Wigmore Hall aims to reopen in a month

London’s Wigmore Hall plans to re-open to the public from 13 September, it was announced this morning.

Some 60 concerts will be open to audiences of up to 56 attenders.

All concerts will be live streamed.

Artists include: Igor Levit, Sabine Devieilhe, Mahan Esfahani, Marianne Crebassa, Gerald Finley, Julia Fischer, Sir Andras Schiff, Leonidas Kavakos, the Arditti Quartet and the Nash Ensemble.

 

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  • But “protesters” outside Wigmore won’t be required to wear masks and besides, they have free license to B urn L ot and M urder. However, as an arts patron, if you are caught without a mask, the Metropolitan Police will haul you off to prison.

  • Will these concerts follow the original schedule as planned many months ago (I notice that many of the names were part of that original schedule), or is the schedule itself being changed? The Wigmore’s website seems to have blanked its calendars (but, bizarrely, the concerts on the ‘wish-list’ linked to my account with the box-office are bookable…).

  • Good news, and a good artists list from a beloved venue called Brchstein Hall until the Great War, when many things and names changed, including that of the Great War itself that became World War I, or the last war, was it?, but one” to Dylan Thomas and a few others. But how did they know?

  • An issue that has not been much discussed: with these dramatic reductions in audience capacity, how much will tickets cost at venues like Wigmore, and how will seats be released to the public? I expect demand is going to be through the roof especially in a large centre like London.

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