BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

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.

> Don't miss our free Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concerts

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.

2019

Czech Roots

Friday 31 May: Chloe Hanslip & Danny Driver
Friday 7 June: LSO Wind Ensemble
Friday 14 June: Meccore Quartet

Bartók Plus

> Friday 13 Sep: Carducci Quartet
> Friday 20 Sep: Quator Voce
> Saturday 21 Sep: Arcadia Quartet 
> Friday 4 Oct, 1pm: Meta4 String Quartet 
> Friday 4 Oct, 7.30pm: Vertavo String Quartet 

Beethoven & Tippett

> Friday 11 Oct: Allan Clayton & James Baillieu 
> Friday 25 Oct: LSO Ensembles 
> Friday 1 Nov: Peter Donohoe 
> Friday 8 Nov: Heath Quartet

2020

Bach Up Close

> Friday 3 Jan: Alina Ibragimova & Carole Cerasi 
> Friday 17 Jan: Maxi Rysanov 
> Friday 24 Jan: Justin Taylor & Consone Quartet 
> Friday 31 Jan: Federico Colli 

Russian Roots

> Friday 28 Feb: Lawrence Power & Pavel Kolesnikov 
> Friday 13 Mar: Katharina Konradi & Trio Gaspard
> Friday 3 Apr: Gringolts Quartet
> Friday 17 Apr:  Simon Crawford-Philips & Philip Moore 

Antoine Tamestit & Friends

> Friday 8 May: with Arod String Quartet
> Friday 15 May: with Jörg Widmann & Dénes Várjon
> Friday 5 Jun: with Masato Suzuki 
> Friday 26 Jun: with Colin Currie

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

Audience waiting for BBC Radio 3 lunchtime concert

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