Wigmore Lates are a firm fixture in the Wigmore Hall’s summer calendar and return this year with a diverse range of one-hour Friday performances, followed by live jazz and drinks in the Hall’s bar.
Featuring everything from innovative electric guitar performances and traditional Indian classical music to musical theatre and world-renowned classical musicians, this line up of seven late-night shows is the perfect start to the weekend, offering discounted £5 tickets for under 35s.
The series opens with a thrilling song recital by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and regular duo partner Bengt Forsberg on piano. The climax of this performance is Shostakovich’s powerful setting of poems by Russian and Soviet poet Marina Tsvetayeva, complemented with works by Britten, Grainger and Purcell (3 May).
Sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash perform an eclectic programme that fuses the Indian classical and western classical traditions. The two play a range of works by their father and guru, sarod icon Amjad Ali Khan, and are joined by violinist Jennifer Pike for a performance of Bach’s Partita No. 3 (31 May).
Violinist Viktoria Mullova pays homage to JS Bach, playing a breadth of the composer’s works for solo violin. Mullova also performs Prokofiev’s major Sonata in D and contemporary pieces such as Dai Fujikura’s line by line and Sir George Benjamin’s 3 Miniatures for solo violin (14 June).
Europe’s first majority BME orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, returns to the Wigmore Hall stage with a programme that is crowned by the London premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s Nnenna, a septet written especially for the orchestra, also performing Saint-Saëns Septet in E flat and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet in F minor (21 June).
Guitarist Sean Shibe brings the traditional acoustic together with the modern electric in a programme named after his disc, softLOUD. In a varied programme, Shibe explores everything from arrangements of 17th century Scottish lute works from Straloch and Rowallan manuscripts, to Steve Reich’s minimalist Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape (28 June).
Shibe returns to the Hall later in the series with flautist Adam Walker for a performance of Piazolla’s most famous work Histoire du Tango. Walker also plays Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea, Debussy’s Syrinx, Poulenc’s Sarabande and Shankar’s L’Aube enchantée (12 July).
Leading soprano Susan Bullock closes the Wigmore Lates series with a recital of classics from the Great American Songbook, with pianist Richard Sisson. The programme, entitled ‘Songs my father taught me’, ranges from the earlier classics of Gershwin and Rodgers and Hammerstein to modern pieces by Burt Bacharach and Stephen Sondheim, including My Funny Valentine, Someone to Watch Over Me and A House is not a Home (19 July).
All concerts are at 10pm and finish at 11pm. Full details of the concerts can be found at www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/lates