Detailed plans have been drawn up to ensure that if government rules
permit, most concerts will be in front of an audience in the Hall.
Initially, numbers attending will be restricted to 56 people, 10% capacity,
with the ability to move to 112 seats, 20% capacity, as the season
The autumn series will not only include solo recitals and duos, but trios,
quartets and larger ensembles will return to Wigmore Hall for the first
time since lockdown.
Many of the over 200 musicians scheduled to perform will travel to London
from across the UK and Europe, marking the return of international
musicians to the Wigmore Hall stage since travel restrictions were lifted.
Any artists unable to fulfil their scheduled date at the Hall will be
replaced to ensure all concert dates are fulfilled.
The Hall will be open every day from 13 September to 1 November, but open
only on Mondays in November, and Mondays and Tuesdays in December, in case
of a worsening in the health crisis during the winter months.
Over 200 artists confirmed, of which over two-thirds are UK born or
UK based, underlining Wigmore Hall’s efforts to get artists earning
Reaffirming Wigmore Hall’s ongoing commitment to diversity of
repertoire and artists, performances include Apartment House,
Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, Tai Murray (violin), Elizabeth
Llewellyn (soprano), Fatma Said (soprano), Roderick Williams
(baritone), Arditti Quartet, Elena Urioste (violin), Kit Armstrong
(piano), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Claron McFadden (soprano)
and Matthew Wadsworth (lute) and a digital fundraising concert for
Special focuses on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in song and chamber
music, Polish-Jewish-Russian composer Mieczys?aw Weinberg, and the
pioneering 20th century minimalist Julius Eastman who expressed his
black and gay identity through music.
Special documentary on internationally acclaimed double bassist
Leon Bosch and his early anti-apartheid activism which saw him
jailed as a teenager in South Africa, and Rabbi Baroness Julia
Neuberger on Anti-Semitism. To celebrate the release of their
respective new books, Graham Johnson will give a talk on Poulenc,
and Natasha Loges and Katy Hamilton will present a discussion on
Concerts will go ahead with or without an audience. All concerts
will be live streamed in high definition on Wigmore Hall’s website
and will be free to view worldwide.
28 lunchtime concerts to be broadcast in association with BBC Radio
3 as well as a New Generation Artists weekend.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall said:
“It is a huge joy to announce that we will have 100 concerts between
now and Christmas, and we are very pleased to include so many local
artists, despite these very tough circumstances for Wigmore Hall.
Alongside the core chamber and song repertoire I have encouraged
artists to explore 20th- and 21st-century composers and a diversity of
repertoire throughout the series.
Concerts will go ahead with or without an audience and the schedule is
subject to change given the uncertainty of travel and the possibility
of local and international lockdowns and quarantine problems. We are
already planning for the spring, and many local artists included in the
spring series are on standby to bring their concerts forward, should we
need them for last-minute replacements this autumn.
This is not an easy time for the Hall or for live performing arts, and
this has been a very difficult project to put together, logistically,
and financially. We remain grateful to ACE and to the generosity of
individual donors and sponsors who are helping to underpin significant
costs around running the Hall at this challenging time.
Nobody should be under any illusion about how finely balanced things
are for the Hall for the foreseeable future. However, we are determined
to get artists working again, and to pay them their full fees through
this series. Please be generous if you are watching online, to help us
fulfil the pledge to put money in artists’ pockets, many of whom have
not worked since March, including artists at every stage of their
I hope this series of concerts encourages the Wigmore Hall audience to
continue their memberships and to continue supporting us as usual, for
which we are extremely grateful. We are also very pleased to
collaborate with our wonderful colleagues at BBC Radio 3 for a minimum
of 28 live broadcasts and a weekend dedicated to New Generation
Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3 and Classical Music:
“Live music is a vital part of the cultural offer in the UK and a core
part of BBC Radio 3’s remit, we are delighted to be supporting Wigmore
Hall in once again bringing their musical treasures to audiences
everywhere – we had such a positive reaction back in June when we
broadcast the last concerts and we can’t wait to be musical partners
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