Wigmore Hall to reopen for 120th anniversary

The Wigmore Hall in London will reopen on May 17 with a 25-concert festival marking its 120th birthday, running until May 31.

It will open with nine new associate artists, including Nitin Sawhney, Amjad Ali Khan and Elaine Mitchener, and a green room renamed in honour of the soprano Jessye Norman who died in 2019 after a long association with the hall.

Image show the Wigmore Hall being prepared for reopening

Among the artists appearing in the festival, which will have a theme of connectivity following the enforced lockdown, will be Andras Schiff, Misujko Uchida, Stephen Hough and Steven Isserlis.

“Since its auspicious opening in 1901 Wigmore Hall has become the international headquarters of chamber music with a diverse roster of artists and repertoire” said John Gilhooly, the hall’s director. “At this time of renewal we are keen to continue our search for new and unjustly neglected voices on stage. I am particularly looking forward to our Learning Festival, which explores how the pandemic has challenged but also strengthened our sense of community.”

 

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