Contemporary Music Series

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Wigmore Hall stands as a major supporter of contemporary chamber music and song, as commissioner of new works and champion of living composers. The Hall is determined to bring fresh creative energy to the repertoire, not least through its extensive commissioning programme and promotion of world, UK and London premières.

'Our commissioning scheme is already the most extensive in Europe for chamber music. We plan to present up to 20 commissions per season from 2013 and make Wigmore Hall one of the world's foremost centres for contemporary chamber music.'

Wigmore Hall Director, John Gilhooly

We are very grateful to all those who have generously supported the Contemporary Music Series, including Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, The Marchus Trust, and André Hoffmann, president of the Fondation Hoffmann, a Swiss grant-making foundation.

Ailish Tynan  © Benjamin Ealovega

Ailish Tynan; Anna Huntley; Ilker Arcayürek; Stephan Loges; Graham Johnson; Fehinti Balogun

Friday 23 February 2018 7:30PM

All the World's a Stage

Louis Lortie  © Elias

Louis Lortie piano

Tuesday 27 February 2018 7:30PM

Schubert, Adès and Chopin

Arditti Quartet © Astrid Karger

Arditti Quartet; Jake Arditti countertenor

Sunday 11 March 2018 7:30PM

Salvatore Sciarrino, Mark Andre and Philippe Hurel

Calidore String Quartet

Calidore String Quartet

Monday 12 March 2018 1:00PM

Mozart, Caroline Shaw and Shostakovich

Heath Quartet © Simon Way

Heath Quartet; Nils Mönkemeyer viola

Wednesday 14 March 2018 7:30PM

Haydn, Jörg Widmann and Bruckner

Imogen Cooper  © Sim Canetty-Clarke

Imogen Cooper piano

Saturday 17 March 2018 7:30PM

Beethoven, Haydn, Julian Anderson and Liszt

Ensemble intercontemporain © Christophe Urbain

Ensemble intercontemporain

Monday 19 March 2018 7:30PM

Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Carter, Heinz Holliger, Cage and Blaise Ubaldini

Danny Driver  © Richard Haughton

Danny Driver piano

Monday 26 March 2018 1:00PM

Messiaen, Kaija Saariaho, Ligeti and Schumann

Elias String Quartet © Benjamin Ealovega

Elias String Quartet; Richard Wigmore reader

Friday 6 April 2018 7:30PM

After Beethoven: Turning inward

Svante Henryson

Svante Henryson; Henrik Måwe; Leandro Mancini-Olivos; Baba Israel; Samuel West

Saturday 7 April 2018 10:00PM

William Rapped, Henry Sampled

Alexander Sitkovetsky  © Serban Mestecaneanu

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Tuesday 10 April 2018 7:30PM

