This concert will be taking place online via Facebook Live.
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 different instruments presented in three different ways each. Every week we also ask our performers to respond to themes suggested by the collections in our world famous Library. For this concert, the theme is Concrete.
The concerts will be streamed live from our Facebook page at 13:00 on the day of the concert, with details of their programme available on this webpage.
Music brings people together and offers comfort in difficult times, and our lunchtime concerts were first created as a way of raising morale during the Second World War. Learn more about the history of our lunchtime concerts and the legacy of Dame Myra Hess through our online gallery.
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Ancient Airs & Dances, Suite No. 1: Balletto detto II Conte Orlando
Send In the Clowns
Grass Shoots Through Concrete (world premiere)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Flying
Coasting with Eagles
Meet the Artist
The Courtney Quartet
Colin Courtney (pictured) was a clarinetist that regularly performed in the UK’s top orchestras from 1960 onwards and also taught at the Royal College of Music up until the year 2000. He studied with Frederick Thurston and Thea King and was one of the busiest players of his generation.
The decision to name this group after him was not only out of respect for his accomplishments, but also as a direct consequence of an enduring friendship between him and one of his students, Paul Saunders, who is a member of the quartet.
The four members of the The Courtney Quartet are colleagues and firm friends. In brief, the CVs of the four members cover (almost) every orchestra, West End show, and conservatoire in the UK.
Read the full bio on their website: paulsaundersclarinet.co.uk
Need to Know
- 13:00 – 13:55
- Bishopsgate Institute