BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts take place at 1pm on various Fridays throughout the year and feature the finest chamber music performances from established performers and up-and-coming artists alike.

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.

On BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert days the Café is open for light lunches and refreshments from 12–3pm. Each concert starts at 1pm and lasts for approximately one hour.

> Don't miss our free Discovery Friday Lunchtime Concerts

NB all  concerts take place on Fridays. All concerts start at 1pm, except for the Rush-Hour concerts on 14 & 21 Sep and 3 & 24 May which start at 6.30pm

2017/18 season

Debussy & Pizzetti
> Fri 16 Feb: Cédric Tiberghien
> Fri 9 Mar: BBC Singers
> Fri 16 Mar: Cédric Tiberghien

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Producer David Gallagher introduces Ildebrando Pizzetti

Michael Collins & Friends
> Fri 23 Feb: with Lawrence Power & Michael McHale
> Fri 30 Mar: with Leonard Elschenbroich & Michael McHale
> Fri 6 Apr: with the Heath Quartet
> Fri 13 Apr: with Michael McHale

Academy of Ancient Music
> Fri 18 May
> Fri 25 May
> Fri 8 Jun
> Fri 15 Jun

2018/19 season

Artist Spotlights

Lunchtime Concerts
> Friday 14 September: Ingrid Fliter
> Friday 21 September: Vikingur Ólafsson

Rush-Hour Concerts
> Friday 14 September: Anne Queffélec
> Friday 21 September: Simone Dinnerstein

War's Embers

> Friday 12 October: Nash Ensemble
> Friday 26 October: Nash Ensemble
> Friday 2 November: Ashley Wass
> Friday 9 November: Nash Ensemble

Les Sonores de France

Friday 22 February: Adam Walker & Alasdair Beatson
Friday 1 March: Carolyn Sampson & Joseph Middleton
Friday 29 March: Quatuor Van Kuijk
Friday 5 April: Ensemble Nevermind

Alice Sara Ott & Friends

Lunchtime concerts
Friday 3 May: with Ray Chen
Friday 24 May: with Nemanja Radulovic, Andreas Ottensamer & Kian Soltani

Rush-Hour concerts
Friday 3 May: with Ray Chen & Pablo Ferrández
Friday 24 May: with Francesco Tristano

Czech Roots

> Friday 10 May: Christian Ihle Hadland
Friday 31 May: Chloe Hanslip & Danny Driver
Friday 7 June: LSO Wind Ensemble
Friday 14 June: Meccore Quartet

Tickets cost £14 (£12 concessions) + 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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