Wigmore Hall

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Wigmore Hall
Venue says Booking now for Sep-Dec 2017! Intimate concerts featuring internationally acclaimed classical musicians. Tickets from £15 or less.

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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Wigmore Hall says
“We all count our blessings at Wigmore Hall’s permanent festival programming…In almost any week, one could pinpoint four or five must-hear concerts by artists of world-class stature.” Hugh Canning, Sunday Times

Wigmore Hall has been providing London with a unique venue to experience exceptional performances from the world’s leading classical musicians for over 100 years. From contemporary pieces and new commissions, to early music and baroque, and late night Jazz or extraordinary instrumental recitals, Wigmore Hall offers a diverse range of music at an unrivalled level of excellence.

Wigmore Hall is set apart by the intimacy of the experience and the clarity of the acoustic in our iconic auditorium. Nowhere else in London can you get as up close and personal to the performers and musicians than at Wigmore Hall. If it is your first time visiting, or your five-hundredth time, each new season is packed with something for every age and musical taste. Come to Wigmore Hall to experience the exceptional world of classical music and intimate chamber performances.

Wigmore Hall Learning gives people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities opportunities to take part in creative music making. Our wide range of innovative projects and events connect children, families, schools, young people and adults with music, both in the community and at the Hall.

Visit our website for more information on what’s coming up at Wigmore Hall.
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Address: 36 Wigmore St
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W1U 2BP
Transport: Tube: Bond St
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Neil R
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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.

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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

Alaskalater

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

jeaniekarl
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

 

O. Gordon
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. 

Martin C
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.

Anthony Yates

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.