City Music Foundation announces new Lunchtime Concert series
If you’ve been attending CMF’s lunchtime concert series recently, you will have heard that the North Wing, including the Great Hall, at Barts is in need of major work. Our friends at Barts Heritage have announced that the building will be closed for conservation from July for around 18 months. You can find out more about the Sharing Historic Barts programme on their website.
We are delighted to announce that we are therefore taking our lunchtime concerts ‘on tour’ until the rejuvenation is completed. In keeping with our City of London roots, we’ve worked hard to secure access to some of London’s best kept secrets: livery halls.
These unique spaces, steeped in centuries of tradition and history, are seldom opened to the public, so alongside hearing some of the best up-and-coming musicians working in the UK today, you can also take a peek behind the curtain at some of the City’s inner workings.
Tickets are only available in advance via City Music Foundation’s website.
Wednesday 12th July, 1pm
This concert, from Mikeleiz-Zucchi Duo (accordion and saxophone), 2022 CMF Artists, will take audiences on a fascinating musical journey beginning in late 16th century Germany with a suite from Michael Praetorius. We then journey to more modern times with jazz works by Gershwin and Sidney Bechet. Completing the programme, the Duo will take us into the sultry tango clubs of Argentina with one of Piazzolla’s most iconic works, the virtuosic and heady Histoire du Tango. It’s the perfect concoction for a summer’s afternoon.
Wednesday 13th September, 1pm
Jonathan Eyers performs with City Music Foundation’s Pianist-in-Residence, Sebastian Issler. Together they explore works by Korngold, Finzi and Loewe.
Monday 16th October, 1pm
A 2022 City Music Foundation artist, Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Artiste en Résidence, Frankfurt Ensemble Modern Academy and London Contemporary soloists member, London-based French violinist Emmanuel Coppey is building a promising concert career.
Wednesday 29th November, 1pm
In today’s lunchtime concert, Kleio Quartet perform two beautiful quartets from well-known composers. First on the menu is Verdi’s only surviving chamber work, a String Quartet written during a performance of Aida in Naples. Finishing the concert is Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3 in D major. It was actually the first string quartet the composer wrote, and is one of the gentlest in his early music.
Monday 11th December, 1pm
Tallow Chandlers’ Hall
Claire Ward is a British/Irish soprano based in London. In 2022 Claire became an Opera Prelude Young Artist and returned to perform with Opera Holland Park in the chorus of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.