BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime 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 starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour.

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NB all concerts take place on Fridays. All concerts start at 1pm, except for the Rush-Hour concerts on 30 October and 6 November 2020.

Spring 2021

Please note that tickets must be booked in advance and will not be available to purchase on the door.

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Elgar Plus

Due to the current national lockdown and restrictions, unfortunately this series will no longer able to take place. We will be in touch with ticket-holders soon with further information about refunds.

Artist Spotlight

BBC Radio 3 invites leading soloists into the spotlight for this special lunchtime series presenting their musical personas with music spanning the 19th century to the present day.

Friday 12 March 1–2pm
Simon Höfele trumpet


Friday 26 March 1–2pm
Laura van der Heijden cello
Petr Limonov

Stravinsky Suite Italienne
Chopin Cello Sonata

Friday 9 April 1–2pm
Louise Alder soprano
Joseph Middleton

Programme to include songs by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger and Cécile Chaminade


Friday 7 May 1–2pm
Mark Simpson clarinet
Richard Uttley piano

Debussy Rhapsody
Edmund Finnis Four Duets
Gavin Higgins Three Broken Love Songs
Weber Grand Duo Concertant


Baroque Travels

Chart a course through Europe as we celebrate the unique Baroque styles of France, Spain, Italy and Germany. In each concert, we’ll examine the music of one country, drawing together the fascinating links and cross-fertilisation between composers’ sounds and styles.

Friday 30 April 1–2pm
Blandine Rannou harpsichord

Programme to include works by JS Bach and Couperin


Friday 14 May 1–2pm

Telemann Paris Quartet No 6<
JS Bach Trio Sonata in C major BWV 529
Telemann Paris Quartet No 5
JS Bach Trio Sonata in G major BWV 1038

Friday 21 May 1–2pm
Concerto Zapico

Programme to include music by Gaspar Sanz, Santiago de Murcia, Kapsperger and others


Friday 4 June 1–2pm
Ilyria Consort

Programme to include music by by Matteis, Finger, Pepusch, Croft, Geminiani and Carbonelli


Tickets cost £15 (£13 concessions, £5 under-18s) + 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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