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Wiltshire Music Centre is a purpose-built, 300-seat concert hall hosting more than 90 concerts a year featuring world-class classical, folk, jazz and world music artists. Renowned for "the finest acoustic outside London" (Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3) the Centre attracts internationally-renowned musicians including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Radu Lupu, violinist Nicola Benedetti and famed guitarist John Williams; jazz legends Courtney Pine, Clare Teal, Stacey Kent and Jacqui Dankworth; stars of the folk music scene such as Kathryn Tickell, Lau, Flook and Julie Fowlis; and world music's greatest ambassadors, from Black Umfolosi to El Tanbura.
The Centre also programmes a series of family music shows and storytelling performances - "That was the best day of my whole life!" (Finn, aged 6) - given by award-winning musicians and performers with a love of both entertaining and teaching: from Roald Dahl's 'Little Red Riding Hood' and Giles Andreae's 'Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants' to Satoshi Kitamura's 'Igor, the Bird Who Couldn't Sing'. In addition to regular activities held at the Centre, including Jazz Factory workshops, choral singing sessions and music therapy groups, the Centre is the home to a variety of countywide orchestras and ensembles and runs an exemplary education and community programme across Wiltshire and beyond.

Wiltshire Music Centre is a purpose-built, 300-seat concert hall hosting more than 90 concerts a year featuring world-class classical, folk, jazz and world music artists. Renowned for "the finest acoustic outside London" (Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3) the Centre attracts internationally-renowned musicians including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Radu Lupu, violinist Nicola Benedetti and famed guitarist John Williams; jazz legends Courtney Pine, Clare Teal, Stacey Kent and Jacqui Dankworth; stars of the folk music scene such as Kathryn Tickell, Lau, Flook and Julie Fowlis; and world music's greatest ambassadors, from Black Umfolosi to El Tanbura.

Auditorium | Clint Randall

The Centre also programmes a series of family music shows and storytelling performances - "That was the best day of my whole life!" (Finn, aged 6) - given by award-winning musicians and performers with a love of both entertaining and teaching: from Roald Dahl's 'Little Red Riding Hood' and Giles Andreae's 'Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants' to Satoshi Kitamura's 'Igor, the Bird Who Couldn't Sing'. In addition to regular activities held at the Centre, including Jazz Factory workshops, choral singing sessions and music therapy groups, the Centre is the home to a variety of countywide orchestras and ensembles and runs an exemplary education and community programme across Wiltshire and beyond.

Educational work

HISTORY

Wiltshire Music Centre was founded 18 years ago by a group of visionary local people, who realised that there was a serious need for top quality performance and rehearsal facilities in the area. Since then, the Centre has built an enviable reputation as a professional concert hall of exceptional quality rooted in community participation and involvement.

The Centre was built with one of the first Arts Council awarded National Lottery grants for capital projects, created on a very tight budget but successfully delivering a high quality acoustic experience and a genuinely warm welcome for our audiences.

Founding Artistic Director Keith Nimmo retired in 2013 and handed the baton to current Artistic Director James Slater.