About Wigmore Hall Live

Bringing Wigmore Hall to the World

'We are delighted to be able to bring Wigmore Hall's musical programme to a much wider audience through this project. It will help us further to consolidate our profile worldwide and to preserve a record of outstanding performances.'

John Gilhooly, Wigmore Hall Director, 2005

Launched in October 2005, Wigmore Hall Live has released over 60 recordings to great critical acclaim – bringing the unique Wigmore Hall experience to music-lovers worldwide. Wigmore Hall is the first classical music venue in the world to have set up its own CD label. The Hall has invested in state-of-the-art recording equipment, and the comprehensive sound insulation has created an exceptional environment for live recording.

'Few concert venues possess the magic ingredient to play host to such a project'

Gramophone, March 2005

Critical Acclaim

Wigmore Hall Live won the Gramophone Award for Label of the Year in 2011.

Iestyn Davies, Richard Egarr & Friends – Arise my muse WHLive0065 won the Recital Award at the 2014 Gramophone Awards.

In addition to receiving many five-star reviews in the UK, Wigmore Hall Live recordings attract praise from the media all over Europe, Asia and the United States.

The label has received a BBC Music Magazine Award nomination in the vocal category for Christiane Karg & Malcolm Martineau – Songs by Strauss, Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, Wolf & Berg WHLive0062.

The label has received Gramophone Award nominations for

  • Soile Isokoski & Marita Viitasalo - Songs by Sibelius, Berg, Strauss, Gershwin and Merikanto WHLive0011
  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Roger Vignoles - Mahler Funf Ruckert Lieder, Songs by Handel, Lieberson songs
    from Five Rilke Songs WHLive0013
  • Peter Schreier & Andras Schiff - Schubert Schwanengesang, Gesänge des Harfners WHLive0006
  • Gerald Finley & Julius Drake - Songs by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky and Ned Rorem WHLive0025
  • Alina Ibragimova & Cédric Tiberghien - Beethoven violin sonatas vol. 3 WHLive0045

Our recording of the Elias String Quartet performing string quartets by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Schubert WHLive0028
won Best Newcomer in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2010.