With restrictions easing and the prospect of full capacity audiences returning to the venue, the launch of Wiltshire Music Centre’s new Autumn Winter season of concerts couldn’t be better timed.
Boasting one of the finest acoustics outside of London, the WMC is renowned for it’s diverse programme of classical, folk, jazz and world music, family shows and community concerts, and more recently to its successful foray into livestreaming.
Having had to cancel much of its concert activities during the pandemic, the venue will come alive once again from September with a full season of outstanding live music experiences both at the Centre and online.
Classical music lovers can look forward to performances by Orchestra in Residence, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), and Quartet in Residence, the Doric String Quartet, as well as sensational programmes by Tenebrae, English Touring Opera, the Fidelio Trio and Brodsky Quartet.
For folk fans there are return shows by trail-blazing groups Leveret and Còig, as well as the inimitable Martin & Eliza Carthy. Meanwhile renowned jazz artists Stacey Kent and John Law return, and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra round off the season with a swinging festive finale. Plus, don’t miss an exhilarating world music programme from Fofoulah, combining West African rhythms with dub and jazz.
The Centre’s commitment to supporting young artists continues with a regular classical lunchtime concert series in partnership with City Music Foundation, OAE and Young Classical Artists Trust. Alongside family shows, opera screenings and the promise of a 10th Anniversary Bradford Roots Music Festival in the New Year, there is lots to look forward to.
Almost all of the Centre’s events are also available to livestream and watch again online in ‘crystal clear’ audio (Observer) and high-definition video, so audiences near and far can enjoy every tantalising note from the comfort of their own home.
Following the recent Government announcement confirming Step 4 of the roadmap and further unlocking of Covid restrictions from Monday 19th July, WMC hopes to welcome full capacity audiences back to the venue from 28th August. Face-coverings will continue to be encouraged and other safety measures such as enhanced cleaning and air monitoring will remain in place.
It’s great to be gradually ‘getting back to normal’ and seeing more people returning to the Centre. We’re also proud to be delivering on our commitment to bring back artists whose concerts had to be cancelled during the pandemic, as well as supporting bright new young talent and welcoming community groups back to the stage.James Slater, Chief Executive & Artistic Director
Alongside the new concert series, WMC has reopened for community use and continues to host a rich programme of learning and engagement activities for all ages. With baby and toddler groups, youth choirs and ensembles, and wellbeing activities for adults, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, don’t miss the Centre’s month-long (26 July-27 August) Summer Fun programme of activities for children aged 0-18yrs, including drama, dance, music making, crafting, concerts and more.
Find out more about what’s on and how to get involved at wiltshiremusic.org.uk