CITY MUSIC SOCIETY
Lunchtime Concerts
Thursdays at 1.05 pm at St Bartholomew the Great,
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE


SPECIAL NOTICE
We look forward to welcoming audiences to our concerts in St Bartholomew the Great after an absence of over a year.

This Notice contains important information about our concerts and the Covid-related measures that will be in place.
If you intend to attend a concert, it is important that you observe and adhere to these measures.


Note: The following arrangements were in place at the time of posting on this site
but may be subject to change according to Government regulations at the time of the concerts.


Our concerts are not ticketed but we ask anyone attending to register their names and phone numbers on the sheets provided
as you enter the church.

This is in case you need to be contacted after the concert in the event of a member of the audience,
a performer or a member of staff contracting the virus.

Doors open at 12.30pm. Please try to arrive early so that the registration does not delay the start of the concert.
We reserve the right to check your temperature as you enter the church.

We respectfully ask you NOT to attend if:

  • you or anyone in your household are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 (raised temperature, new persistent cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, breathlessness or loss of/change to your sense of taste or smell)

  • you have in the last 14 days been contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a 'close contact' to someone experiencing COVID-19

  • you have visited any country outside the UK in the last 14 days and been required by the UK authorities to quarantine on return.

In addition we ask you to:

  • wear a face covering at all times in the church (unless you are exempt)

  • sanitise your hands on arrival

  • maintain social distancing from others who are not in your household

  • refrain from gathering with others who are not in your household

  • follow one-way signs and indications from our stewards

  • keep your belongings to a minimum and with you at all times

  • notify us by email to leslie.east1@btopenworld.com if you develop Covid-19 symptoms or test positive within 7 days of the concert. 

Our Covid-19 measures

For everyone’s safety and in line with current Government guidance, we have carried out a thorough risk assessment. Our aim is to minimise exposure to risk as far as possible so that you can focus on enjoying the music. We will continue to review the situation and adapt these measures where necessary to respond to any changes in Government guidance.

Audience safety measures include:

  • Socially-distanced seating –you will be directed to sit in specific areas

  • A one-way system and queue management

  • Temperature checks on entry

  • Hand sanitiser stations on entry

  • Asking all attendees to wear face-coverings at all times in the church (unless exempt)

  • Regular ventilation

Test and Trace

  • To support the NHS Test and Trace system we will need to keep a temporary record of your contact details and pass this on to NHS Test and Trace if required. Details we collect for this purpose will be kept securely and destroyed by us after 21 days.

  • Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and above all hope you enjoy the concerts.

    Printed programmes
    Printed programmes will be available at the concerts. These will not have been touched by hand before being given to you.

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.


A ‘magnificently theatrical’ Bach cantata signals the return of the Society’s concerts on 16th September, heralding the series’ celebration of young talent.

A collection is made at the end of each Young Artists concert to help finance future City Music Society Young Artists concerts.

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.

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16th September 2021

THE MUSICIANS’ COMPANY CONSORT
Adrian Butterfield director/violin
Charlotte Bowden soprano
Hugh Cutting alto
Michael Bell tenor
Jamie Woollard baritone

Andres Villa Lobos oboe

Adrian Butterfield Adrian Butterfield director/violin

J S Bach
Cantata: Es reißet euch ein schrecklich Ende BWV90 
J S Bach
Oboe Concerto in G minor BWV 1056
J S Bach
Cantata: Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir  BWV29 
Our annual celebration of J S Bach’s genius this year contrasts two cantatas with one of the composer’s most beguiling concertos. 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.
Company of Musicians
Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
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23rd September 2021

YUKO SANO piano

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CHURCH NO LONGER BEING AVAILABLE. YUKO SANO'S CONCERT WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN 2022.
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30th September 2021

ECHĖA QUARTET
Rosa Hartley violin
Aliayta Foon-Dancoes violin
Otoha Tabata viola
Eliza Millett cello


Echea Quartet
Kurtág
Officium Breve in Memoriam Andreae Szervánszky Op. 28
Haydn
String Quartet in D minor (Fifths) Op. 76 No. 2 

Formed in 2017 the Echéa Quartet were recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Chamber Music Prize in 2019/20. In 2020 they became Yeoman Young Artists of The Musicians’ Company and the quartet has been supported by both the Concordia and the City Music Foundations. Frequent visitors to festivals in the UK and abroad, the group has a special interest in music of the 20th and 21st centuries and is an enthusiastic commissioner of new works.

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7th October 2021

Amy Holyland mezzo
Kate De Campos viola
Elizabeth Rossiter piano

Amy Holyland, Kate de Campos, Elizabeth Rossiter (L to R) Amy Holyland, Kate de Campos, Elizabeth Rossiter
J S Bach
Chromatic Fantasy BWV903 for solo viola
Joanna Ward
cuts, round, slow-moving for voice, viola and piano (second performance) Winner of The Musicians’ Company Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize 2019
Wolf
Mein Liebster singt am Haus im Mondenscheine
Wolf
Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen
Wolf
Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich geladen
Wolf
Benedeit die sel'ge Mutter
Brahms
Von ewiger Liebe Op. 43 No. 1
Brahms
Zwei Gesang Op. 91 for voice, viola and piano

The Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize was set up in 2012 to encourage the creation of new works by young composers. Joanna Ward’s 2019 winning work sets a poem by Amy Lowell describing London at night. Three outstanding artists – two current postgraduates at the Guildhall and Guildhall alumna and former Musicians’ Company Yeoman, Elizabeth Rossiter – have come together to create a programme that compliments and contrasts with the new work.

