Lunchtime Concerts
Thursdays 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.

Many of our artists are major prize winners, emerging from the UK's leading conservatoires, while some of the concerts mark the role of The Worshipful Company of Musicians in supporting and encouraging outstanding young musicians as they begin their careers.

Themes emerge from our young artists' choice of programmes as if they were designed: late Beethoven piano sonatas, the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death, works by father and daughter Holsts, Francois Couperin's 350th anniversary and, in keeping with the current zeitgeist, welcome examples of the exceptional talent of many female composers.

The 2018-19 season marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of City Music Society in 1943. Events marking this anniversary will be announced in the Spring 2019 brochure but the first celebration, on 24th January 2019, is listed here.

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.


20th September 2018

Adrian Butterfield director/violin
Jessica Cale soprano
Laura Hocking alto
Laurence Kilsby tenor
Tom Edlin bass

J S Bach Cantata: Wo gehest du hin? BWV 166
J S Bach Cantata: Es ist euch gut, dass ich hingehe BWV 108
J S Bach Cantata: Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch BWV 86
While this year's celebration of J S Bach's genius is at least five months away from the moveable feast of Easter, it is the period following that seminal festival that is marked in all three of the Cantatas in our annual collaboration with the Musicians' Company and Adrian Butterfield. For the fourth Sunday after Easter, Bach set texts from the bible that extol the lessons of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The results are by turn joyous and intensely moving.
   Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
27th September 2018

Rebeca Omordia piano


Sonata in E Op. 109
Ayo Bankole Sonata No. 2 in C (The Passion)
Liszt Étude de Concert in F minor (La leggierezza)

London-based, award-winning pianist Rebeca Omordia was born in Romania to a Romanian mother and Nigerian father. She graduated from the National Music University in Bucharest in 2006 before moving to the UK to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Trinity Laban. Prize winner in many international competitions, she won the Delius Prize in 2009 which led to an extensive collaboration with the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Her heritage has led to her advocacy of Nigerian composers' music including the Sonata by Ayo Bankole and she recently released a CD of works by African composers on the Heritage label.

4th October 2018

Nicolas Dupont violin
Margarita Balanas cello
Malgorzata Garstka piano

Haydn Trio No.39 in G (Gypsy)


Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in E minor Op. 67

The London-based Argenta Trio was formed in 2015 and is currently guided by Michael Dussek and Jo Cole at the Royal Academy of Music. All three members have extensive experience, performing in festivals throughout Europe, the USA and the UK. Coming from French, Latvian and Polish backgrounds has encouraged them to explore the music of their compatriots alongside more traditional works for piano trio. Their enterprise and imaginative playing was recognised by The Musicians' Company in the award of a Wigmore Hall concert in September 2017. In the first of three concerts in our series commemorating the centenary of the death of Claude Debussy, the Argenta Trio plays the composer's earliest chamber work, a trio written at 18 years of age and full of 'light clear textures' and 'smoochy, romantic leanings' (Charlotte Gardner, BBC).

11th October 2018

Kate Oswin violin
Alicia Berendse violin
Lydia Abell viola
Ghislaine McMullin cello

Jack Body Three Transcriptions


Quartet in G minor Op.10

Taking their name from the 17th-centurywriter and philanthropist, Aphra Behn, the Behn Quartet is formed of players from England, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Wales. Winners of the Orlando International Chamber Music Competition in 2015 and holders of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, the quartet made its Wigmore Hall debut in a Musicians' Company/Concordia Foundation concert in February 2018. The second homage to Debussy in our series is preceded by New Zealand composer Jack Body's evocative and fun transcriptions of folk music from China, Madagascar and Bulgaria.

18th October 2018
Ariel Lanyi piano
Beehoven Sonata in D minor, Op. 31 No.2 (Tempest)
Schubert Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Winner of The Musicians' Company Prince's Prize in 2018 and first-prize winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition in 2017, Ariel Lanyi already boasts a distinguished playing career while completing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He has appeared as soloist with a variety of orchestras including the Israel Symphony Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Participation in festivals in Israel, Prague, Rome and Ravello have included chamber music performances with members of the Prague Philharmonia and the Czech Philharmonic. (This concert replaces the advertised recital by Hin-Yat Tsang who is indisposed.)
25th October 2018

