Supporting Wigmore Hall’s 2018/19 Season

Supporting the Hall through one of our Circles is a way to have an enormous 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.

String Quartet Circle

String Quartet Circle, (Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000)

Chamber music has always been at the heart of what we do here at Wigmore Hall, with championing the string quartet central to this.

Following our focus on Haydn’s string quartets in the 2017/18 Season, we will continue our exploration of the quartet with a variety of projects including a focus on Schumann’s string quartets with the Elias String Quartet and a Bartók Cycle from the Jerusalem Quartet.

The 2018/19 Season will feature return performances from the Danish String Quartet, the Castalian String Quartet, the Heath Quartet, the Schumann Quartet and the Takács Quartet
(Wigmore Hall Associate Artists), as well as many debut recitals from new quartets including Quatuor Voce, Quatuor Arod and the Rolston String Quartet.

String Quartet Circle Events

  • An introductory talk on Schumann’s string quartets before the Artemis Quartet’s performance on Tuesday 13 November 2018
  • A talk and drinks reception before the Takács Quartet’s concert on Wednesday 15 May 2019

Piano Circle

Piano Circle, (Suggested Annual Donation of £1,000 - £2,000)

The London Pianoforte Series is a central part of Wigmore Hall’s programme and we are proud to be able to attract the world’s greatest soloists.

In the 2018/19 Season this includes Piotr Anderszewski, Emmanuel Ax, Christian Blackshaw, Richard Goode, Marc-André Hamelin, Angela Hewitt, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Igor Levit, Jonathan Plowright, and Sir András Schiff.

Our Steinway grand pianos must be kept in perfect condition to ensure world-class piano, song and chamber music recitals, but also to withstand an incredibly tough schedule. They are possibly the busiest pianos for live performance in the country, in use every day for lunchtime and evening performances as well as schools concerts, rehearsals and masterclasses. From almost daily tuning to biennial restringing, the maintenance of our pianos is constant and costly, and for this we need your help.

Piano Circle events

  • A pre-concert talk focusing on Brahms and a drinks reception before Jonathan Plowright’s performance on Monday 4 March 2019
  • A demonstration of how we tune and maintain our treasured Steinways, including revealing the mystery behind how our pianos are stored, followed by tea and coffee (date to be confirmed)

Early Music and Baroque Circle

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

The Wigmore Early Music and Baroque Series has expanded considerably over recent years and we are proud to be one of the leading venues for this repertoire in Europe, with more than 50 concerts in the 2018/19 Season.

Due to the size of many of the ensembles and the additional instruments that often need to be hired and tuned, these concerts are amongst the most expensive that we present. Members of this Circle collectively ensure that audiences can continue to experience the world’s leading performers of Early Music and Baroque in this optimal setting and acoustic at Wigmore Hall.

Early Music and Baroque Circle Events

  • A pre-concert talk and drinks reception before the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s performance on Monday 8 October 2018, providing an additional insight into this wonderful repertoire
  • Observation of the rehearsal for the evening’s concert on Thursday 21 February 2019 with Les Talens Lyriques and director Christophe Rousset, followed by tea and coffee

Voices at Wigmore

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

Voices at Wigmore is a dynamic group of song enthusiasts who have played a crucial role in helping us grow our Song Recital and Vocal Series substantially over the last three seasons.

During the coming season, the support of this group will be focused on helping us support Marlis Petersen’s residency here at the Hall and to nurture an exceptional new generation of singers, introducing them to Wigmore audiences alongside the leading artists in the world today.

We believe that what Wigmore Hall is doing with song can serve as a catalyst for the revival of song elsewhere. We rely on your support to help us keep this enormously valuable tradition alive for future generations of singers, song pianists and audiences.

Voices at Wigmore Events

  • A drinks reception prior to Marlis Petersen’s performance of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer on Monday 25 February 2019
  • Tea and cake with rising stars and former Wigmore Hall International Song Competion winners Milan Siljanov and Nino Chokhonelidze after their afternoon recital on Sunday 7 April 2019

Season Benefactors

Season Benefactors, (Suggested Annual Donation of £5,000+)

The Season Benefactors support specific artistic series within our season and enjoy a relationship with the Hall which is tailored to their particular interests. Donors can decide which aspect of our programme to focus on, for instance Chamber Music, Early Music & Baroque, Piano, Vocal or the Contemporary Music Series.

Your Involvement

As major contributors to our 2018/19 Season, Season Benefactors benefit from personal assistance from members of the Development office, an earlier Priority Booking deadline,  and are acknowledged in all Wigmore Series brochures and donor listings for the season.

We will celebrate the contribution of the Season Benefactors in particular on Monday 24 September: for this concert they receive two complimentary tickets, are invited to an interval reception, and are credited in the concert programmes.

Monday 24 September 2018
Christian Blackshaw Residency:
Christian Blackshaw (piano)
Members of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Season Benefactors also receive two complimentary tickets for a Season Patrons concert of their choice and are invited to attend all interval receptions (listed over page). Season Benefactors are also welcome to attend all Circle events detailed on previous pages.

Season Patrons

Season Patrons, (Suggested Annual Donation of £10,000+)

The exceptional commitment and philanthropy of Wigmore Hall’s Season Patrons enables the Director to deliver the visionary and diverse programming for which the Hall is internationally renowned, and helps us present the world’s leading artists.

Season Patrons enjoy a special relationship with the Hall. Our Development office ensures that they can make the most of our programme by assisting with ticket bookings (with an earlier Priority Booking deadline), sending regular updates, drawing their attention to particular concerts and events that may interest them, and ensuring that their visits to the Hall are as rewarding as possible.

Your Involvement

The support of the Season Patrons is marked at a series of concerts representing the breadth and quality of the entire season. At each of these, Season Patrons receive two complimentary tickets and are invited to an interval reception. They are credited in the concert programmes for these as well as in all Wigmore Series brochures and donor listings for the season.

Season Patron Concerts

  • Thursday 20 September 2018
    Alexander Melnikov (piano)
    Cuarteto Casals
    Works by Haydn, Prokofiev and Brahms
  • Wednesday 24 October 2018
    Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano)
    Tenebrae Consort
    ‘A walk with Ivor Gurney’
  • Wednesday 20 March 2019
    Vox Luminis
    All Charpentier programme
  • Wednesday 1 May 2019
    Pekka Kuusisto (violin)
    Programme to be confirmed
  • Tuesday 2 July 2019
    Ian Bostridge (tenor)
    Lars Vogt (piano)
    Schubert: Schwanengesang

We are very grateful to all those individuals who participate in our Circles, and who support the Hall so generously.

We would also like to acknowledge those whose generosity has exceeded £25,000 a year through the Director’s Circle. Their support for the artistic and Learning programmes generally, and for designated projects discussed together with them, enables Wigmore Hall to maintain its position as a leading and influential concert hall, and expand access to chamber music and song in all its forms worldwide, now and in the years to come.

For more information and to join one of these groups please contact:

Isabel Harvey-Kelly
Head of Individual Giving
020 7258 8226