BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime 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 starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour.

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NB all concerts take place on Fridays. All concerts start at 1pm, except for the Rush-Hour concerts on 30 October and 6 November 2020.

Autumn 2020

We are delighted to return to LSO St Luke's this Autumn with two series of concerts that will have a socially distanced audience and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Details for booking tickets will be announced shortly, please check back for updates and follow us on social media for announcements.

Please note that tickets must be booked in advance and will not be available to purchase on the door.

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LSO Artist Portrait: Alina Ibragimova and Friends

'The immediacy and honesty of Ibragimova’s playing has the curious ability to collapse any sense of distance between performer and listener.' The Guardian

One of the most accomplished and intriguing violinists of her generation, Alina Ibragimova has assembled a cast of her closest musical colleagues for a series of BBC Radio 3 concerts at LSO St Luke's.

Friday 30 October 1–2pm
Alina Ibragimova

JS Bach Partita for violin No 2 BWV 1004
Bartók Sonata for Solo Violin


Friday 30 October 6pm
Alina Ibragimova violin
Alasdair Beatson piano

Debussy Sonata for violin and piano
Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel
Franck Violin Sonata

Friday 6 November 1–2pm
Chiaroscuro Quartet 

Alina Ibragimova violin
Pablo Hernán Benedí violin
Emilie Hörnlund viola
Claire Thirion cello

Mozart String Quartet No 21 K575
Mendelssohn String Quartet No 1


Friday 6 November 6–7pm
Chiaroscuro Quartet 

Alina Ibragimova violin
Pablo Hernán Benedí violin
Emilie Hörnlund viola
Claire Thirion cello

Katherine Spencer clarinet

Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Beethoven String Quartet No 6


Spring/Summer 2021

Please note that we will bew reviewing arrangements for the 2021 series as soon as possible. Sales for these concerts are currently suspended.

Elgar Plus

The Nash Ensemble explore Elgar’s stand out solo and chamber works, teasing out his continental influences in programmes that transport us to a period of immense influence and creativity at the beginning of the 20th century.

Friday 15 January 1–2pm
Nash Ensemble

Elgar Violin Sonata
Schumann Piano Quartet


Friday 22 January 1–2pm
Christine Rice soprano
Brett Dean
Nash Ensemble

Elgar Concert Allegro for solo piano
Schumann Fairy Tales Op 132
Elgar Sospiri
Wagner Wesendonck Lieder

Friday 29 January 1–2pm
Nash Ensemble

Schumann Märchenbilder
Elgar Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84


Friday 5 February 1–2pm
Nash Ensemble

Elgar Chanson de Matin; Chanson de Nuit
Liebesfreud; Liebeslied
Wagner arr Liszt
Liebestod from ‘Tristan and Isolde’ (arr Liszt)
Piano Quintet


Artist Spotlight

BBC Radio 3 invites leading soloists into the spotlight for this special lunchtime series presenting their musical personas with music spanning the 19th century to the present day.

Friday 12 March 1–2pm
Simon Höfele trumpet


Friday 26 March 1–2pm
Laura van der Heijden cello
Petr Limonov

Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Chopin Cello Sonata

Friday 9 April 1–2pm
Louise Alder soprano
Joseph Middleton

Programme to include songs by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger and Cécile Chaminade


Friday 7 May 1–2pm
Mark Simpson clarinet
Richard Uttley piano

Debussy Rhapsody
Edmund Finnis Four Duets
Gavin Higgins Three Broken Love Songs
Weber Grand Duo Concertant


Baroque Travels

Chart a course through Europe as we celebrate the unique Baroque styles of France, Spain, Italy and Germany. In each concert, we’ll examine the music of one country, drawing together the fascinating links and cross-fertilisation between composers’ sounds and styles.

Friday 30 April 1–2pm
Blandine Rannou harpsichord

Programme to include works by JS Bach and Couperin


Friday 14 May 1–2pm

Telemann Paris Quartet No 6<
JS Bach Trio Sonata in C major BWV 529
Telemann Paris Quartet No 5
JS Bach Trio Sonata in G major BWV 1038

Friday 21 May 1–2pm
Concerto Zapico

Programme to include music by Gaspar Sanz, Santiago de Murcia, Kapsperger and others


Friday 4 June 1–2pm
Ilyria Consort

Programme to include music by by Matteis, Finger, Pepusch, Croft, Geminiani and Carbonelli


Tickets cost £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s) + 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

Audience waiting for BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert

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