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.
Songs of Faith, Nature & Fellowship
Folk Song Arrangements
O Waly, Waly
The Salley Gardens
The Last Rose of Summer
Ralph Vaughan Williams & Robert Louis Stephenson
Songs of Travel
Let Beauty Awake
The Roadside Fire
Youth and Love
The Infinite Shining Heavens
Whither Must I Wander?
Bright Is The Ring of Words
I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope
Gerald Finzi & William Shakespeare
Let Us Garlands Bring
Come away, Death
Who is Sylvia?
Fear no more the heat o’ the Sun
O mistress mine
It was a lover and his lass
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’
Lerner & Loewe
If Ever I Would Leave You
Boublil & Schönberg
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
Operatic baritone Thomas Isherwood (BMus, MMus, ArtDip) began his formal vocal training in 2010 in Manchester, UK. He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied with Stuart MacIntyre.
Thomas has worked as a freelance singer since 2015 and has performed small roles and chorus for Grange Park Opera (2015/16) and Longborough Festival Opera (2017/18). Most notably he performed multiple roles in Fiddler on the Roof with Sir Bryn Terfel which was performed as part of the 2015 BBC Proms.
Read Thomas' full bio on his website: thomas-isherwood.com
Pianist and conductor Erika Gundesen (ARCT, BMus, MPerf, ArtDip) began her initial studies in Calgary, Canada. She is a distinguished graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she studied with Jane Coop. She continued her studies with Caroline Palmer at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she was awarded a Masters in Performance as well as an Artist Diploma as a répétiteur.
Erika was an assistant conductor fellow at the Guildhall in 2017. She has competed as a finalist in the Canadian Music Competition as well as the Knigge International Piano Competition. Erika works as a répétiteur and conductor for opera and theatre productions in London, with a particular passion for contemporary repertoire.
She has worked as a music director and pianist for Virtually Opera, London Theatre Workshop, Vivo d’Arte, and for Pint of Wine Productions, as well as amateur societies including Geoids Musical Theatre and the Young Actors Theatre Islington. She has been a guest artist and coach at Opera North, New Sussex Opera, Opera Loki, Debut Opera, the Southbank Centre, Song in the City and the Finborough Theatre. She was also recently selected to participate in a special Women Conductors' Course as a collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Society, the Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio. Erika was a National Opera Studio Young Artist from 2017-2018, a Britten Pears Young Artist for 2019, and an Emerging Artist for Scottish Opera from 2018-2019.
Need to Know
- 13:00 - 14:00
- Bishopsgate Institute