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Live music returns to Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall will make steps towards restarting live music in June with a series of lunchtime concerts that will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the first live music on the station since lockdown began. Leading soloists will include Maestro Artists Pavel Kolesnikov, Paul Lewis and Allan Clayton.

The concerts will be broadcast live at 1pm on weekdays in Radio 3's Lunchtime Concert strand, and will be streamed on BBC Sounds and the Wigmore Hall's website, starting on Monday, 1 June.

Musicians will perform to an empty hall and in compliance with social distancing rules, with minimal production staff involved. John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said: ‘The health and safety of our staff and the musicians will always be Wigmore Hall’s foremost concern. This is a London-centric series. Most of the artists are based in London and have pledged to come in on foot or by bike. No artists will be taking public transport.’


1pm, 5 June 2020

Pavel Kolesnikov and Samson Tsoy

Brahms – Selection of Waltzes from Op.52a and Op.65a

Schubert – Impromptu Op.142 No.2

Beethoven – Eight Variations Woo 67

Schubert – Selection of Waltzes and Ländler

Schubert – Fantaisie in F minor

1pm, 10 June 2020

Paul Lewis

Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.14 in C sharp minor, 'Moonlight', Op.27 No.2

Schubert – Piano Sonata No.18 in G major D894

1pm, 19 June 2020

Allan Clayton and James Baillieu

Schumann – Kerner Lieder

Vaughan Williams – Orpheus with his lute

Bridge – Journey’s End

Britten (arr.) – Sally in our alley, The plough-boy, I wonder as I wander