Schubert, Huw Watkins and Brahms

JACK Quartet © Shervin Lainez

JACK Quartet

Wednesday 11 April 2018 7:30PM

Amy Williams, Marcos Balter, Julian Anderson and Brian Ferneyhough

Igor Levit  © Robbie Lawrence

Igor Levit piano

Friday 13 April 2018 7:30PM

Frederic Rzewski 80th Birthday Concert

Yefim Bronfman  © Dario Acosta

Yefim Bronfman piano

Monday 16 April 2018 7:30PM

Schumann, Jörg Widmann and Stravinsky

Britten Sinfonia © Harry Rankin

Britten Sinfonia

Wednesday 18 April 2018 1:00PM

Britten Sinfonia At Lunch

Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music

Musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music

Saturday 5 May 2018 10:30AM

In Focus: Mark-Anthony Turnage

RNCM New Ensemble

RNCM New Ensemble

Saturday 5 May 2018 2:00PM


Sacconi Quartet © Emilie Bailey

Sacconi Quartet

Tuesday 8 May 2018 7:30PM

Jonathan Dove, Haydn and Janácek

Jörg Widmann  © Marco Borggreve

Jörg Widmann clarinet; Sir András Schiff piano

Saturday 12 May 2018 7:30PM

Brahms, Berg, Schumann and Jörg Widmann

Inon Barnatan  © Marco Borggreve

Inon Barnatan piano

Friday 25 May 2018 7:00PM

Schubert, Dorman and Rachmaninov

Trio Tre Voci © Claire Stefani/ECM Records

Trio Tre Voci

Monday 28 May 2018 7:30PM

Rameau, Takemitsu, Debussy and more

Chineke! Orchestra © Eric Richmond

Chineke! Orchestra

Friday 1 June 2018 10:00PM

Beethoven, Price and Strauss

Cuarteto Casals © Igor Cat

Cuarteto Casals

Monday 4 June 2018 7:30PM

Beethoven and Amanti

Alisdair Hogarth

The Prince Consort

Wednesday 6 June 2018 7:30PM

Vaughan Williams, Britten, Michael Anderson and more

Onyx Brass © Benjamin Ealovega

Onyx Brass

Friday 8 June 2018 10:00PM

Wigmore Lates

Tetzlaff Quartet © Giorgia Bertazzi

Tetzlaff Quartet; Jörg Widmann clarinet

Sunday 10 June 2018 7:30PM

Sibelius, Widmann and Weber

Jakub Józef Orlinski  © Anita Wasik

Jakub Józef Orlinski countertenor; Michal Biel piano

Wednesday 13 June 2018 7:30PM

Handel, Purcell, Schubert and more

Heath Quartet © Simon Way

Heath Quartet; Mary Bevan soprano

Saturday 16 June 2018 7:30PM

Haydn, Jörg Widmann and Tchaikovsky

Donald Grant  © DECARLO

Donald Grant violin

Friday 22 June 2018 10:00PM

Traditional and Contemporary Scottish Folk Music

Elias String Quartet © Benjamin Ealovega

Elias String Quartet; Navarra String Quartet

Monday 25 June 2018 1:00PM

Sally Beamish and Mendelssohn

Lucy Schaufer

Lucy Schaufer mezzo-soprano; Huw Watkins piano

Friday 29 June 2018 10:00PM

The Class of 1938

Sophie Bevan  © Sussie Ahlburg

Sophie Bevan soprano; Ryan Wigglesworth piano

Saturday 30 June 2018 7:30PM

Musorgsky, Ryan Wigglesworth, Stravinsky and Messiaen

Cuarteto Casals © Molina Visuals

Cuarteto Casals

Wednesday 4 July 2018 7:30PM

Beethoven and Casablancas

Tana String Quartet © Nicolas Draps

Tana String Quartet

Thursday 5 July 2018 7:30PM

Debussy, Ligeti, Bartók and Yann Robin

Sandrine Piau  © Sandrine Expilly/Naive

Sandrine Piau soprano; Susan Manoff piano

Friday 6 July 2018 7:00PM


David Orlowsky Trio © Christian Debus

David Orlowsky Trio

Friday 6 July 2018 10:00PM

Orlowsky, Popp, Schwartz, Zbarzher and Dohrmann

ATOS Trio © Frank Jerke


Sunday 8 July 2018 7:30PM

Korngold, Baker and Mendelssohn

Ensemble Variances © Charlotte Abramow

Ensemble Variances

Wednesday 11 July 2018 7:30PM

Debussy, François-Bernard Mâche, Szymanowski, Takemitsu and more

Sergei Babayan  © Marco Borggreve

Sergei Babayan piano

Tuesday 17 July 2018 7:30PM

Ryabov, Rameau and Mozart

Members of Britten Sinfonia © Harry Rankin

Members of Britten Sinfonia; Nicholas Daniel oboe

Friday 20 July 2018 7:00PM

Michael Berkeley 70th Birthday Concert

Heath Quartet © Simon Way

Heath Quartet; Ruth Gibson viola; Marie Bitlloch cello

Friday 20 July 2018 10:00PM

Bach, Widmann and Schoenberg