Wigmore Hall

Music, Music venues Marylebone
5 out of 5 stars
(8user reviews)
 (Wigmore Hall Auditorium © Peter Dazeley)
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Wigmore Hall Auditorium © Peter Dazeley
 (Wigmore Hall Entrance © Benjamin Ealovega)
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Wigmore Hall Entrance © Benjamin Ealovega
 (Wigmore Lates: Gwilym Simcock and Trish Clowes with the Heath Quartet)
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Wigmore Lates: Gwilym Simcock and Trish Clowes with the Heath Quartet
 (The cupola at Wigmore Hall © Peter Dazeley)
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The cupola at Wigmore Hall © Peter Dazeley
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Joyce DiDonato and and Antonia Pappano open the Wigmore Hall season
 (Come & Sing: Wigmore Hall music study programme open to all abilities)
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Come & Sing: Wigmore Hall music study programme open to all abilities
 (Wigmore Hall Restaurant offer pre-concert dining © Benjamin Ealovega )
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Wigmore Hall Restaurant offer pre-concert dining © Benjamin Ealovega
 (Chamber Tots Jamboree for schools at Wigmore Hall © Benjamin Ealovega)
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Chamber Tots Jamboree for schools at Wigmore Hall © Benjamin Ealovega
 (Alison Balsom plays trumpet with the English Concert directed by Trevor Pinnock)
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Alison Balsom plays trumpet with the English Concert directed by Trevor Pinnock
 (Wigmore Hall © Benjamin Ealovega)
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Wigmore Hall © Benjamin Ealovega
 (For Crying Out Loud! Relaxed concerts for parents and babies © Benjamin Ealovega)
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For Crying Out Loud! Relaxed concerts for parents and babies © Benjamin Ealovega
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 (For Crying Out Loud! Introduce your baby to music at Wigmore Hall © Benjamin Ealovega)
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For Crying Out Loud! Introduce your baby to music at Wigmore Hall © Benjamin Ealovega
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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.

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Venue name: Wigmore Hall
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Address: 36 Wigmore St
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W1U 2BP
Transport: Tube: Bond St
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It's a ruby in the dust. I don't use it as much as I should - I should learn to step away from my desk a bit more at lunchtime. In the evenings it's a great place to come and unwind. Please bring back the lates and the jazz in the bar when the jubilee line starts running all night. Ta.

tastemaker

A beautiful performance space just 5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus station.  Painted ceilings, marble walls, tremendous acoustics and polite, helpful staff.  A jewel in London's crown.  I can't believe I haven't visited before.  I went to a free afternoon concert of hugely talented graduates of The Royal Academy, a joy for them to perform there and even greater joy for the audience.  The venue works with the community and provides occasional concerts and workshops for families with children, dementia sufferers, and others with specific needs for either a token fee or for free. Even tickets for their programme of top performers are affordable.  Wonderful place.

Tastemaker

Having performed here myself, it is such a pleasure to sit down and take it all the sounds for yourself. Wigmore Hall is an iconic and very affordable way to experience quintessential British music at its best... not just British music either. It's a pity drinks are forbidden (like the Royal Festival Hall) as it's always nice to enjoy a tipple whilst you truly unwind but this is by no means a deal breaker, just a shame. The interior is very grand and the cafe/restaurant downstairs is great pre and post concert


Terrific venue for world class solo & chamber musicians with wonderful acoustics - a bit fusty like some of the clientèle but oh the music...

Tastemaker

Great place to go for lunchtime music concerts. Acoustics are impressive and make this an ideal place to get lost in the beautiful music. There are discounted tickets for the under 35s also. Reclaim your lunch break and give this place a visit one day if you happen to be in the area

 
Tastemaker

Set in a wonderfully central location and offering a wide variety of performances, Wigmore is a must visit for any Classical Music lover. Small enough to be intimate and big enough to have lovely acoustics, regardless of instrument, the building provides the perfect stage. Even better, if you are under 35, they have tickets to a lot of performances for only £5. What a bargain. 

Staff Writer

Seeing superstar pianists from the front row is ordinarily an experience that'll set you back a small fortune, but not at Wigmore Hall, where tickets rarely cost more than £40 (and are usually much less than that if you sit further back). And, it being one of the most intimate music venues in London, it doesn't really matter where you sit. The acoustics are great and the room truly beautiful. It's always worth taking a punt on last-minute tickets: even if the music doesn't thrill, you can feast your eyes on the stunning Arts and Crafts cupola over the stage. Look out for CDs of previous concerts on sale in the foyer.


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.