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

We look forward to welcoming audiences to our concerts in St Bartholomew the Great.

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 of this page but may be subject to change according to Government regulations at the time of the concerts.

Doors open at 12.30pm.
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
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 if you develop Covid-19 symptoms or test positive
within 7 days of the concert.
We will continue to review the situation and adapt these measures where necessary to respond to any changes in Government guidance.


Printed programmes
Printed programmes will be available at the concerts.

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 Autumn series begins with two tributes to St Bartholomew the Great, the generous host of City Music Society concerts since 2016. As part of the church’s 900th anniversary our series explores music from significant periods in its history and its close connection with the works of J S Bach. But, as always, our exceptional young artists bring music of great diversity to our audiences, from the ancient to the modern, revealing the beauties of rarely performed and innovative compositions.

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.


21st September 2023

Daniel Gethin director
Part of the Great St Bart’s 900 Festival. (


Music by Hildegard de Bingen, William Byrd, John Sheppard, Christopher Tye, Thomas Tallis, Anna Semple, Roxanna Panufnik and Leslie East  
The vocal ensemble HEXAD will conjure up a magical atmosphere performing music associated with the most significant periods in the history of St Bartholomew the Great from the 12th century when the church was established, from the times before and after the dissolution of the monastery in the 16th century (including a celebration of William Byrd’s 400th anniversary), to three 21st-century works to reflect St Bartholomew’s deep commitment to contemporary art.


28th September 2023

Adrian Butterfield director
Sofia Kirwan-Baez soprano
Charlotte Kennedy soprano
Alexandria Moon alto
Benedict Munden tenor
Daniel Barrett bass

Part of the Great St Bart’s 900 Festival. (

J.S. Bach
Kyrie and Gloria from Mass in B minor BWV232

As a special tribute to St Bartholomew the Great on its 900th anniversary and to its renowned Director of Music Paul Steinitz (1909-1988), The Musicians’ Company annual celebration of Bach takes on one of the composer’s most monumental works. It is likely that the whole Missa was never performed in public during Bach’s lifetime, but it is clear that many sections were used by the composer on various occasions. The first complete performance of the Mass in the UK was in 1876 by The Bach Choir. As director of the London Bach Society from 1946, Paul Steinitz frequently featured the Mass in his programmes.

Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians

The Worshipful Company of Musicians
The Society is also grateful to Bernard Jeffcote for his contribution to this concert.


5th October 2023

Ryan Corbett classical accordion


Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847
(Book One, The Well-Tempered Clavier)


Prelude and Fugue in G sharp minor, BWV 887
(Book Two, The Well-Tempered Clavier)

Arne Nordheim



Tarantella Op.77 No.6


Ave Maria



Albin Repnikov


Born in Scotland, Ryan Corbett studied at the Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow. In 2022 he was awarded the Keyboard Prize, first prize and gold medal at the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition. He is the first accordionist to be part of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist scheme. He has given solo concerts throughout Europe.

Today’s artist is sponsored by The Tillett Trust
as part of its DEBUT programme.
Tillett Trust


12th October 2023

Conrad Chatterton Baritone
Joshua Pizzoferro French horn

David Palmer piano

Sonata in F minor for French horn and piano Op.17
Robert Saxton
Thomas Metcalf
The Lights of London
In der Fremde
The Sally Gardens
It was a lover and his lass
Im Abendrot
Robert Saxton 70th birthday concert
The distinguished composer Robert Saxton is known not only for his outstanding compositions but also for his enlightened encouragement of young composers. This birthday tribute concert features a major work by Saxton alongside one by Thomas Metcalf, who studied with Robert in Oxford. His work for baritone, horn and piano was an award winner in The Musicians’ Company’s Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize in 2022.

