The generous support of Trusts and Foundations has been integral to the development of inspirational creative projects on which the Hall's traditions and reputation are built. Grants and donations have enabled us to:
- Launch the Wigmore Hall Emerging Talent scheme, which allows emerging singers, pianists and chamber musicians to gain invaluable performance experience, a broader knowledge of repertoire and professional development opportunities. The bold outlook and commitment of Mayfield Valley Arts Trust has been instrumental to the success of the Scheme since 2009.
- Commission new music and give a platform to living composers – in 2016, Wigmore Hall is delighted to welcome Helen Grime as our first female Composer in Residence. As part of her residency, which runs from autumn 2016 to autumn 2018, Helen will be creating new works as well as premièring chamber arrangements of existing pieces. Wigmore Hall’s Composer in Residence is generously supported by The Marchus Trust.
- Invest in and expand our Song Recital series, now presenting around 70 recitals each season, featuring international singers including Christian Gerhaher, Sarah Connolly and Mark Padmore. The series, thanks to the long-standing support of The Monument Trust, has secured Wigmore Hall’s position as a leading agent in the preservation of this unique art form.
- Grow the status and remit of competitions including the Kohn Foundation's longstanding support for the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition, and essential funding from Trusts and Foundations for the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.
- Invest in our Early Music and Baroque series, increasing the number of concerts from 10 to nearly 50 per season, and attracting a wonderful range of UK and international ensembles to perform on the Wigmore stage. Through this series, and thanks to Dunard Fund’s support, Wigmore Hall is now recognised in the UK and internationally as a leading venue for Early and Baroque music.