Christian Gerhaher, Sabine Devieilhe, Gerald Finley to Reopen Wigmore Hall in September

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Photo Credit: Thomas Egli)

Wigmore Hall, one of the leading UK cultural venues, has announced that it will reopen on September 13, 2020.

The program will consist of a series of 80 concerts, and will last until Nov. 1, 2020.

Each concert will be approximately 60–90 minutes in length with no intermission and will all be live-streamed in high-definition video on Wigmore Hall’s website. Wigmore Hall management has initially reduced auditorium capacity to 56 in strict compliance with the government’s social distancing guidelines, under the premise that live audiences’ presence will be allowed with the UK Government’s COVID-19 rules. After the government’s announcement on July 31 postponing previous permission for public concerts, Wigmore Hall has reiterated its will to go ahead with the program, even as with empty hall broadcasts.

Should new guidance allows Wigmore Hall to have an audience in September, the institution will notify the potential visitors. Meanwhile, Wigmore Hall will undertake a series of measures to comply with the government’s latest health and safety guidelines to provide audiences with the safest and most comfortable environment to enjoy music.

The autumn series will not only include solo recitals and duos, but trios, quartets, and larger ensembles will also return to Wigmore Hall for the first time since the lockdown. The series opens on September 13 with a song recital by German baritone Christian Gerhaher and the pianist Gerold Huber.

The confirmed line-up of musicians also includes baritone Florian Boesch, mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, soprano Sabine Devieilhe, bass-baritone Gerald Finley, and soprano Katharina Konradi, among others.

A detailed schedule will be announced on August 18, 2020.