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Errollyn Wallen, Laurence Osborn and Stewart Goodyear

New Music Takes Centre Stage at Wigmore Hall this Autumn

A new work for solo piano by the Canadian pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear receives its world première at London’s Wigmore Hall on Saturday 23 September 2023. Performed by Goodyear himself, making his Wigmore Hall debut, it is the first of 16 new ‘Voices of Today’ works commissioned to support composers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Seeking as diverse a group as possible, Wigmore Hall invited applications from composers all over the world, aged 18 and up, never commissioned by the Hall before. From 700 submissions, 16 winning ‘Voices of Today’ composers, aged between 24 and 63, were selected by a panel of fellow composers across two rounds. Three more 'Voices of Today' works will be premièred in the new year, and the remaining dozen can be heard, four a season, until 2027.

Goodyear’s world première comes during an autumn with an abundance of new music at Wigmore Hall, including 20 world & UK premières.

World, UK and London Premières at Wigmore Hall this Autumn

  • Andreia Pinto Correia    Aere senza stelle (UK, 13 Sep)
  • Colin Jacobsen              A Short While To Be Here (UK, 13 Sep)
  • Akshaya Tucker             Hollow Flame (UK, 13 Sep)
  • Oliver Leith                     Non Voglio Mai Vedere Il Sole Tramontare from Last Days (16 Sep)
  • Brad Mehldau                 14 Reveries for Piano (UK, 20 Sep)
  • Stewart Goodyear          Mending Wall (world, 23 Sep)
  • Joseph Phibbs                New work for string quintet (world, 7 Oct)
  • Louise Drewett               How I Heard (world, 9 Nov)
  • Louise Drewett               Lament (world, 9 Nov)
  • Joseph Howard              So they gave me opium; Wax and Wail (world, 9 Nov)
  • Thea Musgrave              Orlando's return to London..as a WOMAN from ORLANDO, an            Escapade (9 Nov)
  • Raymond Yiu                  Chinese Whispers (world, 9 Nov)
  • Jannik Giger                   Uraufführung (world, 11 Nov)
  • David Matthews              Kingsdown Suite (world, 20 Nov)
  • Laurence Osborn            New work for string quintet (world, 25 Nov)
  • Laurence Osborn            New work (world, 25 Nov)
  • Laurence Osborn            Coin Op Automata (London, 25 Nov)
  • Jake Heggie                    Fantasy Suite 1803 (UK, 27 Nov)
  • Dai Fujikura                     Piano Sonata (UK, 16 Dec)
  • Brian Elias                       I saw a peacock (world, 28 Dec)
  • David Ludwig                   Swan Song (UK, 30 Dec)

Further Information: 2023/24 Season September - December (wigmore-hall.org.uk)