BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

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.

2015/16 season

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All concerts start at 1pm

Autumn 2015: Chopin, Liszt & Bartók
Performances by five great pianists of music to complement the Valery Gergiev's Bartók series with the LSO at the Barbican Hall. 
> Thu 8 Oct: Ingolf Wunder
> Thu 29 Oct: Alice Sara Ott
> Thu 5 Nov: Ashley Wass
> Thu 26 Nov: Maria João Pires & Ashot Khachatourian

Broadcast 1–4 December 2015 at 1pm on BBC Radio 3

Autumn 2015: London Resounding
Explore the musical world of 17th- and 18th-century London in this series which promises fascinating discoveries and rich, historical sounds. Find out about the capital’s vibrant musical past and the era’s most influential figures, and, above all, enjoy performances by some of Europe’s leading Early Music specialists.
> Thu 15 Oct: Florilegium
> Thu 22 Oct: Ronald Brautigam
> Thu 12 Nov: Fretwork
> Thu 19 Nov: Musica ad Rhenum

Broadcast 24–27 November 2015 at 1pm on BBC Radio 3

January 2016: Shakespeare 400
2016 marks the quatercentenary of the death of one of Britain's greatest playwrights. Join us as we mark the occasion with four special programmes inspired by the literary master.
Thu 7 Jan: Gould Piano Trio
Thu 14 Jan: Iestyn Davies & Elizabeth Kenny
Thu 21 Jan: James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook
Thu 28 Jan: BBC Singers

February 2016: Pavel Haas Quartet residency
The multi award-winning Czech quartet returns with guests for a four-concert residency.
Thu 4 Feb: Smetana
Thu 11 Feb: Prokofiev & Bartók
Thu 18 Feb: Shostakovich
Thu 25 Feb: Schubert

April/May 2016: Elgar Up Close
Four concerts of chamber and string orchestra works to complement the LSO's concerts at the Barbican Hall in the Spring.
Thu 14 Apr: Jennifer Pike
Thu 21 Apr: LSO String Ensemble
Thu 28 Apr: Elias Quartet/Huw Watkins
Thu 5 May: Elias Quartet

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)
A music-themed guided walk exploring the City of London during Shakespeare's time. You'll visit sites and monuments connected with the Bard, concentrating on the importance of music and song in his works and Shakespeare as an inspiration to various composers with links to the City.

Tickets: £25 plus booking fee*
Ticket includes the walk, lunch in the LSO St Luke's Café and a ticket to the concert. Call the Barbican Box Office on 020 7638 8891 and ask for the 'Walk & Talk ticket' to the concert.

*£0.70 booking fee per phone transaction. No fee when tickets are booked in person. Click here for more information on booking fees

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