BBC Radio 3 Concerts

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.

Each concert lasts approximately one hour.

The majority of our seats are no longer socially-distanced, however some rows of seats in the stalls remain configured in socially-distanced singles and pairs, for those that would prefer to use them. All seats are unallocated – you are free to sit wherever you wish.

Please note, following the recent Government guidance, all visitors must wear a face covering as a condition of entry, unless exempt or under 12. Find out more about how we're keeping our venue safe here.

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January to July 2022

Rachmaninoff & Friends

Rachmaninoff's life and career crossed over the 19th and 20th centuries, and took him from Europe to the US. In this series we hear his music alongside works by his friends and contemporaries.

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Friday 14 January 1pm
Rachmaninoff & Friends: Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky arr Victor Babin Three Movements from ‘Petrushka’

Simon Crawford-Phillips piano
Philip Moore piano


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Friday 14 January 6pm
Rachmaninoff & Friends: Trio Wanderer

Rachmaninoff Trio élégiaque No 2 in D minor Op 9

Trio Wanderer

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Friday 11 February 1pm
Rachmaninoff & Friends: Olena Tokar & Igor Gryshyn

Rimsky-Korsakov The Nightingale and the Rose; The Nymph; It Was Not The Wind; A Farewell; The Flying Chain of Clouds is Thinning; The Larks Song is Ringing Louder
Alma Schindler-Mahler Die stille Stadt; In meines Vaters Garten; Laue Sommernacht; Bei dir iest es traut; Ich wandler unter Blumen
Rachmaninoff Dreams; The Lilacs; How Fair This Spot; Night is Mournful; They Answered; What Happiness; Spring Waters

Olena Tokar soprano
Igor Gryshyn piano


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Friday 11 February 6pm
Rachmaninoff & Friends: Boris Giltburg

Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 2 in D minor
Rachmaninoff Piano Sonata No 1 in D minor

Boris Giltburg piano

Saint-Saëns' Circle

Saint-Saëns was one of the most gifted composers of his era, influencing a generation of French composers. In this series we hear his music paired with works by students, friends and contemporaries.

Sandrine Piau

Friday 18 March 1pm
Saint-Saëns' Circle: Sandrine Piau

Programme to be announced

Sandrine Piau soprano


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Friday 18 March 6pm
Saint-Saëns' Circle: Pavel Kolesnikov

Saint-Saëns The Swan from 'The Carnival of the Animals'
Rameau La Boucon from 'Pièces de clavecin en concerts'
Saint-Saëns arr Debussy Pavane from 'Étienne Marcel'
Saint-Saëns Variations on a Theme of Beethoven Op 35
Saint-Saëns Berceuse Op 105
Bizet Selections from 'Jeux d’enfants'
Fauré Selections from 'Dolly Suite'
Leonid Desyatnikov Du côté de chez Swan

Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Samson Tsoy piano

Nash Ensemble

Friday 25 March 1pm
Saint-Saëns' Circle: Nash Ensemble

Saint-Saëns Caprice sur des airs danois et russes
Saint-Saëns Tarantelle in A minor Op 6
Fauré Piano Quartet in G minor Op 45

Nash Ensemble


Gould piano trio

Friday 25 March 6pm
Saint-Saëns' Circle: Gould Piano Trio

Saint-Saëns Piano Trio No 2 in E minor
Fauré Piano Trio in D minor Op 120

Gould Piano Trio

Artist Spotlight

 Four very different soloists step into the spotlight, showcasing their talents and inspirations in a blend of classic and contemporary chamber music.

Nicholas Daniel oboe

Friday 6 May 1pm 
Artist Spotlight: Nicholas Daniel

Bush Northumbrian Impressions
Robert Schumann arr Howard Ferguson Three Canonic Studies
Helen GrimeThree Miniatures
Huw Watkins Five Welsh Folksongs
Poulenc Oboe Sonata

Nicholas Daniel oboe
Huw Watkins piano

NB Change of Artist



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Friday 13 May 1pm
Artist Spotlight: Emily Beynon

Mucha Nase Cesta
Duruflé Prelude, Recitative and Variations for flute, viola and piano
Schulhoff Concertino
Dutilleux Sonatine

Emily Beynon flute
Timothy Ridout viola
Timothy Gibbs double bass
Andrew West piano



Friday 27 May 1pm
Artist Spotlight

Programme and artist to be announced.


Friday 27 May 6pm
Artist Spotlight

Programme and artist to be announced.



Tickets cost £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s) + booking fee of £0.60 when booking online.

Book any four or more concerts for £10 each.

Concession tickets are not eligible for the multibuy discount as discounts cannot be combined. All four concerts must be booked from the same season for the discount to apply.

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