Artist Spotlight: Mark Simpson & Richard Uttley


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert | with socially-distanced audience

Tue 22 Jun 2021 1.00pm - 2.15pm
Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London

Debussy Rhapsody
Edmund Finnis Four Duets
Mark Simpson Lov(escape)
Gavin Higgins Three Broken Love Songs
Weber Grand Duo Concertant

Mark Simpson clarinet
Richard Uttley piano

Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s)
£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees


Digital programme notes

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

Expect virtuosic fireworks in this lunchtime concert, pairing the voices of the clarinet and piano.

Fresh from dazzling audiences and critics alike with his debut Violin Concerto (★★★★★ - The Times), musician-composer Mark Simpson takes to the stage as chamber musician, with a programme of pieces that span the nineteenth century to the present day. Alongside works by Debussy and Weber, we'll hear Mark's own composition Lov(escape). Yearning and romantic in parts, erratic and fractured in others, the piece displays the extraordinary capabilities of the clarinet.

Pianist Richard Uttley showcases the breadth of his musicianship and keen musical intelligence in this eclectic programme, from Debussy's lyrical, flowing Rhapsody to the Gavin Higgins' tipsy Three Broken Love Songs.

Need to know

We are doing everything we can to make your visit safe and enjoyable. Below are answers to some FAQs, and you can find further information here.

How are seats at LSO St Luke's arranged?

The Jerwood Hall has been configured for social distancing with fewer seats available, set as single tickets or in groups of twos. Clusters are separated by at least one empty seat and people from different household groups will be at least 1 metre apart from each other when seated. We ask you to not swap seats so we can maintain a safe distance between you and other groups.

What other safety measures are in place once inside?

  • Staff and audience members must wear a face covering inside LSO St Luke's at all times unless exempt.
  • Seats in the Jerwood Hall are laid out at a safe distance from each other.
  • The hall and each seat will be cleaned between performances.
  • A one-way system is in operation so you can move safely through the venue.
  • Hand sanitising stations are positioned at the entrance and around the building.
  • Programme notes are now solely digital and donation points use contactless technology.
  • Each member of every party of visitors is being asked to provide their name and contact details, and retaining these details for 21 days, in compliance with NHS Test & Trace.
  • An official NHS QR code poster is displayed at the entrance to the venue, so visitors can 'check in' on the NHS Test & Trace app.
  • Audience members are asked not to arrive earlier than 30 minutes before concerts.

What happens if a concert is cancelled or postponed?

In the event of cancellations or postponements, all audience members will be given the option of a refund, exchange or credit.

What if I or someone I know develops Coronavirus symptoms before the concert?

Please stay at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you’ve recently been in contact with someone who has the virus. Tickets can be exchanged for another concert or credit vouchers valid for six months.

Can I listen online?

This concert is being recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at a later date.


Recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3