BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts take place at 1pm on various Thursdays throughout the year and feature the finest chamber music performances from established performers and up-and-coming artists alike.
Since the building first opened in 2003, BBC Radio 3 have been presenting these concerts, which are recorded for broadcast at a later date, to ever-increasing numbers of people. Past seasons have included series of Bach sonatas and partitas, string quartets by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart, Chopin piano music, song cycles by Mendelssohn, Mahler and Schumann, Piano Variations, and a Stravinsky, Debussy and Prokofiev series. We have played host to residencies by the Brodsky Quartet and Nash Ensemble, and have welcomed young performers from the ECHO Rising Stars programme.
On Radio 3 lunchtime concert days the Café is open for a full lunch service from 12-3pm, provided by Kitchen of Kent. Each concert starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour.
All concerts start at 1pm
Autumn 2015: Chopin, Liszt & Bartók
Broadcast 1–4 December 2015 at 1pm on BBC Radio 3
Autumn 2015: London Resounding
Broadcast 24–27 November 2015 at 1pm on BBC Radio 3
January 2016: Shakespeare 400
February 2016: Pavel Haas Quartet residency
April/May 2016: Elgar Up Close
Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) plus booking fee* and can be booked online. Book any four concerts for £9 each (discount available on full price tickets only).
* £0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Click here for more information on booking fees
Guided Walks & Talks
New for the 2015/16 season, join Blue Badge Guide and Royal Academy Alumns Dafydd Wyn Phillips on these music-themed walks based on the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts' themes:
Thu 14 Jan 2016, 10am: If music be the food of love, walk on
Starts at Blackfriars Station (north entrance)
Tickets: £25 plus booking fee*
*£0.70 booking fee per phone transaction. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Click here for more information on booking fees