I went to a late night concert in the bar of Wigmore Hall on Friday 25 June. A group called Ignite played contemporary music, many of it specially commissioned for the ensemble consisting of clarinet, flute, violin, double bass and percussion.
Wigmore Hall describes the formation of the group:
As part of our outreach work, Wigmore Hall has formed Ignite, an ensemble of young professional musicians led by the composer and percussionist Jackie Walduck.
The ensemble focus on devising accessible projects which engage with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Ignite lead an ongoing project in St Mary’s Hospital, running music workshops in the children’s wards.
I initally found out about the concert through their learning brochure but it was also listed on mutliple websites including Time Out who described the event as below:
A late night concert with Ignite, an ensemble created by Wigmore Hall, which presents a 45-minute concert of contemporary music. Expect cutting-edge compositions with fiery improvisations and pieces by some of London’s leading composers, all in the informal setting of the Bechstein Bar at Wigmore Hall.
It is another example of presenting classical music in a new format – at a later time, with a short programme, cheap tickets at £3 and in an informal atmosphere. There was a mixed audience including some young people and some students with instruments.