Free concerts at LSO St Luke's
Want to know more about classical music but not sure where to start?
Make the most of your lunchbreak and enjoy a free, 45-minute informal concert at LSO St Luke’s. With live performances and introductions from presenter Rachel Leach, these free concerts are the perfect opportunity to learn more about music and the instruments of the orchestra, so just turn up and enjoy!
During autumn and spring, we’re exploring music performed by duos; two musical voices weaving and merging through contemporary and classical compositions. Featuring strings, percussion, brass and keys, this is a series of electrifying performances from musicians pushed to new heights by the energy of their partners.
Then, as we mark 100 years of female suffrage in the UK, we celebrate some of the pioneering women in classical music over the last century – from figures like Ethel Smyth, who campaigned for the vote, equal rights and recognition a hundred years ago, to Judith Weir, one of the leading composers of today.
Each concert begins at 12.30pm and lasts for 45 minutes. The Café is open for light refreshments before the concert from 11.30am and after the concert until 2pm. The concerts are suitable for those over the age of 5.
Twice a term we put on Relaxed Performances, 11.15-11.45am. These are open to everyone and are particularly suitable for individuals or groups who feel more comfortable in a more relaxed environment. The performances are often attended by parents with young children, individuals with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities. Audience members are free to leave and re-enter the room at any point, and we are relaxed about noise and movement during the music.
There's no need to book, the concerts are free and you can just turn up on the day. To avoid disappointment please arrive in good time to get a seat, as these concerts are popular!
For more information or for group bookings please contact Cressida Griffth:
All concerts start at 12.30pm
Music from Kaija Saariaho, pioneering British composer – and suffragette campaigner – Dame Ethel Smyth, and the influential composer and teacher Nadia Boulanger, played by LSO Principal Cello Rebecca Gilliver and pianist Sophia Rahman.
Sarah Quinn, the LSO’s Sub-Principal Second Violin, leads a performance of folk-inspired violin duos by Judith Weir, the first ever female Master of the Queen’s Music, and music by Charlotte Bray and Ethel Smyth.
A celebration of Rebecca Clarke, a composer, viola-player and one of the first musicians to perform in a professional orchestra, featuring her Viola Sonata with LSO violist Lander Echevarria.
Talented Guildhall School singers and pianists close the series with a journey through songs by female composers.
LSO Friday Lunchtime Concerts are generously supported by LSO Friends.