Christian Elliott cello
Robert Thompson piano

                                              Photo:Kaupo Kikkas


Sonata No.1 in E minor Op. 38
Schumann Fünf Stücke im Volkston Op. 102
Cellist and composer Christian Elliott enjoys a varied career in solo, chamber music and orchestral work. Currently resident in Edinburgh where he plays in the Raeburn Quartet on classical period instruments, Christian is also a member of the Zehetmair Quartet renowned for performing works from memory. Robert Thompson studied at Chetham's School and the Royal Northern College of Music before working with Peter Frankl at Yale University. As well as performing solo, Robert works closely with soloists and chamber groups while maintaining the position of Head of Piano at Bedford School. They mark the close friendship of Schumann and Brahms that began in 1853 only four years after his Opus 102 was premiered.
1st November 2018

Ana Julija Mlejnik violin
Ibrahim Aziz viola da gamba
Ian Peter Bugeja harpsichord

'The reunited tastes' - 18th century French chamber music in the Italian style.


Trio Sonata in E minor


Violin Sonata in A minor Op. 1, No. 1


Le Vertigo, from the Premier Livre of his 'Pièces de clavecin'
François Couperin Movements from his Premier and Troisième Concerts Royaux
The 350th anniversary of the birth of the leading French composer of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, François Couperin, inspires this programme of chamber music in the Italian style played on baroque instruments. The Slovenian violinist Ana Julija Mlejnik, a graduate of the Ljubljana Academy, and Maltese harpsichordist/conductor/vocal coach Ian Peter Bugeja, currently studying for a doctorate at the Guildhall School, join the distinguished viola da gamba player Ibrahim Aziz in this exploration of Couperin and his contemporaries, in music of unparalleled beauty and refinement.
8th November 2018

Gerard McChrystal director

Photo:Carolyn Cowan


Canzona XV

Stevie Wonder

Funk Medley

Hannah Varty



Moorside Suite (arr. Rainsford)

Claire Loveday

Duodecet II

William Howarth

Shopping Trolley Dragrace
Under the inspiring leadership of outstanding saxophonist (and Trinity Laban Professor) Gerard McChrystal, the Trinity Laban Saxophone Ensemble brings a wonderfully eclectic mix of music to St Bartholomew's. Designed for St Mark's Venice, the polychoral works of Giovanni Gabrieli, whether on original brass instruments or as here in arrangements for saxes, will sound glorious in the church acoustic. Trinity Laban alumna Hannah Varty's part-minimalist, part-jazzy piece graces a concert that promises to be a real ear-opener.
15th Nocember 2018

Will Barry piano
Alex Hitchcock saxophone
Conor Chaplin bass
Marc Michel drums

Will Barry graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 after studying piano and percussion. In 2017 he won The Musicians' Company Young Jazz Musician Award in an exciting competition judged by members of the audience at the Soho Jazz Club. He has performed as part of numerous projects internationally most prominently with the group 'Fellow Creatures' in Istanbul, Germany, Denmark, Holland and the UK. Whilst living in Spain he worked extensively with Spanish and Cuban musicians. Described as a 'sensitive and fluid pianist', Will performs a mixture of his own compositions and standards by Duke Ellington and others.
22nd November 2018

Stephen Jackson conductor

Elgar There is sweet music


Choral Dances from Gloriana
Imogen Holst Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow

Libby Larsen

So blessedly it sprung


Cecilia virgo
To mark St Cecilia's Day
Led by renowned choral director Stephen Jackson, the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir celebrates British and American choral music both unaccompanied and with the sound of the harp at the core of some of the works. Elgar's remarkable part-song - written tantalisingly in two adjacent keys - rubs shoulders with Benjamin Britten's stately evocations of renaissance dance forms from his coronation opera Gloriana. The medieval texts of Libby Larsen's exploration of the metaphor of Christ's birth as a rose sprung from the branch of Mary lead naturally to the 16th-century Catholic exile Peter Philips' glorious eight-part motet in praise of the patron saint of music appropriately on her saint's day and Britten's birthday.
Thursday 24th January 2019
at St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

Richard Benjafield director

Mozart Serenade for 13 wind instruments in B flat K361 (Gran Partita)
City Music Society 75th Anniversary Concert
City Music Society presented its first concert on 4th January 1944, in the Guildhall School in its original home in John Carpenter Street. 75 years later, to celebrate our anniversary we present an outstanding wind ensemble from the Guildhall, playing Mozart's Gran Partita, first played in a benefit concert in Vienna in 1784. In one of the most remarkable works for winds ever written Mozart explores an extraordinary spectrum of emotions, enhanced by the glorious combination of the darkly-hued basset clarinets and four French horns.

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