Wigmore Hall celebrates its strong association with Benjamin Britten
Starting on Benjamin Britten’s 99th birthday, Wigmore Hall opens a year-long celebration of the composer’s life and work. Since the 1930s, Wigmore Hall has enjoyed a unique association with Britten, many of whose works were premièred at the Hall. Those and other chamber, choral and vocal works pepper a series running through November and December 2012.
Bringing together today’s leading instrumental and vocal talent, these concerts celebrate the composer’s enduring legacy. Throughout, there will also be a special exhibition in the foyer of Wigmore Hall, which features materials from our extensive archives and provides a visual counterpoint to these other events.
‘Wigmore Hall is immensely proud of its association with Benjamin Britten.’ Director John Gilhooly feels, ‘it is only right that, as Britten launched many of his most significant works here, Wigmore Hall is at the forefront of the global celebrations of his centenary year. Our concerts feature some of this country’s most exciting established and emerging talent, including many Wigmore favourites. Collectively these events show that Britten’s life as a composer and performer continues to provide a blueprint for what we do at Wigmore Hall.’
Britten Birthday Centenary ‘Before Life and After'
Booking is now open for all events in the Britten Birthday Centenary Series, with limited availability for some concerts.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of the Britten-Pears Foundation, the Hargreaves and Ball Trust, the 2012-13 Season Patrons, the Iestyn Davies Residency syndicate and John Crisp which have helped make the Britten Birthday Centenary Series possible.