Wigmore Hall’s season shared with larger audiences than ever through its Learning programme, broadcasting and innovative use of digital technology

Additional 5,000 £5 tickets for under-35 year olds released making 25,000 available and over 2,100 free concert tickets for school groups and young people aged 8-25

“We all count our blessings at Wigmore Hall’s permanent festival programming…In almost any week, one could pinpoint four or five must-hear concerts by artists of world-class stature.” Hugh Canning, Sunday Times

Wigmore Hall’s 2017/18 Season announced today by John Gilhooly, with nearly 500 concerts including 120 chamber music recitals, 70 song recitals, 50 London Pianoforte Series and 50 Early Music and Baroque Series concerts.

Wigmore Hall’s 2017/18 Season includes the following residencies:

  • Violinist Isabelle Faust gives five concerts including a weekend of Mozart, an evening of chamber music, and a period-instrument date with Kristian Bezuidenhout in virtuoso violin works by Biber and Bach
  • Jörg Widmann, composer, clarinettist and conductor, is celebrated by Tabea Zimmermann, the Hagen Quartet and Yefim Bronfman, while the Heath Quartet performs his five string quartets. Widmann himself partners Sir András Schiff and the Tetzlaff Quartet
  • Dunedin Consort present Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor in three large-scale choral concerts across the season
  • Sir András Schiff appears seven times during the season including recitals of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn
  • Virtuoso contralto Sonia Prina explores Italian repertoire with period-instrument bands Concerto Copenhagen and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and gives a recital of French mélodies
  • Christian Tetzlaff is joined by Lars Vogt for Brahms’s three violin sonatas, an ensemble of friends in Schubert's Quintet, the Tetzlaff Quartet and Jörg Widmann
  • Roderick Williams gives his first performances of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, Winterreise and Schwanengesang and shares his journey learning these iconic song cycles with students at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Other 2017/18 Season highlights include:

  • Seventeen concert survey of Haydn’s string quartets with the Castalian, Doric, Heath and Schumann string quartets, including all of Haydn’s quartets from the Opus 20s onwards
  • Cuarteto Casals performs a complete cycle of Beethoven’s string quartets, alongside new works by living composers
  • Special performance of Schubert’s Winterreise by Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida
  • Gerald Finley opens the season leading a line-up of vocal recitals by Ian Bostridge, Sarah Connolly, Joyce DiDonato, Iestyn Davies, Elīna Garanča, Christian Gerhaher, Matthias Goerne, Philippe Jaroussky and Simon Keenlyside among many others
  • Instrumentalists include pianists Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Kirill Gerstein, Richard Goode, Igor Levit and Daniil Trifonov; violinists Joshua Bell, Julia Fischer, Alina Ibragimova and Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and an evening with Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang
  • A focus on Bach featuring Angela Hewitt, James Ehnes, Philip Higham, Mahan Esfahani, the Dunedin Consort and Les Arts Florissants

From the world’s greatest artists to young artists making their debut, Wigmore Hall’s 2017/18 Season promises to be accessible to more people than ever before through its Learning programme, broadcasting and innovative use of digital technology. Its £5 tickets for under 35s has helped transform audiences, and for the 2017/18 Season The Wigmore Hall Trust has announced an additional injection of 5,000 subsidised tickets, making 25,000 now available. Over 2,100 free tickets are also made available to schools and young people aged 8-25.

In announcing Wigmore Hall’s 2017/18 Season John Gilhooly, who is responsible for all areas of the Hall’s programming, commented: “Our partnerships with artists have never been stronger. Musicians love the atmosphere in the Hall, they love the intimacy, they love being able to communicate with everyone in the audience. This is reflected in the number of projects they are prepared to take on specifically for Wigmore Hall. This Hall must be a place of diversity, discovery, open to new names and young artists, fresh interpretations and a constant exploration of all that the repertoire offers. It is also tremendously important that, through our Learning programme and innovative use of digital technology, we can share so much of what we have with the widest possible audience. Everyone at Wigmore Hall is deeply grateful to our many supporters who enable us to present such a rich, diverse and adventurous programme and for making all artists feel like they’re returning home.”

 

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