For the first time in its history, Wigmore Hall will open the new concert season with a photography exhibition titled “Wigmore Hall: Portraiting Our People”.
Between September 2021 and July 2022, documentary photographer Christopher Jonas had unprecedented and unhindered access to Wigmore Hall to record the unseen side of daily life in the hall – revealing private and precious moments shared by artists and staff away from the glare of the limelight. Jonas works with a single 50mm manual focus lens on a Leica M-series camera, still in ambient light. Nearly 100 works, all shown to the public for the first time, will be displayed in the public areas of Wigmore Hall from September 2.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said: “The poignant intimacy of Christopher’s work complements what we strive to achieve every day at Wigmore Hall – bringing our audience ever closer to the greatest music performed by the greatest. artists. We are very grateful to our supporters for allowing us to present concerts every day this fall – a feat that should not be taken for granted as the harsh economic realities lie ahead.
Throughout September and October 2020, Wigmore Hall presents over 100 concerts. Highlights include:
- UK premiere of British composer Charlotte Bray’s ‘Ungrievable Lives’, a musical response to the migration crisis, performed by the Castalian String Quartet, in conjunction with a new art installation by Caroline Burraway (October 21)
Bray’s 13-movement quartet is featured alongside British artist Caroline Burraway’s eponymous installation, winner of the TBW Drawing Award – featuring 13 children’s dresses, handmade from refugee life jackets collected by the artist at the cemetery of life jackets in Lesbos (Greece), hanging from old iron and brass weighing hooks, above piles of sand. Each dress represents 1 of the world’s 13 million refugee children, signifying the absent body and evoking memory, absence and loss.
- Launch of a major series focused on composers
Year-long Samuel Coleridge-Taylor retrospective (from September 9):
Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn and pianist Simon Lepper kick off the five-concert Wigmore Hall series of songs and chamber music by the black British composer who was once a frequent visitor and performer at Wigmore Hall. Coleridge-Taylor’s music will be performed against the backdrop of his leading European colleagues, including Mahler, Strauss and Vaughan Williams, among others.
Vaughan Williams 150th Anniversary Celebration Series (from October 13):
Wigmore Hall’s Vaughan Williams series begins with a recital of songs by baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Susie Allan, and a chamber music extravaganza by the Nash Ensemble, culminating in a rendition of the composer’s masterpiece, “Serenade to Music”.
Complete Bach Cello Suites performed by Alisa Weilerstein (October 16)
Complete Piano Sonatas by Prokofiev performed by Olli Mustonen
(October 31, November 1)
- Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Contest 2022 (September 3 – 7)
The 12th edition of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition features 25 singers from 13 countries. The top three singer prizes and the pianist prize, totaling £22,500, are being donated by William and Judith Bollinger, who become the main sponsors of the 2022 and 2024 song contests.
- Launch of major artist residencies
Hilary Hahn, violin (from September 13); Iestyn Davies, countertenor (from September 21); Angela Hewitt (from September 22); Danish String Quartet (from September 23); Béatrice Rana (from October 11)
- Special celebration and benefit concerts
Concert for Parkinson’s UK with cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, violinist Tai Murray and violist Amihai Grosz (September 24)
Bicentenary celebration of the Royal Academy of Music performed by students past and present, including soprano Lucy Crowe, violinists James Ehnes and Jack Liebeck, cellist Josephine Knight and a Royal Academy of Music student ensemble led by Adam Hickox ( October 4)
50th anniversary of the Santander International Piano Competition with
pianist Barry Douglas and Cuarteto Casals (9 October)
- Wigmore Hall/BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts
Every Monday lunchtime, Wigmore Hall and BBC Radio 3 present an hour-long concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and streamed on the Wigmore Hall website.
The Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert reaches over half a million listeners a week, and Mondays at Wigmore Hall attract some of the biggest names in classical music, including Christoph Prégardien tenor & Michael Gees piano (September 12), Inon Barnatan piano (19 September), Laura van der Heijden cello & Tom Poster piano (26 September), Ewa Pobłocka piano (3 October), The Gesualdo Six (10 October), Christine Rice mezzo-soprano & Julius Drake piano (17 October) , Christian Lindberg trombone & Roland Pöntinen piano (October 24), countertenor Tim Mead, harpsichord Laurence Cummings and cello Jonathan Manson (October 31).
- Concerts by great soloists
Diana Damrau soprano & Xavier de Maistre harp (September 12), Elisabeth Leonskaja piano & Staatskapelle Streichquartett (September 19), Fatma Said soprano & Malcolm Martineau piano (September 20), Igor Levit piano (September 25), Dame Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano & Joseph Middleton piano (September 28), Maria João Pires piano (September 29), Midori violin, Jonathan Biss piano & Antoine Lederlin cello (October 2), Christian Tetzlaff violin & Kirill Gerstein piano (October 5), Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha soprano & Simon Lepper piano (October 19), Carolyn Sampson soprano & Joseph Middleton piano (October 25), Alina Ibragimova violin & Cédric Tiberghien piano (October 26), Richard Goode piano (October 29), Joshua Bell violin & Peter Dugan piano (October 30 ).
- Concerts by major string quartets and ensembles
Heath Quartet (11 September), Belcea Quartet (11 September), Brentano String Quartet (14 September), Vox Luminis (15 September), Le Concert Spirituel (17 September), Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (18 September), The English Concert (27 September), The Sixteen (October 1), Apartment House (October 12), Nash Ensemble (October 15), Wigmore Soloists (October 20), Castalian Quartet (October 21), Les Arts Florissants (October 23), Quatuor Ebène (25 October), O/Modern Chamber Orchestra with Hugo Ticciati violin (October 28).