The Wigmore Hall backstage comes alive as a photo exhibition opens alongside the new concert season.
The unseen life of Wigmore Hall, launched at the same time as the start of its concert season, becomes the focus of an exhibition by photographer Christopher Jonas: ‘Wigmore Hall: Representing our people.’ The collection, on display in the hall’s public spaces, features images of ordinary moments shared by artists and staff away from the pressure of the stage.
Branko Pajevic tunes the Wigmore Hall’s Steinway piano; one of two pianos kept under the stage in the auditorium before the evening concert.
Jonas’ photography always documents candid images in ambient light, using a single 50mm manual focus lens on a Leica M-series camera. Recent commissions by the photographer have included documentaries of Westminster Abbey, Westminster School, the Centenary of Women in the Metropolitan Police and scientists at the Natural History Museum.
John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, said: “The poignant intimacy of Christopher’s work complements what we strive for every day at Wigmore Hall – to bring our audience ever closer to the greatest music of the greatest artists.”
The upcoming Wigmore season features a collaboration between the Castalian Quartet, composer Charlotte Bray and artist Caroline Burraway, creating a musical response to the migration crisis on October 21st. Other highlights include the start of a year-long retrospective of composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the October 13 Vaughan Williams 150th Anniversary Celebration Series, and the launch of major artist residencies including violinist Hilary Hahn, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Angela Hewitt and the Danish string quartet.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson (vocals, cello, piano, composition) and Thea Sayer (double bass) rehearsing for a concert of works by Witter-Johnson with various guest musicians (May 2022).
Technicians removing a Yamaha piano from Alexandre Tharaud’s lunchtime piano concerto from the stage in October 2021, just before the next piano comes on stage for Seong-Jin Cho’s rehearsal.
Marlis Petersen (soprano) in conversation with Michael White (moderator) before their live stream concert in November 2021
William Vann (piano) and Njabulo Madlala (baritone) rehearse in February 2022.
Elena Urioste (violin) rehearses ahead of the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective performance in June 2022.