Follow us on a journey through ten 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 - woodwind, piano and the human body as an instrument - 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
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.
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.
How we’re keeping you safe
Because we would like to keep the staff and each other safe, we expect and recommend face coverings to be worn the public areas that can become crowded. These are the corridors, toilet areas and the queues at the bar. There will also be an event-specific QR code that guests will be asked to scan on arrival.
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 (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
In addition to these measures, Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are also numerous hand-sanitising stations available and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
Meet the Artists
Jenni Hogan is a prolific solo and chamber musician. Recent highlights include performing at St John Smith’s Square, on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM, BBC1, QEH, and the Barbican as a soloist and in chamber groups such as Ret Frem, Decibels, FLAME, and Bastard Assignments. Jenni has played at several contemporary music festivals such as Darmstadt, Principal Sound, London Ear, Sounds New, and Tete a Tete. She has given well over 20 premieres in the last year.
Jenni is studying for her PhD at The University of Leeds, exploring the use of theatrical techniques and movement within flute collaborations with other women. She has been fortunate to be granted the Stanley Burton Scholarship in support of her research.
Alexander Rider has a fascination for the lore and history of the harp. His busy freelance career covers a wealth of projects ranging from period performance to the cutting edge of contemporary music. Highlights of Alexander's work include orchestral work with the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Ballet Rambert, London Chamber Orchestra, Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra, and Chroma; extensive concert work in the fields of light music and music theatre; on original instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
Alexander was a student of Frances Kelly and Gabriella Dall'Olio, before furthering his studies with Imogen Barford at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he later held a Guildhall Artist Fellowship.
Need to Know
- 13:00 - 14:00
- Bishopsgate Institute