Here is an update on Wigmore Hall’s learning and participation programme during COVID, of which we are very proud.
Wigmore Hall’s celebrated Learning programme has for over 25 years worked to give people of all ages and backgrounds opportunities to take part in creative music making, enabling people who face barriers to taking part to be creative and express themselves through quality, co-created music making in safe, equal spaces. And this commitment has only been strengthened during the huge challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We may have closed our doors on 16 March, but since then we have developed a range of innovative and impactful remote activity for some of those most isolated and hardest hit by the pandemic.
Music for Life, our sector-leading programme for people living with dementia, now includes online regular group improvisation and composition workshops, online choirs and 1:1 phone calls for those who are unable to access the internet. Working with people living at home and with care homes, the wellbeing of people living with dementia and their carers is more important than ever as we live through and emerge from these extraordinary times.
Come and Create, our ensemble of young musicians with Autism Spectrum Conditions, continues online, offering a safe space for young people to connect, share music and create pieces together.
Chamber Tots at Home enables families with children under five to come together to sing, dance and listen to live music in our online adventures into space, under the sea and more!
We are looking forward to reconnecting with our partners at Cardinal Hume Centre, Solace Women's Aid and Chelsea Community Hospital School soon to engage people in creative music making who have experienced homelessness and poverty, women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and children and young people in hospital.
And as schools return next academic year, we look forward to reviving our innovative Partner Schools Programme, to once again co-create activity which responds to the needs and aims of schools and Music Education Hubs - aims which have changed significantly, and which music can play a huge role in achieving.