This event will take place in person.
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 groups of instruments - piano, voice and trumpet - presented and combined in different ways.
At the heart of this series are our well-known archives and each week we ask our performers to respond to a theme suggested by the collections in our Library and curate their programme around it.
York Bowen - Nocturne, op.78
Franz Liszt - No.10 (Appassionata)
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Études Tableux, op. 33 no. 8
Frédéric Chopin - Fantaisie in F Minor, op.49
This week’s performance takes inspiration from the community activism of the Southall Youth Movement (SYM). SYM was established in direct response to the unprovoked racially-motivated murder of Sikh teenager Gurdip Singh Chaggar by a gang of youths on Southall’s High Street in June 1976. At first the movement was mainly concerned to campaign for justice for Chaggar and his family.
Before long, the mainly Asian members of the SYM were joining with other anti-fascist groups to organise demonstrations against the far right National Front. Recognising the lack of provision for Asian youth in Southall, SYM also set up a community centre to mentor young people and teach them skills such as photography and sound recording. The roots reggae band Misty in Roots was formed at the centre.
In 2016, the arts and educational charity Digital Works [insert hyperlink: https://digital-works.co.uk/] carried out a series of oral history interviews with those involved in the Southall Youth Movement. To find out more about the group’s activism, why not visit our researchers’ area to listen to these powerful interviews?
What to expect
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.
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. You can support these concerts and help us keeping them free to audiences by donating here.
- Online ticket sales will close two hours prior to the event starting. We encourage booking in advance, as tickets on the door will be limited.
Learn more about the history of our Lunchtime Concerts
How we’re keeping you safe
April 2022 update: Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory but we ask you to consider others when in our building and especially when spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. You will see many of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks and we are keeping the perspex screens at our reception desks.
Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
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Meet the Artist
Amiri Harewood (19) previously went to Trinity School in Croydon where he attended Trinity Music Academy studying piano under Richard Evans and cello with Ann Lines. He achieved Grade 8 piano with distinction at age 11, and Grade 8 Distinction on cello the following year. He has participated in master classes given by well-known pianists such Eduard Stan, Arnon Erez, Andrew Zolinsky, Charles Owen, Murray McLachlan and Vanessa Latarche.
Amiri has performed at numerous venues in the UK, including Steinway Hall, Etchingham Festival, Institut Francais and St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has also performed recitals abroad at Palazzo Cavagnis and Conservatorio in Venice, and the Mozart Music Festival in Forli, Italy. In 2019 he gave a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto to celebrate the re-opening of the newly refurbished Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Until age 14 Amiri sang as a treble with the renowned Trinity Boys Choir, performing at venues such as Glyndebourne, Royal Opera House, Garsington, Aldeburgh and English National Opera; as well as touring Japan in 2015.
In September 2020, Amiri took up his place, on a full scholarship, at the Royal College of Music studying piano under Danny Driver.
Need to Know
- 13:00 - 14:00
- Bishopsgate Institute