CONCERTS: Update 15th June 2021

We haven't got the full post-lockdown opening  that we were hoping for, but neither have we any further restrictions. So we go ahead more or less as before. Here is a letter from Jane Turner, our advance bookings organizer:

Dear Music lovers,

Well, the good news is that the piano has been tuned and St Mary’s lunchtime concerts are due to resume on 24th June.  You will have seen the exciting programme from Mike’s communication.

We need to take advance bookings until the end of July:

  • Want to come? Request a place by email: Indicate if you would like to be considered for all the concerts or for specific dates.

  • Everyone has the same chance! Places will be allocated randomly on a weekly basis

  • Unlucky? If you are not lucky one week, you will definitely have a place the following week

  • Coming with a friend? If you are ‘bubbled’, please indicate so we can put chairs together. Both names will be entered into the random allocation together so you will either have 2 places or none.

  • Allocation: You will be informed on Monday evening if you have been allocated a place for the Thursday concert to give you time to arrange travel etc.

  • Need to cancel? Please let us know by Tuesday evening so we can reallocate the seats.

  • Not heard anything? Please keep an eye on your emails for any reallocation due to cancellation. We will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible but there are always last-minute cancellations.


Restricted numbers inside the church are still required at least until the next planned data review on 19th July along with the familiar social distancing and Covid-19 precautions to keep us all as safe as possible. So that means:-

  • Book in advance

  • Check in at the venue for track and trace (use QR scan where possible) I’ll keep a record of who attends for 21 days then delete it

  • Sanitize hands on entry/exit (and chairs etc)

  • Maintain social distance especially when moving about

  • Wear a face covering

  • Don’t come if you have symptoms or have tested positive for C-19

  • Inform us if you develop symptoms after a concert


Please let Mike and I know if you have changed contact details/email address.

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Best wishes,

Jane Turner


If you are on our mailing list, you should automatically get a note from her about this. 

If not, then please contact her at the address below.

And why not get on the mailing list? It's free.

Contact Mike Butterworth:

to be added to the mailing list or for other queries.


Contact  Jane Turner for future bookings. The email address is:


Entry is still £5. We now have the means of accepting payment by plastic. No tickets are issued.


Church of St Mary the Virgin, Aylesbury


​Thursdays. 12.45. £5.00, 18 and under free

Admissions payment from 12.15. Cash only, no pre-booking necessary - except during COVID restrictions, as informed. The programme arranged so far  is:






















Yes, Aylesbury has become one of the best towns in the country – comparing like with like – for regular chamber music. As you can see we do not spend on wasteful glossy publicity, but this series (we are told) is among the finest of its kind in the UK – international professional musicians in weekly concerts of usually around an hour. We do our best to maintain an admission price which is affordable to anyone interested, and endeavour always to offer fresh, varied and broad-ranging programmes, not forgetting living composers. We are responsive to requests for favourite works, and generous donations and monetary gifts from an enthusiastic audience make possible concerts otherwise beyond our means, usually featuring larger ensembles. If you haven’t tried us, please do so – we hope you will find everything friendly, welcoming and up to expectations.  

Many of our musicians have websites and are on YouTube and other such platforms, so you can easily check them out for yourselves.

St Mary’s now has an excellent vegan café up and running, so why not combine your visit with lunch or refreshments?  



This listing was correct at the time of issue, but Aylesbury Lunchtime Music reserves the right to change programmes. We always do our best to give advance notice, but to be sure you should subscribe to our email service:


Mike also updates our website: 

We positively invite any comments about our concerts direct to us or to Mike via email.


Our sole source of income is from our admission receipts, plus any extra donations our supporters feel they can give us.

These donations are RING-FENCED FOR MUSIC, and NEVER spent on overheads.


Aylesbury Lunchtime Music is grateful to Fr Doug Zimmerman, the Rector of St Mary’s, for making the performers and organizing team so welcome, and to Karen Baker, the Parish Administrator, who prints our programmes and helps in other ways beyond the call duty and her precious time.


Our concerts last usually around an hour, but it is best to allow 75 minutes.

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The team:

Mike Butterworth: hosting, website, booking performers, email, publicity

Trevor Dawe: hosting

Colin Ferris; treasurer and page turner

Janet Frost: hosting and admission desk

Marion Mulraney: admission desk

Jane Turner: hosting and advance seat reservation

If you enjoy live classical music in Aylesbury at this level please support these concerts as often as you can


Not a penny of donated and gifted money goes on overheads


We must thank Fr Doug Zimmerman of St Mary’s for his warmth, good humour and encouragement, and Karen Baker for printing our programmes whatever her workload.


To ensure updates and other news join our email list. Just see Mike or email him.












Thursday 10.12.20

We hoped to be listening to Bela Hartmann playing a wonderful programme of Bach, Beethoven/Liszt and neat Beethoven.

We look forward to that in the future but you might like to have a look at:

The musicians who come to perform are of the highest calibre and you might be interested to explore  some of them on YouTube. Have a look at the names on our programmes, past and present, and explore.

Here are a couple of suggestions, one for piano, and one for violin and piano. You might also like to look up their CD releases.

Jenna Sung:


Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit:


Schumann, Carnival:


Alkan, le festin d’Esop: [if you don't know about Alkan, try this. It's great fun.]

Joo Yeon Sir with Irina Andrievsky:

Igor Frolov, Concert Fantasy on Gershwin themes from Porgy and Bess:

A little clip from one of our other favourite pianists, Tyler Hay, that I think you'll enjoy:

Tyler Hay plays his own arrangement of Kitten on the Keys: Fly on the Wall.

Ueda Rinaldo CD.jpg