BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts take place at 1pm on various Fridays 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 BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert days the Café is open for light lunches and refreshments from 12–3pm. Each concert starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour.
NB all concerts take place on Fridays. All concerts start at 1pm, except for the Rush-Hour concerts on 3 & 24 May, starting 6.30pm, and the Vertavo String Quartet on 4 Oct, starting 7.30pm.
Beethoven & Tippett
Bach Up Close
Antoine Tamestit & Friends
2018/19 Season: Tickets cost £14 (£12 concessions) + booking fee*.
2019/2020 Season: Tickets cost £15 (£13 concessions) + booking fee*.
Book any four or more concerts for £10 each. Concession tickets are not eligible for the multi-buy discount as discounts cannot be combined. All four concerts must be booked from the same season for the discount 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