19th October 2023

Emanuil Ivanov piano

Emanuil Ivanov
3 Sonatas
Sonata in E Op.109
Sonata No. 7 in B flat Op.83
Born in Bulgaria, Emanuil Ivanov attracted international attention after receiving the first prize at the 2019 Ferruccio Busoni Piano Competition in Italy. Following studies in his home country Emanuil entered the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the tutelage of Pascal Nemirovski and Anthopnyn Hewitt. While a student there he has been awarded The Musicians’ Company Silver medal and its Carnwath Piano scholarship.


26th October 2023
Gonçalo Maia Caetano guitar

Maia Caetano guitar
Overture in B flat
J S Bach
Sinfonia (from BWV826)
Invocation and Dance
La Gran Sarabanda
Sonata para guitarra
Born in the Portuguese city of Coimbra, Gonçalo Maia Caetano started learning the guitar at the age of seven at the Academia de Música de Pinhel, eventually going on to study at the Conservatório de Música S. José da Guarda and then the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was supported by a Musicians' Company Award.  In May 2023 he won the Company’s most prestigious award, The Prince’s Prize, in a public competition.


2nd November 2023

RCM String Band
Mark Messenger director
Katie Bunney saxophone

Mark Messenger


Elegy Op.58


Saxophone Concerto in E flat Op.109


Concerto for String Orchestra

For its annual visit the Royal College of Music’s String Band give an opportunity to one of their prize-winning soloists in Glazunov’s deeply Romantic concerto for the saxophone. Grażyna Bacewicz’s String Orchestra Concerto was written in the aftermath of the second world war, an exciting, energetic work with a beautiful slow movement, while Elgar created his Elegy in memory of a warden of The Musicians’ Company who died suddenly in 1909.


9th November 2023

Harry Rylance piano

Harry Rylance
Stephen Hough
Fanfare Toccata
Freya Waley-Cohen
Southern Leaves
Fantasy on The Marriage of Figaro
Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Tannhäuser Overture
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Harry Rylance was awarded The Musicians’ Company’s Silver Medal in 2020 as the most distinguished Academy student for that year. Since then he has worked as Repetiteur Fellow in the RAM Opera School and has held a Chamber Music Fellowship there. Liszt’s brilliant transcriptions of Wagner will demonstrate Harry’s superb technique and musicianship.


16th November 2023

Kleio Quartet
Yume Fujise violin
Katherine Yoon violin
Jenny Lewisohn viola
Eliza Millett cello

Kleio Quartet


Quartet in G minor Op.74 No.3 (‘Rider’)


Quartet No.9 in C Op.59 No.3 (‘Razumovsky’)
Winners of the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition in 2023, the Kleio Quartet have been praised as ‘a wonderfully creative group…who bring assuredness and freshness to everything they play’. Since forming in 2019 at the Seiji Ozawa Chamber Academy the quartet has played in major venues in the UK, Germany and Denmark. They are currently City Music Foundation artists and will be Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for 2023/24..


23rd November 2023

Please note that there is no concert on this date


30th November 2023

Linda Hirst director

Photo: James Keates
Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell'amata
Five Irish Songs
Maxwell Davies
O Magnum Mysterium
The intriguing title of Trinity Laban Conservatoire’s vocal ensemble was inspired by a Siberian rubythroat whose birdsong was transcribed to create a piece for Linda Hirst. Linda now explores repertoire that like the bird’s song is rarely heard but links old and new and particularly the lasting influence of Monteverdi on contemporary composers.


Concerts resume on Thursday 18th January 2024 at 1.05pm at
St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE.
Thursday 18th January 2024 at 1.05pm

Ormonde Ensemble

Ormonde Ensemble
Valerie Coleman
Mélanie Bonis
Scènes de la forêt
Eugène Bozza 
Trois Pièces Pour Une Musique de Nuit
Quintet in E flat for Piano and Winds, K. 452
Our Spring series starts with one of Mozart’s most delightful works, described by the composer as ‘the best thing I have written in my life’. A pupil of Franck and contemporary of Debussy, the music of Mélanie Bonis is full of beautiful imagery while Bozza provides atmospheric pieces for woodwind quartet.

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Latest update: 07 August 2023