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.

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January-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

Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances
Igor 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

Sergei 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

A selection of songs by Rachmaninoff and his contemporaries.

Olena Tokar soprano
Igor Gryshyn piano



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Friday 11 February 6pm
Rachmaninoff & Friends: Boris Giltburg

Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No 2 in D minor
Sergei 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

Programme to be confirmed.

Sandrine Piau soprano



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Friday 18 March 6pm

Programme to be confirmed.

Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Samson Tsoy piano


Nash Ensemble

Friday 25 March 1pm

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

Nash Ensemble



Gould piano trio

Friday 25 March 6pm

Camille Saint-Saëns Piano Trio No 2 in E minor
Gabriel 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.

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Friday 6 May 1pm
Artist Spotlight: François Leleux

Debussy arr Silvestrini Rhapsody for cor anglais after the saxophone
Messiaen Vocalise-étude No 151 for oboe and piano
Hindemith Oboe Sonata
Thierry Pécou Oboe Sonata
Dorati Duo concertante

François Leleux oboe
Emmanuel Strosser piano



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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

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



Friday 27 May 1pm


Programme and artist to be confirmed.


Friday 27 May 6pm


Programme and artist to be confirmed.



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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