The African Concert Series

Inclusivity Pledge

A Hall for Everyone

Singing With FriendsThe Wigmore Hall Trust’s guiding principle is to create a hall for everyone. Equality, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to this principle. We must therefore place inclusivity and relevance at the at the heart of everything that we do.

We exist and work within a local, national, and global society in which equality, diversity, and inclusion are moral imperatives that concern us all. Classical music’s record on diversity has not been perfect, but we are working to continually improve this, giving equal value and equal worth to all, regardless of protected, socio-cultural, socio-economic or other demographic characteristics. There can be no prejudice, intolerance, or inequity in our workplace or our programme.

Elaine MitchenerOur pledges

Everyone at the Trust shares responsibility for equality, diversity, and inclusion. These pledges, in line with the Arts Council England’s Inclusivity and Relevance Principles, are set out below. The work necessary to uphold these pledges will be monitored and advanced by our Trustees. The Trustees and executive leadership are accountable for maintaining an alignment between the pledges and our core values of Creativity, Collaboration, and Equality.

In addition to these pledges, we will continue to address under-representation in gender, socio-economic mobility, disability, and ethnicity across all our work.

Principle Our pledge
Governance and community We will give young people, global majority artists, and representatives from local partner organisations opportunities to shape our future and our creative direction, helping us to build further clear links with all of the communities we serve.
Openness and availability We will continue to find new ways to improve the awareness and availability of our programme in all communities. Where we identify barriers to this engagement, real or perceived, we will acknowledge and understand them, before working to remove them where possible.
Listening and respect We will foster an organisational ethos in which artists, staff, trustees, and partners feel valued, supported, and safe. We will always appreciate the different ways in which Wigmore Hall and our work is perceived both from the inside and the outside.
Opportunity and development We will expand our recruitment processes beyond the traditional arts publications and websites and welcome more diverse talent to Wigmore Hall’s staff. A more diverse staff base will translate into more success in delivering our pledges, a higher standard of artistic and learning output and a brighter future for Wigmore Hall and everyone associated with us.
Reflection and celebration On our stage, across our digital presence and through our Learning programme, we will show our ongoing commitment to diversity, and reflect and celebrate the diversity in the world around us.

Our Priorities

  • Continue to increase the number of programmed global majority artists
  • Alina Ibragimova and Cedric TiberghienContinue to increase the number of programmed disabled artists
  • Continue to headline our jazz programme with global majority artists
  • Ensure that at least 75% of our Associate Artists are global majority artists
  • Continue to increase the percentage of those in our audiences identifying as global majority
  • Continue to increase the representation of global majority and disabled composers receiving commissions
  • Develop anti-racist practice, beginning with pilot work within our learning programme.
  • Amjad Ali KhanChampion socio-economic diversity in our audiences and opportunities across the board through the provision of:
    • 25,000 tickets at £5 available to those under 35 years of age every season
    • Free tickets to many concerts, available to those under 26 years of age through our partnership with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust
    • Free to access digital broadcasts and on demand concerts
    • Half-price first booking for family events
    • £1 tickets for family events for those facing financial barriers
    • Free tickets for Wigmore Hall Learning community partner organisation staff
      and residents Chamber Totsand service users
    • Creative opportunities for people with marginalised identities, young people in the criminal justice system, families experiencing homelessness and poverty, and young people living in temporary accommodation as a result of homelessness
    • Development of a new presence in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, particularly working with marginalised young people
    • Free online teaching content and activities available to families, teachers and learners
    • Music for Life projects for people living with dementia, including an online provision for greater reach and better accessibility
    • Family and schools concerts that are accessible and welcoming for the d/Deaf community