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31 July 2009

See a concert at Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall, on Wigmore Street just north of Oxford Street, is a concert venue that specialises in hosting performances of chamber music. Indeed, it bills itself "as an essential platform for the world's most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians", and apparently has near perfect acoustics, which has helped to attract some of the greatest classical artists to play.

Best known for piano, song and instrumental recitals, it was purpose built in 1901 by the German piano firm Bechstein, beside its showrooms on Wigmore Street, to provide London with a grand yet intimate chamber music venue. Originally called Bechstein Hall, it was sold to Debenhams at a knock-down price in 1916 after the First World War hostilities made it almost impossible for Bechstein to continue.

Today the hall hosts around 400 concerts a year, some of them broadcast in a weekly slot on BBC Radio 3. It even has its own record label, Wigmore Hall Live.

For more information, and concert listings visit http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

Click here to see the location on a map.

^Picture from Flickr courtesy of audiophilia^

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