Song in the City is a registered charity that takes classical music out of its comfort zone. Through the seemingly traditional genre of song, we revolutionise the relationship between classical musicians and their audiences through imaginative concerts, and social projects.

Song in the City is more than your average classical venue. We programme concerts around inventive and often challenging themes, bringing talented singers and pianists (many of whom come from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, as well as other London music colleges) to the heart of the Square Mile, in the intimate and beautiful setting of the Hall at St Botolph without Bishopsgate. We also seek to collaborate regularly with performers from other artistic disciplines, such as actors and dancers.

Our regular FREE concerts take place on Monday Lunchtime at 1pm (c45 mins). We design these concerts around a central theme, often with a cast of several singers performing in each concert, taking you on a week-by-week journey. We also stage occasional evening concerts – please check our forthcoming events here.

We also believe in commissioning new music from young composers, and especially by them working with real-live performers directly. In 2012, we commissioned a new song-cycle called ‘Voices of London’ from 4 young composers, who wrote directly for 4 Guildhall School singers. The new songs set poetry inspired by London, and The World Première was held on 9 October 2012 at Christchurch Spitalfields. A CD of the song cycle was released in December 2015.

Continuing our commissioning work, we are currently expanding our ethos of stepping out of our comfort zone by undertaking a project called ‘Creative Madness in Song’. Read more about this exciting project here.

Song in the City is supported by the Guildhall Creative Entrepreneurs scheme.
Gavin Roberts, Artistic Director, by Felipe TozzatoRebecca Cohen Headshot 1

Gavin Roberts, Artistic Director     Rebecca Cohen, Co-Director

TrusteesMr Paul Brough
Mrs Clare Delmar
Mr Jonathan Lee
Ms Rachel Lindley
Mr Tim Wong
Mrs Helen Roberts
Dr Tom G Werner
Sarah Walker CBE
Sarah Walker CBE
“Song in the City is a brilliant series and just what the square mile needs – the most refreshing and healthy way to spend a lunch break."
Iain Burnside
Iain Burnside
“Gavin Roberts has done an amazing job bringing such an array of young talent into the City. This series is a great opportunity to hear wonderful music presented imaginatively in inspired surroundings.”