Supporting Wigmore Hall’s 2019/20 Season

Supporting the Hall through one of our Circles is a way to have a significant impact on our planning for seasons going forward whilst also gaining added insight into repertoire, artists and the workings of a concert hall.

By way of grateful thanks, we hope that the opportunity to meet and listen to artists and scholars will enhance your appreciation of the repertoire and enjoyment of coming to Wigmore Hall.

Voices at Wigmore Hall

Voices at Wigmore (Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000)

Voices at Wigmore is a committed group of song enthusiasts who play a crucial role in helping us keep the unique tradition of the song recital thriving. Our Song Recital and Vocal Series has grown substantially over recent years, and this is thanks, in large part, to the support of many generous audience members.

The 2019/20 Season will once again showcase many wonderful artists, both old favourites and new exciting voices, in over 80 song recitals. Alongside much more, there will be particular focuses on Schumann’s songs and a retrospective on Britten, to include his complete songs with piano, as well as the Canticles (explored by a starry line-up of artists).

We hope you will consider lending your support to this wonderful group of voices, and enjoy a selection of special events throughout the season, including:

  • A pre-concert talk and drinks reception before mezzo-soprano Catriona Morison’s recital on Wednesday 23 October 2019, exploring the repertoire for the evening
  • A post-concert reception with artists taking part in the Britten Song Series
  • The Director’s launch of the next season, in January 2020

Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000.

Early Music and Baroque Circle

Early Music and Baroque Circle (Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000)

Wigmore Hall’s Early Music and Baroque series continues to expand and we are proud to be one of the leading venues in Europe for the performance of this very special repertoire. During the 2019/20 Season we underline our commitment to Early Music once again, with over 60 concerts rich in world-class performers and programmes.

Due to the size of many of these ensembles and the additional instruments that often need to be hired and tuned, these concerts are amongst the most expensive that we present. We are very grateful to members of this Circle, who collectively ensure we can continue to promote this wonderful repertoire and make the most of this optimal setting and acoustic.

We are pleased to offer members additional insight through a selection of special events through the season, including:

  • An open rehearsal on Wednesday 1 July 2020, with virtuoso baroque performers Ensemble Marsyas
  • A pre-concert talk and drinks reception before the recital on Tuesday 14 April 2020 from Le Concert d’Astrée and director Emmanuelle Haïm
  • The Director’s launch of the next season, in January 2020

Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000.

Beethoven Circle

Beethoven Circle (Suggested donation of £2,500)

Born in 1770 into an age of political turmoil and social unrest, Beethoven wrote music marked by the spirit of revolution. 250 years on, Wigmore Hall’s season-long exploration of the composer’s timeless art will reveal fresh insights and place Beethoven in context through the works of his antecedents, his direct successors and those in the twentieth century who still felt his influence.

We are also embarking on a major initiative to connect with as wide an audience as possible, broadcasting the large majority of these concerts and events around the world, free of charge.

This is a significant project, which we hope will provide a host of wonderful musical experiences for audiences at the Hall and beyond. As key contributors to the Hall’s Beethoven celebration season, members of the Beethoven Circle will be invited to:

  • An informal breakfast with research, writer and music presenter, Katy Hamilton before the day’s programme of concerts on Sunday 15 September 2019
  • A post-concert reception with Cédric Tiberghien following his recital of Beethoven Variations on Saturday 9 November 2019
  • An open rehearsal with the Belcea Quartet, who will be surveying Beethoven’s complete string quartets over the course of the season.

Suggested Annual Donation of £2,500.

Sunday Morning Sponsors

Sunday Morning Sponsors (Suggested donation of £1,000 - £2,000)

Calling on all our Sunday morning concert devotees!

Sunday morning concerts are a staple in the Wigmore calendar. These hour long concerts allow us to present young artists to a friendly receptive audience who then share a coffee, a sherry and a conversation afterwards. The atmosphere is unique; the Hall is bathed in natural light, and it is a wonderful way for audiences to build a rapport with some of the most exciting talent around. This is an hour which frames the week for many: a moment in time with great music for people for all ages.

We want to create a loyal group of audience members who love the Hall and wish to personally support the Sunday morning concerts. In so doing, they will help us invest in the talent of the future.

A Sunday recital may be the start of an artist’s journey, after which, having had some Wigmore experience, they will move to performing full length recitals. Giving them that step up is important – to gather support and help nurture the careers of these young artists moving forward, we are asking our audience to make a suggested donation of £1,000 per year. To recognise your support, and your commitment to the Hall’s long-term future, you will be invited to one annual event around a Sunday morning concert hosted by the Director, John Gilhooly.

Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000.

Please note, all donations can be made in monthly instalments by Direct Debit. For more information and to join one of these groups please contact:

Isabel Harvey-Kelly
Head of Development 
020 7258 8226