Experiencing symptoms of Wigmore Hall withdrawal? Just can’t wait until that opening concert on September 7th? Fear not – help is at hand, with the launch of a new series of televised broadcasts of recitals by many of the Wigmore’s favourite artists, courtesy of Sky Arts 2, and commencing on Monday August 12th at 8 pm. Recorded ‘live’ in the Wigmore’s legendary acoustic, the broadcasts run for 7 weeks, taking you well into the new season.
John Gilhooly, the hall’s Director and Executive Producer of the series, is understandably delighted with this new endeavour; the Wigmore has always been at the forefront when it comes to exploring ways of bringing music of the very highest quality to the widest possible audience, and this series should be an excellent addition to the hall’s already impressive array of outreach programmes.
As you’d expect, there is no diminution of quality for a TV audience; all of the concerts are given by artists of the highest calibre, and the programmes are a true reflection of the Wigmore’s style. Amongst such riches we will all have our favourites; personal ‘must-sees’ will be the recital by Sarah Connolly and Malcolm Martineau on August 26th which features mainly French songs, Iestyn Davies singing Dowland and Johnson on September 2nd, and the performance of Beethoven’s Op. 131 by the Takács Quartet on September 9th.
Full details of broadcast times and repeats can be found on the Wigmore’s site.