Some of my most treasured concert-going experiences have taken place here! It is such a beautiful building and you are right on top of the music even on the back row. The acoustic is perfect for chamber music solo piano and song recitals.
© Rob Greig
Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 31 2012
Built in 1901 as the display hall for the German company Bechstein Pianos, the Wigmore Hall was seized as enemy property in WWI and sold at auction for a fraction of its value. These days, boasting perfect acoustics, art nouveau decor and an excellent basement restaurant, the 'Wiggy' is one of the world's top chamber music venues and currently hosts around 400 events a year. Programming leans on the classical and Romantic periods. The Monday lunchtime recitals, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, are excellent value, as are the Sunday morning coffee concerts. Musical luminaries who have performed at the Wigmore Hall include Sergey Prokofiev, Shura Cherkassky, Paul Hindemith, Andrés Segovia, Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc. Tours of the auditorium, with its famous Art Nouveau mural, and other parts of the building take place during the Open House London event in September.
What's on at Wigmore Hall
Classical and opera
A recital of Schubert's Impromptu in C minor No 1, Impromptu in G flat No 3 and Fantasy in C, Wanderer, Brahms' Theme and Variations in D minor and Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition.
- Critics' choice
A day of recitals sporting more violas than is probably legal. Four virtuosi – Tabea Zimmermann, Antoine Tamestit, Gareth Knox and Rosalind Ventris, accompanied by pianist Thomas Hoppe – explore five centuries of music.