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Wigmore Hall presents three gala concerts to celebrate its 115th anniversary which will be broadcast to audiences worldwide in Wigmore Hall’s first partnership with the world’s leading classical music video channel, medici.tv.

Devised specially by Wigmore Hall’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, John Gilhooly, the three-concert series represents the breadth, depth and diversity of Wigmore Hall’s celebrated programming as well as the strength of its artistic partnerships with leading international artists and its commitment to new talent.

The first night of celebrations features the great Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja performing Schubert’s Sonata in B flat major, Cuarteto Casals, and singers Sophie Bevan (soprano), Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Allan Clayton (tenor), Henk Neven (baritone) and pianist James Baillieu performing Schubert’s finest Lieder (31 May).

The following night, dedicated to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Christoph Bach, highlights the vitality of Wigmore Hall’s Early Music and Baroque Series, with Jonathan Cohen’s period-instrument ensemble, Arcangelo, and three outstanding soloists: Rachel Brown (flute), Isabelle Faust (violin), Anna Lucia Richter (soprano) (1 June).

On the final evening of the 115th celebrations, the JACK Quartet brings together the old and the new, with a programme including fourteenth-century French Ars nova and Carlo Gesualdo’s madrigals, alongside UK premières of new work by Caroline Shaw and John Zorn (2 June).

The three concerts streamed on medici.tv and through the Wigmore Hall website will allow international audiences to watch the concerts live, for free, and with the option to replay the transmission after the initial live stream.

A rare UK collaboration for medici.tv, this transmission follows on from an impressive track record in outstanding classical music broadcasting with over 100 live concerts each year and 1,600 programmes in collaboration with the greatest orchestras and concert halls in the world. This special anniversary partnership between Wigmore Hall and medici.tv will capture and share widely this momentous event.

John Gilhooly, Chief Executive and Artistic Director,
Wigmore Hall says:

“We want to share everything we do with the widest possible audience and ensure that the arts continue to play a vital, positive and lasting role, whether here in this hall, in the wider community, or through the ever-changing digital and new media world. Wigmore Hall is committed to growing in all areas of its work and is determined to increase its reach and impact as part of what we see as our responsibility.

We have already seen an increase in the number of recitals broadcast by BBC Radio 3, growing international reach of releases on the Wigmore Hall Live label and the start of our own streaming, and I’m delighted to be celebrating our 115th anniversary with medici.tv and to connect Wigmore Hall with more people than ever before.”

Hervé Boissière, Founder and Managing Director, medici.tv says:

“It is a great joy to finally work with this iconic hall known for its intimacy and acoustical brilliance by the leading chamber musicians, recitalists and singers the world over. We look forward to bringing the magic of Wigmore Hall to our dedicated and passionate international audience.”

We want to share everything we do with the widest possible audience and ensure that the arts continue to play a vital, positive and lasting role, whether here in this hall, in the wider community, or through the ever-changing digital and new media world.

31 May, 1 June & 2 June 2016