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Once stuck in a time warp, the Wigmore Hall is now resurgent and will celebrate its 110th anniversary with an impressive line-up

By Martin Kettle   April 2011

Maestro: Daniel Barenboim, who first played at the Wigmore Hall aged 15, returns in June

I can remember a time, 20 or 30 years ago, when going to a concert at London’s Wigmore Hall felt like a trip into a musical world that had been left behind. Founded in 1901 to show off the virtues of Bechstein pianos, it was a key venue for debut recitals by up-and-coming soloists and the focus of the introverted world of London chamber music and song. But the hall, though loved by some aficionados, seemed caught in a time warp. Its audience was mostly…

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