BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts take place at 1pm on various Thursdays 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.

2016/17 season

All concerts start at 1pm

Russian Revolutionaries
Four pianists delve into the riches of the Russian piano repertoire before and after the momentous events of 1917, 100 years ago.
Thu 2 Feb: Elisabeth Leonskaja
Thu 9 Feb: Alexei Volodin
Thu 16 Feb: Anna Vinnitskaya
Thu 23 Feb: Vadym Kholodenko

The Nash Ensemble: Bruch & Vaughan Williams
A four-concert residency from the Nash Ensemble – its third residency at LSO St Luke's – focusing on the lyrical, tuneful gifts of Bruch and his one-time student Vaughan Williams.
Thu 2 Mar
Thu 9 Mar
Thu 16 Mar
Thu 30 Mar

Voice of the Cello
A series devoted to the smooth singing tones and rich sounds of the cello.
Thu 6 Apr: Narek Hakhnazaryan/Pavel Kolesnikov
Thu 13 Apr: Tim Hugh/Rebecca Gilliver
Thu 27 Apr: Christian Poltéra/Kathryn Stott
Thu 4 May: Alban Gerhardt/Steven Osborne

Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) plus booking fee* and can be booked online. Book any four concerts for £9 each (discount available on full price tickets only; all four concerts must be from the same season for discounts 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

2017/18 season

On sale from Friday 3 February 2017

NB all 2017/18 concerts take place on Fridays. Except for September 2017, all concerts start at 1pm

This Is Rattle Artist Spotlights
> Fri 15 Sep 1pm: Ingrid Fliter
> Fri 15 Sep 6.30pm: Veronika Eberle
> Fri 22 Sep 1pm: Olena Tokar
> Fri 22 Sep 6.30pm: Esther Yoo

Shostakovich Plus
> Fri 6 Oct: Carducci Quartet
> Fri 13 Oct: Truls Mørk/Havard Gimse
> Fri 3 Nov: Trio Wanderer
> Fri 10 Nov: Meta4 String Quartet/Alasdair Beatson

Debussy & Pizzetti
> Fri 9 Feb: Cédric Tiberghien
> Fri 16 Feb: Cédric Tiberghien
> Fri 9 Mar: BBC Singers
> Fri 16 Mar: Cédric Tiberghien

Michael Collins & Friends
> Fri 23 Feb: with Lawrence Power & Michael McHale
> Fri 30 Mar: with Leonard Elschenbroich & Michael McHale
> Fri 6 Apr: with the Heath Quartet
> Fri 13 Apr: with Michael McHale

Academy of Ancient Music
> Fri 18 May
> Fri 25 May
> Fri 8 Jun
> Fri 15 Jun

Tickets cost £14 (£12 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.
Excludes the four concerts on 15 & 22 September

* £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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