John Gil­hooly on the im­por­tance of Wig­more Hall’s Learn­ing schemes

BBC Music Magazine - - FEATURE -

‘OUR LEARN­ING PROJECTS are in­spired by the in­ti­mate, shared ex­pe­ri­ence of cham­ber mu­sic, where every voice is equally val­ued,’ says John Gil­hooly. ‘Every­one is wel­come to take part. That’s the ethos of Wig­more Hall and of our ed­u­ca­tion work. Peo­ple say we ap­peal to an old au­di­ence. But that’s a myth. Our con­cert au­di­ence is chang­ing. We’re reach­ing out to younger peo­ple and con­nect­ing with the un­der-35s. Learn­ing is a vi­tal part of that. Most of our ed­u­ca­tion work cul­mi­nates in a per­for­mance at the Hall, but we’re tak­ing cham­ber mu­sic and song to all parts of the com­mu­nity. Al­though some may sniff about it, we make no apol­ogy for plac­ing Learn­ing at the heart of Wig­more Hall.’

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