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.
What to expect
Digital programme notes will be available prior to the concert starting. 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
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Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority. In line with Government guidelines you must wear a face covering at all times when visiting our building, unless you are exempt. We have installed perspex screening at our reception desks to protect our staff.
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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 Artists
Imogen Whitehead (née Hancock) is a rising star on the British trumpet scene. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours, she has been in demand as both a soloist and freelance orchestral musician.
Imogen has premiered a number of solo works including Stephen Dodgson’s Trumpet Concerto and Trinculo by Sally Beamish, commissioned for her by the Park Lane Group. Having been awarded a Julius Isserlis Scholarship by the Royal Philharmonic Society, Imogen travelled to Oslo in 2017 to study with renowned soloist Tine Thing Helseth and trumpeters from the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Oslo Opera/Ballet. As a BrittenPears Young Artist, Imogen also spent a week in November 2017 at Snape Maltings, receiving masterclasses from world-famous trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.
As a soloist, Imogen aims to champion the flugelhorn and expand its repertoire with new commissions and arrangements. In 2018, she gave World Premiere performances of two flugelhorn concerti, written for her by Aleksandr Brusentsev (Threads, January 2018) and Leo Geyer (Somewhere In-Between, June 2018). Imogen’s current commissions include a piece for flugelhorn and organ by Danish composer Michael Bønsdorf and a suite for trumpet and flugelhorn by Elgar Howarth.
Recent orchestral highlights for Imogen include performing as Guest Principal Trumpet with English National Opera, Opera North, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the City of London Sinfonia. In August 2021 she joined Aurora Orchestra for their memorised performances at the BBC Proms of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Imogen has also performed with the Philharmonia, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Ballet and Ulster Orchestra amongst others, and she is an alumna of Southbank Sinfonia (2016).
In 2022 Imogen will give numerous solo recitals and concerto performances, as well as recording a new concerto for trumpet and flugelhorn in the Czech Republic, written for her by composer Barry Mills. Aside from trumpet playing, Imogen enjoys running and reading. She is also a trustee of the Thames Youth Orchestra and a Befriender through the Wimbledon Guild.
Jennifer Walsh (née Hughes) is a collaborative pianist and duo coach. Jennifer served for several years on the faculty of the Royal College of Music, where she specialised in coaching repertoire for piano and strings. She has collaborated with some of the world’s most talented young performers, helping them achieve prize-winning performances at international competitions. She has worked with Maxim Vengerov in delivering his masterclass series for young violinists at the Royal College, as well as serving on the faculty of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, New Virtuosi International (UK), Festival Quattro Corde (Italy) and Voksenåsen Summer Academy (Norway). She currently accompanies and coaches students at The Perse School, Cambridge.
Jennifer performs across the UK and internationally. She has given recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milano, Oslo Opera House, Moscow’s Rachmaninov Hall and Xinghai Conservatory, China. She has featured a number of times on BBC Radio 3, notably the In Tune programme and BBC Proms Plus. Jennifer is in the process of recording a series of discs profiling British cello and piano repertoire. Her first two discs Ireland, Delius & Bax: Cello Sonatas and British Cello Works – recorded with leading cellist Lionel Handy – have been released by Lyrita. A third disc, comprising works of Ethel Smythe, Britten and Delius is due for release in 2022.
Jennifer was a DfES scholar at Wells Cathedral School, studying under Hilary Coates, and later graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying under John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. During this period she was awarded several prizes for accompaniment, including the Royal Over-Seas League Accompanist Prize.
Jennifer lives near Saffron Walden, with her husband and son.
Need to Know
- 13:00 - 14:00
- Bishopsgate Institute