Highlights include:

  • World premiere of new works by Jonathan Dove, Oliver Leith, Roxanna Panufnik [pictured]; Huw Watkins’s one-act opera In the Locked Room, based on a Thomas Hardy short story, receives its Wigmore Hall premiere
  • World premiere of new work by Sylvia Lim in a concert featuring 16 female composers performed by the Hermes Experiment
  • Actor Toby Jones performs British contemporary artist Ed Atkins’ Old Food, a Wigmore Hall co-presentation with London Contemporary Music Festival and Cabinet, London
  • Nash Ensemble recreates Dame Myra Hess’s historic series of National Gallery concerts during World War II – featuring Dame Patricia Routledge
  • Three Kanneh-Mason siblings – Sheku, Braimah and Jeneba – perform an all Mendelssohn programme; saxophonist Jess Gillam launches her series with music by Britten, Graham Fitkin and Ayanna Witter-Johnson
  • Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih commemorates the Centenary of Saint-Saëns’ death
  • Astro Piazzolla Centenary celebrations featuring the Argentine tango composer’s grandson Daniel ‘Pipi’ Piazzolla
  • Double bass player Leon Bosch’s 60th Birthday Year concert
  • Major season of Advent and Christmas concerts featuring sacred music performed by early music ensembles the Gabrieli Consort, VOCES8, O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, Solomon’s Knot, the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo and Siglo de Oro.
  • Song recitals by Ian Bostridge, Christian Gerhaher, Philippe Jaroussky, Christiane Karg, Magdalena Kožená, Eva-Maria Westbroek
  • Return of international artists and ensembles Piotr Anderszewski, Les Arts Florissants, Yulianna Avdeeva, James Ehnes, Julia Fischer, Angela Hewitt, Truls Mørk, Garrick Ohlsson, Sir András Schiff, Takács Quartet, Lars Vogt

Wigmore Hall today announced 90 concerts from 1 November until the end of 2021.  Eight centuries of music will be performed by the finest British and international artist everyday throughout the winter season.  In addition to several broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, twenty of the concerts will also be streamed live on the Wigmore Hall website to a worldwide audience.

In major co-presentation with the London Contemporary Music Festival and London’s Cabinet gallery, a first for Wigmore Hall, the renowned actor Toby Jones will perform Old Food, a soliloquy by the British contemporary artist Ed Atkins.  Described as ‘one of the great artists of our time’ by Serpentine Galleries’ Artistic Director Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Atkins’ anti-poem ‘lurches from allegory to listicle, from lyric to menu, fetching up a plummeting, idiomatic and crabbed tableau from the cannibalised remains of each form in turn.  Written in conjunction with Atkins’ exhibition of the same name, Old Food is a hard Brexit, wadded with historicity, melancholy and a bravura kind of stupidity.’

John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said: ‘It has been a great joy to put this programme together, and I hope audiences continue to build in the months ahead as the Hall fulfils its mission as a living, evolving hub at the forefront of the contemporary chamber music world.’