Contemporary Music Series

Contemporary Music Series

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Wigmore Hall stands as a major supporter of contemporary chamber music and song, as commissioner of new works and champion of living composers. The Hall is determined to bring fresh creative energy to the repertoire, not least through its extensive commissioning programme and promotion of world, UK and London premières.

'Our commissioning scheme is already the most extensive in Europe for chamber music. We plan to present up to 20 commissions per season from 2013 and make Wigmore Hall one of the world's foremost centres for contemporary chamber music.'

Wigmore Hall Director, John Gilhooly

We are very grateful to all those who have generously supported the Contemporary Music Series, including Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, The Marchus Trust, and André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation.

Arditti Quartet © Astrid Karger

Cancelled: Arditti Quartet

Wednesday 29 April 2020 7:30PM

Rihm, Gilbert, Felder, Hosokawa and Henze

Artemis Quartet

Cancelled: Artemis Quartet; Eckart Runge cello

Saturday 2 May 2020 7:30PM

Beethoven and Auerbach

Christian Lindberg   © Mats Bäcker

Cancelled: Christian Lindberg trombone; Roland Pöntinen piano

Monday 4 May 2020 1:00PM

Stravinsky, Weber, Lindberg, Pöntinen and Debussy

Connaught Brass © Les Brewster

Cancelled: Connaught Brass

Tuesday 5 May 2020 1:00PM

Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition Winner

Errollyn Wallen © Azzurra Primavera

Cancelled: Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music

Saturday 9 May 2020 10:30AM


Errollyn Wallen © Azzurra Primavera

Cancelled: Errollyn Wallen in Conversation

Saturday 9 May 2020 12:00PM

Errollyn Wallen © Azzurra Primavera

Cancelled: Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music

Saturday 9 May 2020 2:00PM


Kirill Gerstein   © Marco Borggreve

Cancelled: Kirill Gerstein piano

Friday 22 May 2020 7:00PM

Liszt, Adès, Brahms and more

Jupiter String Quartet © Sarah Gardner

Cancelled: Jupiter String Quartet

Sunday 24 May 2020 11:30AM

Ligeti and Schubert

JACK Quartet © Beowulf Sheehan

Cancelled: JACK Quartet

Sunday 24 May 2020 7:30PM

Macklay, Lachenmann and Lamb

'Convo' at Royal Albert Hall, March 2019 © Sheila Burnett

Cancelled: Hear Our Voices: Jess Gillam & Ollie Howell in concert with Tri-borough musicians

Saturday 30 May 2020 7:30PM

Ravel, Milhaud, Howell and Harding

Trio Gaspard © Andrej Grilc

Cancelled: Trio Gaspard

Monday 1 June 2020 7:30PM

Beethoven, Winkelman and Mendelssohn

Guy Johnston   © Kaupo Kikkas

Cancelled: Guy Johnston cello; Tom Poster piano

Friday 5 June 2020 10:00PM

Beethoven, Schumann, Fauré and more

Vijay Iyer   © Lena Adasheva

Cancelled: Vijay Iyer piano; Aurora Orchestra; Duncan Ward conductor

Wednesday 10 June 2020 7:30PM


Marc-André Hamelin   © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Cancelled: Marc-André Hamelin piano

Friday 12 June 2020 7:00PM

Enescu, Fauré, Feinberg and Rzewski

Attacca Quartet © Shervin Lainez

Cancelled: Attacca Quartet

Friday 12 June 2020 10:00PM

American Beauty

Liselotte Östblom

Cancelled: Liselotte Östblom/Rupert Cox Duo

Tuesday 16 June 2020 5:30PM

Django Bates Still Life Phrenology © Nick White

Cancelled: Django Bates piano; Iain Ballamy tenor saxophone; Josefine Lindstrand vocals

Thursday 18 June 2020 7:30PM

Forty Years Outside the Box

Members of Britten Sinfonia © Benjamin Ealovega

Cancelled: Members of Britten Sinfonia; Iestyn Davies countertenor

Wednesday 24 June 2020 1:00PM

Purcell, Wolf, Gurney, Watts and Schoenberg

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group © Andrew Fox

Cancelled: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Geoffrey Paterson conductor; Alice Rossi soprano; Peter Eötvös conductor*

Wednesday 24 June 2020 7:30PM

Saunders, Illean, Eötvös, Kishino and Birtwistle

Tamsin Waley-Cohen   © Ben Russell

Cancelled: Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin; Huw Watkins piano

Friday 26 June 2020 7:00PM

Debussy, Stravinsky, Watkins, Britten and Janáček

Roderick Williams   © Benjamin Ealovega

Cancelled: Roderick Williams baritone; Christopher Glynn piano

Monday 29 June 2020 7:30PM

A Hardy Songbook

Jess Gillam   © Ben Russell

Cancelled: Jess Gillam saxophone

Friday 10 July 2020 10:00PM

Iturralde, Heath, Nyman and more

Ailish Tynan   © Benjamin Ealovega

Cancelled: Ailish Tynan soprano; Iain Burnside piano

Monday 20 July 2020 7:30PM

Wolf, Duparc, Berlioz and more

Anthony Marwood   © Felix van Dijk

IMS Prussia Cove

Thursday 1 October 2020 7:30PM

Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Benjamin and Dohnányi

Britten Sinfonia © Benjamin Ealovega

Members of Britten Sinfonia

Wednesday 14 October 2020 1:00PM

Hildegard of Bingen, Sheen and Knussen

Fretwork © Nick White

Fretwork; Elizabeth Kenny lute

Wednesday 14 October 2020 7:30PM

Dowland and Williams

Independent Opera Scholars 2020 © Benjamin Ealovega

Samantha Quillish soprano; Lauren Young mezzo-soprano; Glen Cunningham tenor; William Thomas bass; Florence Boissolle piano

