Spring Summer 2022 Season
Wiltshire Music Centre’s thrilling programme of live music for Spring Summer has now launched featuring leading artists across classical, folk, jazz and world music genres. With returning WMC favourites and an exciting line-up of debut artists, rising new talents and internationally acclaimed stars, available live and online, there’s much to look forward to in the coming year. Click for more...
The classical season offers something for everyone with large orchestral works through to intimate recitals. Former WMC Young Artist, and new WMC Artist in Residence for 2022, Cordelia Williams (12 Feb) opens the classical season, and then Marmen Quartet (8 Apr) return to perform well-loved works by Haydn and Beethoven. There is a much-anticipated WMC debut from internationally acclaimed VOCES8 (29 Apr) with a programme entitled ‘Stardust’ featuring music from Byrd and Britten to modern day jazz arrangements. Audiences can also look forward to much loved orchestral works with performances by City of London Sinfonia (26 Feb), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (14 May), and the European Union Chamber Orchestra (27 May), and a unique performance from contemporary group, Riot Ensemble (12 Mar), who make their WMC debut with an interactive programme inspired by climate change and the environment.
Audiences can then step into the 1920s and 1930s with Alex Mendham & His Orchestra (4 Mar) in a dazzling show stopping, toe-tapping programme celebrating the golden age of Hollywood and musical heroines. Further jazz highlights include the American Jazz Swing Trio, Hot club of Cowtown (27 Apr) and an exciting ‘Bach meets Jazz’ collaboration from the dynamic duo of Gwilyn Simcock and Thomas Gould (10 Jun).
Folk fans can look forward to folk band Breabach (11 Mar) and their fiery Scottish folk with a traditional twist, Scottish fiddle quartet RANT (20 May), father and daughter duo Martin & Eliza Carthy (19 Mar), and Anglo-Irish all-female quintet, Midnight Skyracer (11 Jun) featuring Wiltshire-based Carrivick sisters.
Wiltshire Music Centre continues to provide a rich mix of musical and cultural offerings. This season, a two-day festival, Finding Home (26 -27 Mar) is dedicated to celebrating Syrian culture through a rich programme of concerts, foods, lectures and visual art. The festival has been curated by renowned qanun virtuoso, Maya Youssef as part of her Artistic Residency and will also feature the launch of her second album. Audiences can also look forward to a classical Indian dance show by the sensational SEVENS (10 Apr), and a sparkling production of artistry by Baluji Shrivastav OBE and the Inner Vision Orchestra (7 May) – the only blind ensemble in the UK.
Last year saw Wiltshire Music Centre’s programme more accessible than ever with the launch of LiveStreaming, courtesy of a new state of the art Broadcasting Suite. And once again this season, livestreaming programmes will be available to audiences across the South West and beyond.
Artistic Director & Chief Executive, James Slater says, “As we look forward to another season filled with creativity and music-making, we’re delighted to continue with our ambition to inspire, enrich and transform people’s lives and make music accessible to all. We will achieve this through our high quality and diverse programming, championing new digital technology through our LiveStream platform, supporting the musicians of tomorrow such as West of England Youth Orchestra and Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, and by being a creative hub for local communities. With imagination, creativity, and diversity at the core of what we do, we’re hoping that our audiences continue to be inspired. It promises to be a season brimming with musical delights, connecting people through a shared love of music."
This season also features emerging talents through our Young Artist lunchtime concert series, including Rozanna Madylus (13 Apr) who brings an Eastern European flavour to WMC with a debut lunchtime recital featuring 19th century songs from across the Russian Empire.
Audiences can also look forward to a programme of Family events, screenings and inspiring creative learning activities including the Galliard Ensemble (23 Apr) an interactive musical adventure with Percy Penguin and music-making for the whole family at the Big Family Music Day (26 Jun).
To view the full season programme, click here
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