Live audiences to return to London's Wigmore Hall
From 13 September, Wigmore Hall is reopening to the public for at least 60 concerts with reduced capacity
From 13 September to 1 November, Wigmore Hall is reopening its doors to live audiences. The seven-week-long concert series will involve at least 60 concerts with auditorium capacity restricted to 56 – 10% of full capacity – in compliance with the government's social distancing guidelines. Additional concerts will be staged without an audience, with all in the series livestreamed on the Wigmore Hall's website.
Artists featured include pianists Igor Levit, Mariam Batsashvili and Andras Schiff, cellist Gautier Capuçon, violinists Leonidas Kavakos, Julia Fischer and Renaud Capuçon, clarinettist Martin Fröst, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and baritone Gerald Finley.
This announcement follows Radio 3's live Lunchtime Concert broadcasts from Wigmore Hall, which have been running since June with an empty auditorium.
Unlike the Radio 3 broadcasts which have featured solo recitals and duos, Wigmore Hall will now invite larger ensembles to perform as well, including the Nash Ensemble, Arditti Quartet, Apartment House and Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.
The series opens on 13 September with a song recital from baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber.
Audiences will be asked to undertake temperature checks on arrival, with staggered entrance times and no printed programmes or tickets.
The series has been underwritten by a private donation.
Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.