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.
Find out more about how we're keeping you safe.
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
Conjuring sounds from thin air, Charlie Draper and Holly Lowe perform as Stranger Strings, an electro-acoustic classical duo combining theremin and concert harp. Modern circuits and antique strings combine in dramatic counterpoints: as hands flutter in mid-air, the instruments' complementary tonal streams cascade and blur into one. The results are otherworldly yet serene.
Formed in 2019, the duo has performed with the Radio Science Orchestra at TEDSummit, at Bluedot Festival, and London's Thames Tunnel. Now, in their début solo programme, they present a spectrum of music for these striking instruments, producing music to delight, mystify and astound in equal measure.
Need to Know
- 13:00 – 13:55 (Doors open 12:45)
- Bishopsgate Institute