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14th October 2021
de Kooning Ensemble
De KOONING ENSEMBLE
Jessica Meakin violin
Freya Hicks viola
Evie Coplan cello
Lewis Bell piano
Mozart Quartet in E flat K493
Suk Piano Quartet in A minor Op. 1
Winners of The Ivan Sutton Award 2021
After a year’s absence the competition for the City Music Society-sponsored prize for piano-based ensembles at the Guildhall School took place in May 2021 and was won with an atmospheric performance of the little-known Opus 1 of Josef Suk, son-in-law of Dvořák and grandfather of the acclaimed violinist of the same name. The winning group took their name from the Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist Willem de Kooning and currently continue their studies at GSMD.
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21st October 2021

ANTONINA SUHANOVA piano

Antonina Suhanova Photo credit - Sintija Sandore

Mozart

Variations on ‘Salve tu Domine’ K398

Knussen

Prayer Bell Sketch Op. 29
Schubert
Sonata in A minor D845
Latvian pianist Antonina Suhanova made her concerto debut aged eight and followed her studies in Riga with tutelage under Ronan O’Hora at the Guildhall School where she was a finalist in the Gold Medal Competition in 2016. An experienced recitalist, she made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2018 and was awarded a Maisie Lewis concert in the Purcell Room by The Musicians’ Company. In her programme she includes a hauntingly beautiful study by Oliver Knussen, written in memory of the Japanese composer, Toro Takemitsu.
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28th October 2021

RCM STRING BAND
Mark Messenger director
Haim Choi violin
Ana Dunne Sequi viola

Marc Messenger, director

Tchaikovsky

Souvenir de Florence Op. 7

Mozart

Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K364
Two joyful and sunny works grace the Royal College of Music’s String Band programme as appropriate for the RCM’s most youthful ensemble.
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4th November 2021

MICHAEL BUTTEN guitar

Michael Butten Photo Credit: Tim Ellis

John Dowland

Praeludium, Fantasia, Lachrimae Pavan, Queen Elizabeth’s Galliard

John McLeod

Fantasy on themes from Britten’s ‘Gloriana’

Dowland

Sir John Smith’s Almain, Can She Excuse, Lord Strang’s March, Tremolo Fancy

Arnold

Fantasy

Dowland

Frog Galliard
Winner of The Musicians’ Company New Elizabethan Award 2020
The New Elizabethan Award celebrates the rare artistic achievement in solo and ensemble repertoire of composers for lute and guitar during the two golden ages of Elizabethan music. Marking the centenary of Malcolm Arnold’s birth, Michael Butten contrasts his ebullient Fantasy with a rich collection of John Dowland’s lute pieces and rounds it off with John McLeod’s explorations of the ‘quasi-lute-song’ themes from Benjamin Britten’s 1953 tragic history of Elizabeth I.
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11th November 2021

LES BOUGIES BAROQUES
Ian Peter Bugeja director and fortepiano

W F Bach

Sinfonia in D, BR C-Inc.16
J C Bach
Quintet in A Op. 11, No. 5, WB74

C P E Bach

Sinfonia in E, Wq.182/6 H662
J C F Bach
Keyboard Concerto in A, BR C30
Sons of Bach
Les Bougies Baroques is an international vocal and period instrument ensemble founded in November 2012 by Maltese conductor-harpsichordist/fortepianist Ian Peter Bugeja. The ensemble specialises in vocal and instrumental repertoire from the late sixteenth century through the beginning of the nineteenth century on period instruments and period instrument reproductions. Les Bougies Baroques represents the new generation of music-making in the 'baroque spirit’, with its 'new pioneers’ illuminating the path to contemporary enlightenment through the medium of earlier music. In this spirit the music of Johann Sebastian’s talented sons is explored in works that encompass the fascinating stylistic transition from baroque to classical eras.
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18th November 2021

TRINITY LABAN CHAMBER CHOIR
Hilary Campbell conductor

Hilary Campbell, conductor
Music Wakes From Silence: In celebration of music and joy

Vaughan Williams

Silence and Music
Lassus
Music Dei donum optimi (a 6)

Lili Boulanger

Hymne au Soleil
Holst
The Evening Watch
The Trinity Laban Chamber Choir’s new conductor, Hilary Campbell, welcomes the return of choral singing in a programme that contrasts reflective, contemplative choir songs with solos by the very talented singers of Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Acclaimed for her work with the professional choir she founded, Blossom Street, Hilary enjoys a wide-ranging career, conducting, composing and teaching.

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For further information about these concerts please contact
citymusicsociety@btopenworld.com

Latest update: 22 August 2021
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