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 lasts approximately one hour.

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Autumn 2021

Haydn Plus

In this series, soloists and ensembles tease out the wit, warmth and wisdom of Haydn's music, pairing his greatest chamber works with pieces that bear the traces of his influence.

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Friday 17 September 1–2.15pm

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

Joseph Haydn Sonata in D No 39, Hob XVI/24
Muzio Clementi Sonata in A major, Op 50 No 1
Franz Liszt Grosses Konzert solo - concerto pathétique

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano


Friday 17 September 6–7.15pm

Ashley Riches & Joseph Middleton

Joseph Haydn O Tuneful Voice; The Spirit's Song; The Sailor's Song; Ein kleines Haus; Geistliches Lied; Das Leben ist ein Traum
Johann Nepomuk Hummel Loyalty of the Highlanders to their Prince; Despondency on the Return of Spring; The Peasant Courting his Lass
Franz Schubert Die Sterne; Jägers Liebeslied; Wandrers Nachtlied; Fischerweise

Ashley Riches baritone
Joseph Middleton piano

Friday 1 October 1–2.15pm

Haydn Plus: Trio Karenine

Joseph Haydn Piano Trio in A major, Hob 15/9
Franz Schubert Notturno
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Piano Trio in D major

Trio Karenine


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Friday 1 October 6–7.15pm

Haydn Plus: Aris String Quartet

Joseph Haydn String Quartet Op 76 No 2, 'Fifths'
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No 1

Aris String Quartet

Antoine Tamestit

In tandem with his Artist Portrait series with the LSO, the charismatic viola soloist Antoine Tamestit curates a complementary chamber music series with a cast of his closest musical friends.

Friday 8 October 1–2.15pm

with Colin Currie

Tristan Murail C'est un jardin secret...
Bruno Mantovani Moi, Jeu
Elliott Carter Figments IV & V
Bethan Morgan-Williams Dog in the Moon (World Premiere)
Luciano Berio Naturale for viola, percussion and tape

Antoine Tamestit viola
Colin Currie percussion


Friday 15 October 1–2.15pm

Programme and artists to be announced

Antoine Tamestit viola

Friday 15 October 6–7.15pm

Programme and artists to be announced

Antoine Tamestit viola


Friday 29 October 1–2.15pm

Programme and artists to be announced

Antoine Tamestit viola


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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