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Become an Ambassador for the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition

Competition Ambassadors are string quartet enthusiasts who strongly believe in the value of the Competition and in the discovery and development of young talent. They are drawn from people who have a deep love of the string quartet and would like to support Wigmore Hall’s continuing commitment to this art form, as well as those passionate about supporting some of the best young artists currently emerging onto the international stage.

Become an Ambassador today and be right at the heart of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

Esme Quartet in their Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition winning performance C. Benjamin EalovegaHelp nurture young talent

Wigmore Hall believes strongly in supporting talented young artists at the start of their careers. The Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition provides a vital public platform from which young musicians can break into the world of professional performance at the highest level.

"Winning First Prize at the WHISQC has allowed us to fulfil our dreams of performing chamber music, by helping us develop musically and artistically through different concert experiences and residencies." Esmé Quartet (winner in 2018)

The value of the Competition to prize-winning quartets is enormous, as it provides unique professional development opportunities in addition to cash prizes, such as:

  • High-level coaching and training
  • Prestigious recital engagements in the UK and USA
  • Recordings and residencies

How your gift can help

  • One donation of £2,000 per year for 3 years would fully fund all travel and accommodation for the winner’s post-Competition tour
  • A donation of £1,000 per year for 3 years would enable the winner to make a professional CD recording
  • Five donations of £300 per year for 3 years would make a significant contribution towards the costs of coaching with top chamber musicians for winners and other participants

422 colour medium   WHISQC final 15 April 2018 v1 currentWhat your support really means:

  • A solid foundation towards our general Competition costs of £100,000 every three years.
  • A number of special cash prizes for which all participants are eligible, not just the Competition winners.
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation for participating quartets.
  • Providing an outstanding professional development programme for the Competition winners, including worldwide recital and festival engagements and appearances at prestigious masterclasses.
  • Enabling us to make tickets FREE for the Preliminary Round of the Competition


All Ambassadors will receive:

  • priority booking for the International Competition
  • advance information about the International Competition and regular news updates
  • personal credit in the Competition programme and Competition website
  • invitations to exclusive Ambassadors events
  • opportunities to meet the competitors and jury

We welcome donations at all levels, with a suggested minimum of £300 per year for 3 years

To join or find out more about benefits linked to your preferred support level, please contact Ruth Wheal, General Manager – Competitions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 020 7258 8244.