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Bishopsgate Institute’s Free Lunchtime Concerts

Fill Your Lunch Hour with Music at Bishopsgate Institute

Free concerts in Central London and online at Bishopsgate Institute, featuring performers including Kwake Bass, Balladeste and Stranger Strings

Bishopsgate Institute is thrilled to announce a new summer series of free lunchtime concerts, supported by The City of London Corporation. The concerts will be performed to a socially distanced audience at its Grade II* Listed building and for those not in the City they will be livestreamed on its Facebook page.

The nine concerts will explore different musical genres with performances focusing on three groups of instruments – strings, percussion, and electronics – explored in very different ways…

The concerts will feature UK jazz luminary Orphy Robinson on vibraphone; soothing violin and cello from Balladeste; and mesmerising ambient hip-hop from Kwake Bass, whilst Stranger Strings will combine the harp and that most mysterious instrument – the theremin.

The performers will be responding to a theme from Bishopsgate Institute’s globally renowned archives which has resonated with them, ranging from LGBTQ+ history to stories from the East End. Keep an eye on Bishopsgate Institute’s social media channels each week for videos of the performers delving into the collections.

Francesca Canty, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Bishopsgate Institute, said “Free lunchtime concerts have been a tradition at Bishopsgate Institute since 1948 so we couldn’t be more excited about welcoming audiences back into our beautiful Great Hall, as well as sharing the concerts with audiences at home. It’s thrilling to watch performers take creative inspiration from our archives, and should make for a unique series of concerts.”

The series of concerts will be kicking off on 4 June. A full list of the concerts is below. Book online at

Summer series, supported by The City of London Corporation
Friday 4 June – Clare O’Connell
Friday 11 June – Kwake Bass
Friday 18 June – Balladeste
Friday 25 June – Ruby Aspinall
Friday 2 July – Kerry Yong
Friday 9 July – Hannah Catherine Jones
Friday 16 July – Clifton Harrison
Friday 23 July – Orphy Robinson
Friday 30 July – Stranger Strings

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