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

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
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

February 2016: Pavel Haas Quartet residency
Unfortunately, due to the serious illness of the wife of one of the members of the Pavel Haas Quartet, the group have had to cancel all of their February concert engagements at short notice. The Quartet are very sorry to be disappointing their greatly valued audience in the UK. 

The LSO sends its thoughts to the Pavel Haas Quartet at this difficult time, and is very grateful to the following quartets for filling in at extremely short notice at LSO St Luke’s.

Thu 4 Feb 2016
Smetana String Quartet No 1 (‘From my Life’)
Janácek String Quartet No 1 (‘Kreutzer Sonata’)

Škampa Quartet

Thu 11 Feb 2016
Suk Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn 'St Wenceslas'
Janácek String Quartet No 2 (‘Intimate Letters’)
Pavel Fischer String Quartet No 1 (‘Morava’)

Škampa Quartet

Thu 18 Feb 2016

Shostakovich String Quartet No 10
Shostakovich Piano Quintet

Carducci Quartet
Denis Kozhukhin piano

Thu 25 Feb 2016
Schubert String Quintet

Royal String Quartet
Guy Johnston cello

Please note that this has resulted in changes to the programmes on 4 and 11 February.

On 4 February, the Škampa Quartet will now play Janácek’s String Quartet No 1, in place of Smetana’s String Quartet No 2. On 11 February, the Škampa Quartet will play a programme of Suk, Janácek and Pavel Fischer, in place of Prokofiev’s String Quartet No 1 and Bartók’s String Quartet No 5.

The programmes on 18 and 25 February remain unchanged.

On 25 February, cellist Guy Johnston joins the Royal String Quartet, in place of Danjulo Ishizaka, who was originally scheduled to perform with the Pavel Haas Quartet.

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; 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

Audience waiting for BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert

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