Lunchtime Concerts
Fridays at 1.05 pm at St Bartholomew the Great,
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

Admission to all lunchtime concerts is Free.

The City Music Society Young Artists Series celebrates the amazing talent of musicians performing and studying in the UK.

Trios and duos loom large in our autumn series, exploring fascinating music that is not often heard. No less than three new works feature in our programmes, two premieres and one an all-important second performance. At the other end of the historical perspective we hear some classics of the Baroque period, from Bach (22nd September) and Telemann (17th November) and go all the way back to some glorious medieval and Renaissance vocal music (24th November). And still our great classical composers - like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov - take their place in the magical mystery tour that is the City Music Society autumn season.

A collection will be taken at the end of each young artists' concert at St Bartholomew's to benefit the City Music Society.

Seats cannot be guaranteed after 1.00pm.

Limited standing is permitted at the discretion of the Society.

Latecomers are only admitted during a suitable pause in the programme.

All programmes are subject to change at short notice.

The City Music Society reserves the right to refuse admission.

Please note that City Music Society concerts are not suitable for children under the age of 8 and the Society reserves the right to refuse entry to children under that age.

[YAS]  = Young Artists Series


22nd September 2017 [YAS]

Adrian Butterfield director/violin
Camilla Harris soprano
Claire Swale soprano
Emma Pelkiewicz alto
Laurence Kilsby tenor
Edward Jowle bass

J S Bach Cantata: Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke BWV 84
J S Bach Mass in G major BWV 236
The annual celebration of Bach's genius in collaboration with The Musicians' Company this year takes a new slant. To mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's triggering of the Protestant Reformation our concert features one of Bach's Lutheran Masses. A consort of baroque specialists from the leading London conservatoires is joined by five outstanding young soloists from the Royal College of Music and is led by Adrian Butterfield, one of the UK's leading baroque violinists and director of the Tilford Bach Society.
Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
29th September 2017 [YAS]

Eunsley Park violin
Luka Okros piano


Sonatina in D D384
R Strauss Sonata in E flat Op.18
Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo Op.34

In 2016-17 Eunsley Park was the Constant and Kit Lambert Fellow at the Royal College of Music, administered by The Musicians' Company, and she has enjoyed an extensive solo career since her early studies at the Menuhin School. Luka Okras studied at the Moscow Conservatory before completing his studies with Norma Fisher at the RCM. The winner of prizes in many competitions he has had particular success as first prize-winner in the Hong Kong International Piano Competition in 2016.

6th October 2017 [YAS]

Michael Trainor violin
David Wigram viola
Jessie Ann Richardson cello

Schubert Trio in B flat D471


Trio in E flat Op.3

Piattini is an offshoot of the very successful Piatti String Quartet, prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. In their trio guise they explore some of the beautiful but neglected repertoire for this combination by major composers. Schubert's Trio D471 has only one surviving movement whereas Beethoven's early six-movement work has more the character of a divertimento with two minuets.

13th October 2017 [YAS]

Suzie Watson flute
Mana Shibata oboe
Joseph Shiner clarinet
Catriona McDermid bassoon
Jonathan Farey french horn

Leo Geyer Sideshows Suite (second performance)


Summer Music
J S Bach arr. Shiner Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor BWV867

Haydn (attrib.)

Divertimento in B flat Hob.II:46 (St. Antoni)
Ligeti Six Bagatelles

Winner of the 2017 Lord Mayor's Composition Prize - awarded by The Musicians' Company - Leo Geyer's wind quintet, like Luciano Berio's Opus Number Zoo, wittily combines spoken contributions by each member of the group with stage action and fascinating original music. Founded in 2012 the Magnard Ensemble has swiftly gained a reputation for their entertaining programmes and had great success with their Roald Dahl project in 2016, 'Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music'.

