Wigmore Hall’s two-week Learning Festival returns from 12 – 26 February to celebrate a Sense of Home, marking 25 years of the Hall’s Learning programme.
The Festival celebrates the diverse and multicultural melting pot that is London and the borough of Westminster, reflects on Wigmore Hall as a place many call home and invites audiences to explore what ‘home’ means to them.
- Interactive family concert with violinist Nicola Benedetti (16 February)
- Learning Gala Concert with soprano Ailish Tynan, baritone Benjamin Appl and pianist Iain Burnside (18 February)
- Multi-sensory sound and art installation (18 February)
- A range of public events for all ages, including a ‘Big Sing!’ workshop day, ‘Chamber Tots’ interactive music-making session and a relaxed concert with soprano Soraya Mafi
Other highlights in Sense of Home are Wigmore Hall’s regular projects and events for children, families, schools, young people and adults. These include ‘For Crying Out Loud!’, a performance by outstanding musicians from the Royal Academy of Music, especially for parents or carers and babies under 1, a ‘Chamber Tots’ music workshop for children ages 1 to 5 and their parents or carers and a relaxed concert with soprano Soraya Mafi that provides everyone with an opportunity to explore music in an informal environment.
John Gilhooly, Wigmore Hall’s Director, comments:
‘We are so proud of the breadth of work that we lead with diverse audiences across the community and after 25 years of Wigmore Hall Learning, it seems fitting to celebrate with the Sense of Home Festival, embodying this concept of Wigmore Hall as a hall for everybody. This Festival is an opportunity to draw together all of our creative workshops, concerts and projects, forming a part of our much wider vision to open the Hall to the widest possible audience.’
Wigmore Hall places its award-winning Learning programme centre-stage with the second annual Learning Festival. For 25 years, the Learning programme has focused on creating innovative projects which ensure that every voice is heard and equally valued, transforming the Hall into a place where many people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities feel a sense of home. The Sense of Home Festival unites all the Learning programme’s groups, workshops, partner schools and events in a major two-week celebration based in the Hall.
Learning Director, Daisy Swift, notes:
‘We are thrilled to be celebrating 25 years of Wigmore Hall Learning with a Festival which embodies an aim at the heart of our programme: to create a musical space in which everyone feels safe, valued and empowered; a space to call home. We’re excited to hear from our diverse audiences and participants what home means to them, and to come together to create our collective ‘Home from Home’ at Wigmore Hall, a place many have considered a kind of home for the past 25 years, and indeed since it first opened its doors in 1901.’
For more information visit Wigmore Hall’s website.
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