Wigmore Hall’s first-ever Learning Festival Seven Ages culminates on Friday 23 February in a special gala concert for the Lord Mayor of Westminster, which will raise funds for Age UK Westminster and the Social Mobility Foundation.
The concert features a glittering array of established and emerging artists, including Ailish Tynan (soprano), Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), Ilker Arcayürek (tenor), Stephan Loges (bass-baritone) and Graham Johnson (piano), and will begin with rising star actor Fehinti Balogun reciting Shakespeare’s ‘All the world’s a stage’ soliloquy from As You Like It.
This soliloquy is then set to music in a new work by Joseph Phibbs, which will receive its world première at the concert, alongside a programme of songs by Poulenc, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler and Gilbert & Sullivan. All of this music will reflect the different stages of life and the diversity of the Hall’s work for people of all ages.
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Ian Adams, said: “Wigmore Hall is a jewel in London’s musical world, and has been a part of my life since I arrived here as a student around 30 years ago. I was therefore delighted when the Hall’s Director, John Gilhooly, offered me the opportunity to host a concert, supported by Victoria Business Improvement District, in support of the two charities which I am championing: Age UK and the Social Mobility Foundation. While at school I was introduced to classical music through concerts, and that inspired in me a lifelong love of the art. I hope that the young people from the community who are attending this Friday’s event will really enjoy it, and it will enthuse them to explore classical music further.”
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said: “We are very pleased that this concert will raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s charities. As a highlight of our Seven Ages festival, this concert gives us the opportunity to showcase the vibrant diversity of Wigmore Hall’s Learning programme, especially in the community.”