Thursday 15 October 2020 7:00PM

Independent Opera Scholars’ Recital

Katharina Konradi   © Christoph Gellert

Katharina Konradi soprano; Joseph Middleton piano

Sunday 25 October 2020 7:30PM

Tchaikovsky, Laitman, F Mendelssohn and Mendelssohn

Jeremy Denk   © Michael Wilson

Jeremy Denk piano

Friday 30 October 2020 7:30PM

Schumann, Chopin, Adès, Rzewski and Beethoven

Steven Isserlis   © Joanna Bergin

Steven Isserlis cello; Connie Shih piano

Wednesday 4 November 2020 7:30PM

Saint-Saëns, Hahn, Adès and more

Daniil Trifonov   © Dario Acosta

Daniil Trifonov piano

Saturday 7 November 2020 7:30PM

Berg, Prokofiev, Bartók and more

Stile Antico © Marco Borggreve

Stile Antico

Sunday 8 November 2020 7:30PM

The Journey of the Mayflower

David Greilsammer   © Julien Mignot

David Greilsammer piano

Friday 13 November 2020 7:30PM

The Labyrinth

Mingjie Lei   © Yuexin Zhang

Mingjie Lei tenor; Llŷr Williams piano

Sunday 15 November 2020 3:00PM

Mozart, Purcell, Schubert and more

Paul Watkins   © Paul Marc Mitchell

Paul Watkins cello; Huw Watkins piano

Monday 16 November 2020 1:00PM

Debussy, Schumann, Zev Gordon and Fauré

Evgeny Kissin   © Felix Broede

Evgeny Kissin piano

Monday 16 November 2020 6:30PM

The Jeremy Singer Charitable Trust Fundraising Concert

Andrè Schuen   © Guido Werner

Andrè Schuen baritone; Daniel Heide piano

Wednesday 18 November 2020 7:30PM

Larcher, Schubert and Korngold

Emile Parisien and Vincent Peirani Duo © JP Retel

Emile Parisien and Vincent Peirani Duo

Thursday 19 November 2020 7:30PM

Cédric Tiberghien   © Jean-Baptiste Millot

Cédric Tiberghien piano

Friday 20 November 2020 7:30PM

Sweelinck, Brahms, Benjamin, Beethoven and Mozart

Quatuor Diotima © Molina Visuals

Quatuor Diotima

Saturday 21 November 2020 11:30AM

Larcher and Ravel

Sarah Aristidou   © Andrej Grilc

Sarah Aristidou soprano; Ilker Arcayürek tenor; Benjamin Baker violin; Maciej Kułakowski cello; Benjamin Frith piano

Saturday 21 November 2020 3:00PM


Thomas Larcher   © Eduardus Lee

Thomas Larcher piano; Paul Lewis piano

Saturday 21 November 2020 7:30PM

Larcher, Beethoven, Kurtág and Schubert

Hagen Quartet © Harald Hoffmann

Hagen Quartet; Jörg Widmann clarinet

Tuesday 1 December 2020 7:30PM

Mozart and Widmann

Tenebrae © Chris O’Donovan

Tenebrae; Nigel Short conductor

Thursday 3 December 2020 7:30PM

Humanity and Liberty

Simon Rowland-Jones © Kevin Laitak

Carducci String Quartet; Theodore Platt baritone

Saturday 5 December 2020 11:00AM

Beethoven, Rowland-Jones and Barber

Simon Rowland-Jones   © Kevin Laitak

Simon Rowland-Jones viola; Doric String Quartet

Saturday 5 December 2020 2:30PM

Haydn, Bridge and Rowland-Jones

Artemis Quartet © Felix Broede

Artemis Quartet

Saturday 5 December 2020 7:30PM

Mendelssohn, Vasks and Beethoven

Quatuor Arod © Richard Dumas

Quatuor Arod

Monday 14 December 2020 1:00PM

Kurtág and Schubert

Gianluca Petrella Trio © Luca d'Agostino

Michele Rabbia drums, electronics; Eivind Aarset guitar, electronics; Gianluca Petrella trombone, sounds; Avishai Cohen trumpet; Yonathan Avishai piano

Thursday 17 December 2020 7:30PM

Lost River / Playing the Room

Sharon Kam   © Nancy Horowitz

Sharon Kam clarinet; Enrico Pace piano

Monday 28 December 2020 7:30PM

Schumann, Lutosławski, Gade and more

Novus String Quartet © Jin-ho Park

Novus String Quartet

Tuesday 29 December 2020 7:30PM

Britten, Larcher and Schubert

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