20th October 2017 [YAS]

Emma Halnan flute
Daniel King-Smith piano

Photo: Ian Dingle
Quantz Sonata in G major No.273 QV1:109
Clara Schumann Three Romances Op.22
Arnold Sonata for flute and piano Op.121
Boehm Grand Polonaise Op.16
Emma Halnan and Daniel King-Smith have been performing together since 2008 and since that date have been in much demand as a duo as well as developing careers as collaborative musicians. Emma won the Sir Karl Jenkins/Arts Club Classical Music Award in 2016 and as a result performed on Classic FM. She is also a City Music Foundation artist and has been guest principal flute with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Much in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, Daniel also has an extensive concerto repertoire and frequently plays as soloist on Cruise lines around the world.
27th October 2017 [YAS]

Rosemary Bowker flute
Henrietta Hill viola
Clare Simmonds piano

Winners of the Ivan Sutton Chamber Music Prize, 2016

C P E Bach

Trio No. 2 in A minor Wq. 93, H537
Hahn Romanesque
Rob Keeley Trio in one movement (world premiere)

Debussy (arr. Rudolf Forst)

Elena Firsova Meditation in the Japanese Garden Op.54
Duruflé Prélude, Récitatif et Variations Op.3
Formed at the Guildhall School in 2015, the Duruflé Trio has emerged as a unique ensemble, happy to investigate new repertoire for the combination of flute, viola and piano but also introducing improvisation as part of many performances. Enthusiastic supporters of contemporary composers, the Trio contrasts the elegant classicism of CPE Bach with the romantic textures of Reynaldo Hahn and Maurice Duruflé and the intriguing new music of Keeley and Firsova.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Edward 'Ted' Salmon
3rd November 2017 [YAS]

Mark Messenger director
Philip Nelson double bass



Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor


Serenade for Strings in C Op.48
The Royal College of Music's policy of rewarding their most outstanding musicians with concerto opportunities has thrown up some fascinating works and Bottesini's virtuoso work is certainly one of the most remarkable of all 19th-century concertos. The soloist Philip Nelson has to match Bottesini's reputation as the 'Paganini of the double bass' while his fellow students tackle one of Tchaikovsky's most popular works, displaying the composer's supreme gift for melody, drama and colour.
10th November 2017 [YAS]

Daniel Lebhardt piano

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas


Drei Klavierstücke D946


Rondo in A minor K511


Sonata No.2 in B flat minor Op.36
Born in Hungary, Daniel studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the Royal Academy of Music with Pascal Nemirovski. At the age of 22 Daniel Lebhardt won First Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York and, a year later, he was selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust in London. In 2014 he was the winner of The Musicians' Company Doris Starke Prize and in 2016 won the Most Promising Pianist prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. Well-known for performing some of the most challenging works in the solo piano repertoire, Daniel's performance of Liszt's visionary B minor Sonata was praised in the New York Times for its 'power, poetry and formidable technique'.
17th November 2017 [YAS]

Tabea Debus recorder
Richard Mackenzie theorbo

Telemann's Subscribers


Aria, Allegro 'Torrente cresciuto per torbida piena'


Sonata Seconda


Fantasia per il Flauto senza Basso No.12

Leo Chadburn

new work (first performance)


Vria, Allegro 'Ich eile zu den grünen Matten'


Fantasia per il Flauto senza Basso No.5


'Per te lascia la luce' (from Il Delirioso Amoroso HWV99)
'Da tempeste'
(from Giulio Cesare, HWV17)


Sonata in C Major (TWV41:C2, Der Getreue Music-Meister)
Georg Phillipp Telemann was not only a fine composer but also a shrewd businessman. Tabea Debus explores the composer's works from his subscription list, launched in Hamburg in 1733, works that made their way to all parts of Europe. Among the distinguished figures who received printed copies were fellow composers Michel Blavet and Handel whose works feature in Tabea's programme. Tabea completed her Master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music and became a City Music Foundation artist in 2016.
24th November 2017 [YAS]

Daniel Brittain, Timothy Carleston countertenors
Nicholas Madden, Dominic Bland tenors
Andrew Thompson, Simon Whiteley baritone/bass

Sous la pluie anglaise


Haec dies


Videntes stellam


A Virgin and a mother


O salutaris hostia


Salut, Dame Sainte and Seigneur, je vous en prie

Trad. arr. Ruairi Bowen

What shall we do with the drunken sailor?

John Whitworth

The Mermaid

Wayne Shanklin arr. Paul Hart

Chanson d'amour

Charles Trenet arr. Simon Whiteley

La Mer

Bacharach/Perren/Fekaris arr. Simon Whiteley

Say a little prayer/I will survive

Michael Jackson arr. Timothy Carleston

Based at Windsor Castle, the members of The Queen's Six make up half of the Lay Clerks of St George's Chapel. They perform regularly for the royal family at both private and state occasions. Singing together on a regular basis lends this group its distinctive closeness and blend as well as an irresistible informality and charm. Their wonderful programme combines beautiful sacred motets with some really fun arrangements.

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