Tickets for all 25 concerts in the re-opening festival are available initially on a ballot basis to Friends of Wigmore Hall
After a year in which Wigmore Hall streamed more than 200 concerts, the venue is to welcome back live audiences on 17 May with a 25-concert festival celebrating the Hall’s 120th Anniversary on 31 May.
Among the featured artists are 12 Ensemble, an unconducted string ensemble; the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, led by violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Tom Poster; and violist Lawrence Power. For the full list, click here.
Wigmore Hall Director John Gilhooly has also appointed nine new Associate Artists who are:
Nitin Sawhney (composer/performer)
Amjad Ali Khan (sarod)
Amaan Ali Bangash (sarod)
Ayaan Ali Bangash (sarod)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Gweneth Ann Rand (soprano)
Trish Clowes (saxophone)
Elaine Mitchener (vocal and movement artist)
Christian McBride (jazz bass)
Wigmore Hall has committed to five-year relationships with each Associate Artist, presenting each musician at least once every season.
A new initiative spearheaded by the Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia - the African Concert Series - will profile African art music. Plus, Wigmore Hall will a present a week-long Learning Festival, with the theme of ‘Connectivity’, aiming to bring people together in the face of isolation.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall said, ‘Since its auspicious opening in 1901, Wigmore Hall has become the international headquarters of chamber music with a diverse roster of artists and repertoire. At this time of renewal, we are keen to continue our search for new and unjustly neglected voices on stage. I am particularly looking forward to our Learning Festival, which explores how the pandemic has challenged but also strengthened our sense of community.’
Tickets for all 25 concerts in the re-opening festival are available initially on a ballot basis to Friends of Wigmore Hall which can be joined for as low as £50 a year. Seating capacity will be determined by government announcements in the coming weeks. 13 concerts will be streamed free of charge on the Wigmore Hall site, and 3 concerts will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.