heavy sleep, another tribute to Dowland on his 450th anniversary. 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 make a welcome return to Bishopsgate.
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18th March 2014 [FWS]

CORDELIA WILLIAMS piano

Ravel

Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Schumann Davidsbündlertänze Op. 6
Since becoming the Piano Winner of the BBC Young Musician 2006 Cordelia Williams has continued to build an outstanding international career and here heralds her forthcoming Schumann recording. Solo performance highlights have included debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Purcell Room as well as concerto appearances with many orchestras.
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25th March 2014 [YAS]

TRIO AMICORUM
HIKARU MATSUKAWA violin
GAMALIEL RENDLE-TRAYNOR cello
JONATHAN MORRIS piano

Haydn

Trio No. 44 in E major Hob. XV:28
Chausson Trio in G minor Op. 3
Awarded the Guildhall School's Ivan Sutton Prize in 2013, with a superb performance of Mendelssohn's second piano trio Op. 66, the Trio Amicorum was formed in 2011 and features three talented prize-winning musicians. They showcase the Ernest Chausson's youthful piano trio, a hidden treasure of great beauty and craftsmanship.
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1st April 2014 YAS]

EMERGENCE
MICHAEL TRAINOR violin
ROWAN BELL violin
ANNIE BEILBY viola
DAVID WIGRAM viola
JESSIE ANN RICHARDSON cello
REBECCA HERMAN cello

Richard Strauss

Prelude: Sextet from the opera 'Capriccio' Op. 85
Brahms Sextet in B flat op.18
This dynamic ensemble has sprung out of the Piatti Quartet that created such a sensation when they played for CMS in 2010. The rare emergence of a string sextet allows us to explore Strauss's remarkable prelude to his opera Capriccio as well as probably one of Brahms' finest chamber works.
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citymusicsociety@btopenworld.com

Latest update: 31 December 2013
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