This concert is taking place in person and via Facebook Live.
Follow us on a journey through nine concerts taking in a range of musical genres, from the traditional to the unexpected. Over the course of the series, you will hear three different instruments presented in three different ways each.
Music brings people together and offers comfort in difficult times, and our lunchtime concerts were first created as a way of raising morale during the Second World War. Learn more about the history of our lunchtime concerts and the legacy of Dame Myra Hess through our online gallery.
What to expect
Our Great Hall will look a little different as our audience and musicians will be socially distanced, and you'll need to book your free place in advance. We will send digital programme notes via email prior to the concert. This is a free event, so please make sure to cancel your ticket if you’re not going to make it so that others can join.
If you'd rather join us from home, you can watch the concerts via Facebook Live.
How we’re keeping you safe
We are following the latest guidance to ensure our staff, performers, and audience members are safe. To comply with government guidance and to support Test and Trace, we need to collect a name and phone number during the booking process.
- We have limited the number of seats in the Great Hall, and all tickets must be booked in advance to access our building. This means that we will not be accepting walk-ups.
- Seats will be 2 metres apart. Please only book for people within your household or bubble, up to a maximum of six people. For those who are in your household or bubble and part of the same booking, we should be able to seat you together.
- Attendees must cover their nose and mouth through the whole performance (unless exempt for medical reasons).
- Clear signage will appear throughout the building to guide you and remind you of social distancing measures.
- Hand sanitiser and bathroom facilities are available, with a one-in one-out system.
- We will be using a Test and Trace system to register all visitors to the building. You will be asked for your number when you book, and this is the number you will be contacted on if needed.
- We clean our building regularly.
- Please do not arrive before 12:45 - upon arrival you'll be signed in, and admitted in to the space through a one way system.
- If you'd rather join us from home, you can watch the concerts via Facebook Live.
Support our free concerts
Our lunchtime concerts have been a tradition since 1948, providing inspiration and respite from the world outside for an hour a week in a relaxed performance environment. We always pay our musicians for these performances, but the concerts are free to audiences. Help support these concerts by donating here.
Meet the Performer
Alcyona is a pianist and composer working at the forefront of the London jazz scene and has been performing internationally for many years. She works with the London Jazz Orchestra, Tori Freestone/Alcyona Mick Duo, Natacha Atlas, Randolph Matthews, Eddie Parker's Debussy Mirrored Ensemble, Josephine Davies’ Orenda Trio, Brigitte Beraha's Lucid Dreamers, and Bachar Zarkan Ensemble.
She has played on TRT music series in Istanbul with many Turkish artists, and performed with a wide array of other musicians including Yazz Ahmed, Ingrid and Christine Jensen/Whirlwind Bigband, Nikki Iles Bigband, Alec Dankworth/Cleo Laine Band, Mircan Kaya, Jerry Dammers Spatial aka Orchestra, Ibrahim Maalouf, Macadi Nahhas, and many more.
As a composer, she has a Masters in Composing Music For Film from the National Film and Television School, and has written and produced music for independent short films, documentaries, animations and silent cinema.
Need to Know
- 13:00 – 13:55 (Doors open 12:45)
- Bishopsgate Institute