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

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
Broadcast Thu 12 May 2016
Thu 21 Apr: LSO String Ensemble
Broadcast Wed 11 May 2016
Thu 28 Apr: Elias Quartet/Huw Watkins
Broadcast Tue 10 May 2016
Thu 5 May: Elias Quartet
Broadcast Fri 13 May 2016

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; all four concerts must be from the same season for discounts to apply).

* £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 and discounts

Forthcoming broadcasts

January 2016: Shakespeare 400 (BROADCAST APRIL 2016)
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
Broadcast Tue 26 Apr 2016
Thu 14 Jan: Iestyn Davies & Elizabeth Kenny
Broadcast Wed 27 Apr 2016
Thu 21 Jan: James Gilchrist & Anna Tilbrook
Broadcast Fri 29 Apr 2016
Thu 28 Jan: BBC Singers
Broadcast Thu 28 Apr 2016


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