Wigmore Hall Learning's Associate Artists, Ignite, work across our programme and lead many of our projects in hospital and community settings.
Ignite is a group of professional musicians brought together by Wigmore Hall Learning in 2009. Central to the players' ethos is their dedication to creative learning and participation, working with improvisation and group composition to respond to a variety of contexts and participant groups, bringing out the musical voices of those with whom they work. They are experienced in working with a diverse range of people, in particular children, young people and adults in challenging circumstances.
Our ongoing partnerships and projects led by Ignite are:
Chelsea Community Hospital School (CCHS) provides education for children while they are in hospital. They also teach students who cannot access mainstream education due to medical or mental health conditions
We lead creative composition and improvisation projects across their four sites in Kensington and Chelsea, working with children and young people at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Collingham Child and Family Centre, Royal Brompton Hospital and St Mary's Hospital.
Read more on our most recent project on the CCHS blog.
The Cardinal Hume Centre enables people to gain the skills they need to overcome poverty and homelessness. They work with homeless young people, badly housed families and others in need.
We have worked with different groups across the Centre, including the Family Centre and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) class, supporting the development of musical, linguistic and social skills.
We lead projects throughout the year, including one in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music.
Musical Portraits is a collaborative project between Wigmore Hall, National Portrait Gallery and Turtle Key Arts, specifically designed for young people with Autistim Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Participants create their own works of art and music inspired by paintings at the National Portrait Gallery, culminating in a performance onstage at Wigmore Hall alongside musicians from Ignite, Wigmore Learning’s Associate Artists.
Musical Portraits encourages young people to develop their existing artistic and musical interests by providing meaningful opportunities to engage with art and music making in renowned venues, supported by professional musicians, visual artists and pastoral support staff.
Musical Portraits Band was developed to provide a progression route for returning participants, further building on their musical skills, confidence and teamwork as an ensemble. Participants reconnect with their artistic and musical interests and continue to develop strong communication and social skills, meeting more young people with ASD who have had the same Musical Portraits experience.
Musical Portraits takes place each summer, and Musical Portraits Band takes place each February and October half term. Visit our Community Events page for details of forthcoming events.
Jackie Walduck – leader/percussion
Daniel Parkin – flute
Vicky Wright – clarinet
James Barralet – cello
Lucy Shaw – double bass
As a performing ensemble, Ignite has an exciting catalogue of repertoire, mostly based on 'one-page' scores in which composers are commissioned to provide material for Ignite to develop, together as an ensemble, through improvisation into performance pieces. Ignite has commissioned music from Martin Butler, Param Vir, Stephen Warbeck, Stephen Hough, Luke Bedford, Jason Yarde, Peter Weigold, Elspeth Brooke and Joe Cutler.