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
Lawrence Power & Friends
> Thu 27 Oct: Lawrence Power
> Thu 3 Nov: Lawrence Power/Paul Watkins/Simon Crawford-Phillips
> Thu 10 Nov: Vilde Frang/Lawrence Power/Nicolas Altstaedt
> Thu 17 Nov: Lawrence Power/Sarah Connolly
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
Elgar Up Close
Four concerts of chamber and string orchestra works by British composers.
Tue 10 May: Elias Quartet/Huw Watkins
Recorded Thu 28 Apr
Wed 11 May: LSO String Ensemble
Recorded Thu 21 Apr
Thu 12 May: Jennifer Pike
Recorded Thu 14 Apr
Fri 13 May: Elias Quartet
Recorded Thu 5 May