A Hall for Everyone
The Wigmore Hall Trust’s guiding principle is to create a hall for everyone. Equality, diversity, and inclusion are fundamental to this principle. We must therefore place inclusivity and relevance at the heart of everything that we do.
We exist and work within a local, national, and global society in which equality, diversity, and inclusion are moral imperatives that concern us all. Classical music’s record on diversity has not been perfect, but we are working to continually improve this, giving equal value and equal worth to all, regardless of protected, socio-cultural, socio-economic or other demographic characteristics. There can be no prejudice, intolerance, or inequity in our workplace or our programme.
Everyone at the Trust shares responsibility for equality, diversity, and inclusion. These pledges, in line with the Arts Council England’s Inclusivity and Relevance Principles, are set out below. The work necessary to uphold these pledges will be monitored and advanced by our Trustees. The Trustees and executive leadership are accountable for maintaining an alignment between the pledges and our core values of Creativity, Collaboration, and Equality.
In addition to these pledges, we will continue to address under-representation in gender, socio-economic mobility, disability, and ethnicity across all our work.
- Continue to increase the number of programmed global majority artists
- Continue to increase the number of programmed disabled artists
- Continue to headline our jazz programme with global majority artists
- Ensure that at least 75% of our Associate Artists are global majority artists
- Continue to increase the percentage of those in our audiences identifying as global majority
- Continue to increase the representation of global majority and disabled composers receiving commissions
- Develop anti-racist practice, beginning with pilot work within our learning programme.
- Champion socio-economic diversity in our audiences and opportunities across the board through the provision of:
- 25,000 tickets at £5 available to those under 35 years of age every season
- Free tickets to many concerts, available to those under 26 years of age through our partnership with the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust
- Free to access digital broadcasts and on demand concerts
- Half-price first booking for family events
- £1 tickets for family events for those facing financial barriers
- Free tickets for Wigmore Hall Learning community partner organisation staff and residents Chamber Tots and service users
- Creative opportunities for people with marginalised identities, young people in the criminal justice system, families experiencing homelessness and poverty, and young people living in temporary accommodation as a result of homelessness
- Development of a new presence in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, particularly working with marginalised young people
- Free online teaching content and activities available to families, teachers and learners
- Music for Life projects for people living with dementia, including an online provision for greater reach and better accessibility
- Family and schools concerts that are accessible and welcoming for the d/Deaf community