BBC Radio 3 Concerts

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.

Each concert lasts approximately one hour.

The majority of our seats are no longer socially-distanced, however some rows of seats in the stalls remain configured in socially-distanced singles and pairs, for those that would prefer to use them. All seats are unallocated – you are free to sit wherever you wish.

Please note, following the recent Government guidance, all visitors must wear a face covering as a condition of entry, unless exempt or under 12. Find out more about how we're keeping our venue safe here.

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September 2022 to January 2023

One Pianist, One Composer


Thursday 15 September 1pm
One Pianist, One Composer: Simone Dinnerstein

Robert Schumann
Arabesque Op 18
Kreisleriana Op 16

Simone Dinnerstein piano


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Friday 16 September 1pm
One Piano, Pianist Composer: Elisabeth Leonskaja

Franz Schubert
Klavierstück No 1 in E-flat minor
Piano Sonata in B-flat major

Elizabeth Leonskaja piano



Thursday 29 September 1pm
One Pianist, One Composer: Bertrand Chamayou

Music by Franz Liszt including:
Extracts from Années de pèlerinage (Première année)
Après une lecture du Dante

Bertrand Chamayou piano



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Friday 28 October 1pm
One Pianist, One Composer: Christian Ihle Hadland

Music by Frédéric Chopin including:
Four Mazurkas Op 41
Twelve Études Op 25

Christian Ihle Hadland piano


Jazz Inflections


Friday 30 September 1pm
Jazz Inflections: Simon Höfele & Frank Dupree 

Olga Neuwirth Laki
George Gershwin An American in Paris
Daniel Schnyder Sonata
George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Elvis Costello/Chet Baker Almost Blue

Simon Höfele trumpet
Frank Dupree piano



Thursday 6 October 1pm
Jazz Inflections: Joanna MacGregor

Samuel Barber Four Excursions
Chick Corea Selections from ‘Children’s Songs’
Mary Lou Williams arr MacGregor Miss D.D.; Aries and Scorpio from ‘Zodiac Suite’; Ghost of Love
William Grant Still Mystic Pool;Out of the Silence
Joanna MacGregor Blackbird;Little Girl Blue; Good Bait

Joanna MacGregor piano



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Thursday 13 October 1pm
Jazz Inflections: Jess Gillam

Programme to be announced

Jess Gillam saxophone




Friday 21 October 1pm
Jazz Inflections: Aleksey Semenenko

Maurice Ravel Violin Sonata
Tony Schemmer Sandor’s Ballad
Aaron Copland Two Pieces for Violin and Piano
George Gershwin arr Heifetz Porgy and Bess – Suite

Aleksey Semenenko violin
Inna Firsova piano



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Thursday 19 January 1pm
Beethoven: Pavel Kolesnikov & Samson Tsoy

Ludwig van Beethoven
   Eight Variations on a Theme by Count Waldstein
   Six Variations on the Song ‘Ich denke dein’ 

Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Samson Tsoy


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Thursday 26 January 1pm
Beethoven: Ilker Arcayürek &Simon Lepper

Ludwig van Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte
   & other selected songs
Felix Mendelssohn Selected songs
Reynaldo Hahn La barcheta

Ilker Arcayürek tenor
Simon Lepper piano


Friday 27 January 1pm
Beethoven: Anastasia Kobekina

Robert Schumann Five Pieces in Folk Style
Vladimir Kobekin Fuga temporis: variations on a theme by Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No 3 in A major

Anastasia Kobekina cello
Luka Okros piano


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Thursday 2 February 1pm
Beethoven: Quatuor Modigliani

Joaquín Turina String Quartet Op 34, ‘The Bullfighter’s Prayer’
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet Op 59 No 1, ‘Razumovsky’

Quatuor Modigliani


Tickets cost £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s) + booking fee of £0.60 when booking online.

Book any four or more concerts for £10 each.

Concession tickets are not eligible for the multibuy discount as discounts cannot be combined. All four concerts must be booked from the same season for the discount to apply.

Audience waiting for BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert

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