Occasional readers and Twitter followers will know how much I love the Wigmore Hall and whose programming is an ever evolving parade of well known names and hot young talent. Thought I’d be a good idea to mention some of the interesting events coming up in the next 10+ months and in a way to encourage many more people to book for this wonderful, intimate venue. If you thing classical music, baroque, song are intimidating genres, there is no better place to dip your toes in. Central London’s village hall.
Song recitals, opera, vocal
12 September 7.30
The exciting young baritone is worth catching in recital, he will be singing songs by 12 composers on the theme of travel. Accompanied by pianist Gary Matthewman
20 September 7.30
Ferrier Centenary Celebration Concert
Alice Coote and Graham Johnson will pay tribute to the contralto Kathleen Ferrier. Coote is surely one of the greatest mezzo sopranos gracing the planet and any appearance becomes a big event. Look out for returns for this one!
8 October 1.00
These lunchtime recitals are only an hour long and are transmitted live on BBC Radio 3. A great introduction to the hall and song repertoire and also a great platform from fresh young talent like Johnston
18 October 7.30
Susan Bickley+Roderick Williams+Mark Braithwaite+Iain Burnside
As part of the ‘Frank Bridge Song Focus’ series. A bunch of excellent vocalists with the always wonderful Iain Burnside, you can’t go wrong with this one.
5 November 1.00
Another lunchtime treat with the wonderful Austrian mezzo singing an all Schumann recital. Worth taking the day off to be there.
16 November 7.30
The German baritone has a great affinity for Schubert’s music and this recital with Gerold Huber will be a wonderful treat.
20 November 7.30
Birgid Steinberger+Angelika Kirchschlager+Ian Bostridge+Christopher Maltman+Julius Drake
An all Schubert programme by this crack team of singers under the brilliant Julius Drake.
22 November 7.30
Britten Sinfonia+Jacqueline Shave+Alice Coote
My bias is obvious but another Alice Coote recommendation the programme is mouthwatering.
27 November 7.30
Handel’s Altos – Music for countertenor and castrato
Iestyn Davies+Ensemble Matheus+Jean-Christophe Spinosi
A recital of Handel stage cantatas and opera arias with some Telemann as the binding medium. Davies is a much in demand star and as part of his residency he will take part in 4 recitals so it will be easier to get tickets than the last few times!
2 December 7.30
Joan Rodgers+Elizabeth Watts+Allan Clayton+Gerald Finley+Julius Drake+ Malcolm Martineau
Just look at the singers and the repertoire is an all Britten affair. Hunt down those returns!
4 December 7.30
Nash Ensemble+Sandrine Piau+John Mark Ainsley+Rickard Watkins+Lawrence Power+Martyn Brabbins
Another all Britten affair, this time Piau will tackle Les Illuminations and Ainsley will contribute to Serenade Op.35 under Brabbins it should be a memorable evening.
14 December 7.30
The Cardinall’s Musick+Andrew Carwood+Alistair Hogarth
This trendy vocal ensemble sing Britten’s late choral works. It promises to be a beautiful evening
23 December 7.00
Classical Opera Orchestra+Sophie Bevan+Christopher Ainslie+Allan Clayton+Jacques Imbrailo+Ian Page
An exceptional cast of young singers will make me book this, despite the seasonal boredom of another Messiah.
4 January 2013 7.30
French Song Series: In the shadow of the Opéra
Lucy Crowe+Christopher Maltman+Graham Johnson
A programme of songs by Bizet, Gounod, Saint-Saëns and Hahn with a plucky pair of singers, it should be a delight.
6 January 2013 7.30
The Hugo Wolf Songbooks
Angelika Kirchschlager+Dietrich Henschel+Julius Drake
A great chance to hear the Morike and Goethe songbooks…a great way to spend a Sunday evening.
11 January 2013 7.30
Marlis Petersen+Jendrick Springer
Recital of settings of Goethe’s poetry sang by a great singer.
11 February 2013 7.30
Monteverdi – Selva Morale E Spirituale
The Sixteen+Harry Christophers
Some early music indulgence
18 February 2013 7.30
French Song Series: Masques et Bergamasques
Ailish Tynan+Yann Beuron+Graham Johnson
Paul Verlaine poetry set by Faure, Bordes, Debussy, Dupont and Koechlin with a dynamic young team under the wing of Graham Johnson.
3 March 2013 4.00
Benedict Nelson+Malcolm Martineau
Programme yet to be decided but a good time to see this young baritone in action.
17 March 2013 4.00
Sophie Bevan+Sebastian Wybrew
A very eclectic programme from Purcell to Barber via Wolf. It will be wonderful to have this luminous young star soprano sing Barber’s Hermit Songs.
4 April 2013 7.30
Karita Mattila+Ville Matvejeff
A selection of songs by Poulenc, Debussy, Sallinen and Marx. A rare chance to see her sing in such an intimate venue.
12 April 2013 7.30
French Song Series: The Lure of Beyreuth
Sarah Connolly+John Mark Ainsley+Graham Johnson
Seeing Connolly sing French repertoire is always a treat. Also a chance to see Connolly with Malcom Martineau on 1 May 2013 and with Julius Drake on 20 July 2013.
15 April 2013 7.30
One of the most wonderful new voices and glad we will have the chance to see him sing here after having to cancel his last engagement.
9 May 2013 7.30
Anna Caterina Antonacci+Accademia Degli Astrusi
Any recital by Anna Cata is a must attend occasion…be prepared to look out for returns as members will hoover the tickets in advance
1 June 2013 7.30
Christopher Maltman+Julius Drake
A chance to see them get their way with Eisler’s Hollywood Songbook.
Orchestral / Instrumental
7 November 7.30
He’s been making critical splashes of late and this is a great chance to see him live and playing Liszt and Brahms. Tickets are only £10 it would be rude not to.
8 November 7.30
One of the truly great pianists and one that doesn’t visit London that frequently. A definite must see.
10 December 1.00
A wonderful pianist playing Brahms and Schumann surely it will lighten up a dreary December day in London town.
24 March 2013 7.30
Viktoria Mullova+Kristian Bezuidenhout
A programme of Beethoven sonatas by the estimable all action duo. Their last performance at the WH was tremendous.
22 April 2013 1.00
Having the noted Russian pianist play Tchaikovsky is a luxury that has to be indulged.
27 May 2013 7.30
Adam Walker+James Baillieu
The young Adam stepped in the last minute at a recent Karina Gauvin recital (to replace Andrea Oliva) and was truly charming and engaging. Glad he’s been given his own date.
31 May 2013 7.30
Any opportunity to see him live has to be grabbed…
17 June 2013 1.00
Decca’s recent signing takes part in this lunch time recital as he hasn’t played that much since the release of his album worth catching.
Add on all the above the just transferred Rosenblatt Recitals which open at WH with the tremendous Lawrence Brownlee on 24 September!
Hope the above list will prove useful and if any readers haven’t been to the Hall to find a concert you’d like to sample.