A warm welcome from our Artistic Director, Duncan Honeybourne
Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts continue to go from strength to strength. Some of our recent concerts have attracted record audiences, and have maintained our tradition of presenting some of the best young and established artists in varied and imaginative programmes, mixing well-known works and classical favourites with lesser-known repertoire and composers. All concerts take place in the attractive, welcoming surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Weymouth, where we are very fortunate to have use of an excellent Yamaha grand piano maintained by Weymouth Pianos.
Our series receives no funding. Our income, generated entirely from ticket sales, covers all our costs associated with the concerts, including venue hire. We keep our ticket prices low and maintain a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Many regular concert-goers make their day out in Weymouth a feature of their month. Tickets can be booked in advance online or by telephone/email, and a limited number of tickets are available on the door on the day of the concert.
We bring music of the highest professional quality to people in South Dorset, with an emphasis on young artists and the opportunity to present unusual works and neglected composers alongside well-known favourites.
With your generous support, we celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2022.
We look forward to seeing you at our concerts.
Duncan Honeybourne – Founder/Artistic Director
Commended by International Piano magazine for his “glittering performances“, Duncan enjoys a diverse profile as a concert pianist and in music education. His concerto debut in 1998 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, was broadcast on radio and television, and recital debuts included London, Paris, and international festivals in Belgium and Switzerland. Duncan has toured extensively as soloist and chamber musician, broadcasting frequently for the BBC and radio networks worldwide. His many recordings reflect his interest in 20th and 21st century British piano music. He is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton.
Frances Wilson – Concerts Manager
Frances is a publicist and writer on classical music. Described by international concert pianist Peter Donohoe as “an important voice in the piano world“, Frances’ blog The Cross-Eyed Pianist has an international reputation and enjoys a large following. She also writes for Hong Kong-based classical music website Interlude HK, has contributed articles to ‘Pianist’ magazine and The Schubertian, the journal of the Schubert Institute UK, and has written teaching notes for the major music exam boards. She has appeared on BBC Radio Three’s Music Matters programme to discuss the role of music criticism today and the effect of the internet on music journalism. As a publicist, she works with a number of musicians and arts/cultural organisations, including Hertfordshire Festival of Music, the Royal School of Church Music and Gingko Library.
Frances holds Licentiate and Associate Diplomas in Piano Performance (both with Distinction) and has studied with or received mentorship from a number of distinguished pianist-teachers, including Penelope Roskell, Graham Fitch and Murray McLachlan.