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Wigmore Summer Series 2013

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Extravagant Recitals All Summer Long
wigmore summer series

Wigmore Hall is a magnificent music venue in London; originally built in 1901 it was named Bechstein Hall, after the German piano company that built it. When war broke out, however, hostility towards Germany led not only to a change in name, but resulted in the entire business being sold to Debenhams in 1916. Today, the Renaissance style building is an essential platform for solo artists and chamber musicians, some of whom are making their first professional appearance.

Each season, Wigmore presents over four hundred events, many of which are broadcast on BBC 3 Radio. For this summer season, which runs until the 1st August you will be able to enjoy a range of programmes, including Le Plus Doux Chemin: A French Song Series, produced by Graham Johnson. The Lure of Bayreuth on the 12th April at 7.30pm will highlight mid 19th century Parisian life during the Wagner craze, while Le Concert Spirituel will dramatise sacred French music of the 17th century on the 14th April at the same time.

Highlights in May will see keyboard player, Mahan Esfahani, explore the ingenuity and imagination of the Englishe composer, William Byrd, and a recital by Anna Caterina. June will bring in the special guest actress, Patricia Routledge, who alongside the pianist, Piers Lane, will retell the fascinating story of Myra Hess, who continued to perform her lunchtime concerts during the wartime London bombings.

The concerts can be booked by calling 020 7935 2141, and cost between 10-50 depending on seating, but there are plenty of other cheaper events aimed at families and children. These include fairy tale inspired concerts, a Beethoven workshop, and folksong singing. Most of these events are between 3-12.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: Until 1st Aug
Phone: 44 (0)20 7935 2141
Where: Wigmore Hall
Cost: 3-50
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