Learning through Lockdown

2020 has been a challenging year for many, and our work connecting people through music has felt more important than ever.

Since we closed our doors in March, we have led 151 Wigmore Hall Learning events, enabling 1,424 engagements with the Learning programme.

We continue to prioritise engaging people who are most isolated, and are also now able to work with a wider range of people encompassing young children and families, young people, schools, and people living with dementia. We have been on a rich and steep learning journey, discovering innovative new ways of making music and being creative with people online, by phone and by post.

Some of the Learning team shared their highlights:

“I’ve been amazed by the determination and creativity shown by the Come and Create band. When we started the online workshops, there was never an expectation to create a finished piece of music completely online. However, with the band’s enthusiasm and willingness to create music, they have created several songs, including Sea Sounds which they co-created and co-edited, led by our music leaders.” Benjamin Redmayne, Programme Manager

“2020 has been an extraordinary year; hugely challenging but also hugely rewarding. We have discovered and experimented with new ways to connect with people, to be creative with people, and to share new experiences with people. Working remotely has enabled us to engage people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take part, and it’s been a total privilege to be a part of that process.” Daisy Swift, Learning Director

We look forward to seeing our participants and audiences online – and hopefully in person – soon!

‘That was beautiful, and uplifting, and mesmerising and so beautifully organised! … I really loved how we were all encouraged to contribute to the session’ Participant, Out of the Ordinary

“Thank you so much for the session yesterday - it was brilliant and my son (and his giant shark!) loved it. It really kept him engaged and enthused throughout, and afterwards he asked if we could do one every Monday” Parent, Chamber Tots at Home

“I’ll never forget this” Parent, Solace Women’s Aid project