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 - strings, percussion and electronics - presented and combined in different ways. Every week we ask our performers to respond to a theme suggested by the collections in our world famous Library and curate their programme around it.
Our summer lunchtime concerts are being supported by The City of London Corporation.
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 at a safe distance. Please make separate bookings if you are booking for someone outside your household or bubble. For those who are in your household or bubble and part of the same booking, we will 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 government guidance changes, we may need to cancel the concerts or only make them available by live stream. Please check your email before your visit.
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
Maya-Leigh Rosenwasser is a performer, improviser and composer, specialising in performing and composing new works for piano (solo and chamber), live electronics and multi-disciplinary ensembles. She has participated in numerous venues and events across Europe such as Greyfriarks Kirk (Edinburgh), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Piano Festival 2016-2018, soloist with St Bartholomew’s Chamber Orchestra (London), Tanthem Live (immersive & improvised theatre, London), solo performance to the ambassador of the EU (Brussels), Bozsok Music Festival (Budapest) and in the Steinway Gallery (Cyprus) where she was also featured on national radio. Maya-Leigh is one of the founding members of Equinox & THIS THUS, two multi-disciplinary improvisational ensembles, and New Woods Collective, a wind trio specialising in specially commissioned repertoire for bass Clarinet, flute/piccolo, piano and electronics.
Maya-Leigh studied under Jonathan Plowright at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for her undergraduate degree. In her postgraduate degree, she was a Leverhulme Trust scholar, graduating with a distinction in Contemporary Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, under the tutelage of Rolf Hind and Douglas Finch. Maya has recently started her doctoral research at Trinity Laban and City University with Dr Sophie Fuller, Dr Guy Harries and Rolf Hind as her supervisors.
Maya-Leigh's recent projects and performances include the release of her debut album Ascending with improvisation ensemble Equinox (2019), a residency at Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at Snape Maltings (2020), a collaboration with Amy Bryce on opera and short film A Kinder Society for Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden (2021), and performances at Bishopsgate Institute, Sounds Like THIS festival and the European Clarinet Festival 2021 with woodwind trio New Woods Collective.
Need to Know
- 13:00 – 13:55 (Doors open 12:45)
- Bishopsgate Institute