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Melissa Bradshaw

Wigmore Hall’s late-night concerts return this summer

8:56, 11th April 2019

Wigmore Lates return to Wigmore Hall this year with a diverse range of one-hour Friday performances.

The series opens on 3 May with a song recital by mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and regular duo partner Bengt Forsberg on piano. The climax of the performance is Shostakovich’s powerful setting of poems by poet Marina Tsvetayeva complemented by works by Britten, Grainger and Purcell.

Sarod virtuosos Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash (pictured) perform a range of works by their father and guru, sarod icon Amjad Ali Khan, joined by violinist Jennifer Pike for a performance of Bach’s Partita No. 3 on 31 May, followed by violinist Viktoria Mullova who also pays homage to Bach playing a breadth of the composer’s works for solo violin on 14 June.

Europe’s first majority BME orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra, returns to the Wigmore Hall stage with a programme crowned by the London premiere of Errollyn Wallen’s Nnenna, a septet written especially for the orchestra, on 21 June. Guitarist Sean Shibe also brings a varied programme on 28 June, exploring everything from arrangements of 17th century Scottish lute works to Steve Reich’s minimalist Electric Counterpoint for electric guitar and tape, returning to the hall on July 12 with flautist Adam Walker for a performance of Piazolla’s most famous work Histoire du Tango.

Leading soprano Susan Bullock closes the series with a recital of classics from the Great American Songbook, with pianist Richard Sisson, on 19 July. The programme, entitled ‘Songs My Father Taught Me’, ranges from the earlier classics of Gershwin and Rodgers to modern pieces by Burt Bacharach and Stephen Sondheim.

All concerts are at 10pm and finish at 11pm. For further information visit www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/lates.

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