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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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
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 - 14:00
- Bishopsgate Institute