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Wigmore Hall Festival to open new hall at Dublin conservatoire

The Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) in Dublin has announced a collaboration with London’s Wigmore Hall to open the conservatoire’s newly constructed Whyte Recital Hall.

The Wigmore Hall Festival, which is set to take place in September 2023, will bring world-class artists to Ireland’s intimate new chamber music venue, featuring leading performers from Wigmore Hall’s 2023/2024 season.

RIAM’s Director, Deborah Kelleher, said that the festival would offer Dublin audiences ‘an unforgettable debut season’ and that the new Whyte Recital Hall promised to be a performance venue of international repute in the heart of Dublin.

John Gilhooly, Artistic and Executive Director of Wigmore Hall, said that Wigmore is delighted to collaborate with RIAM in its 175th anniversary year, adding that the new hall will be a crucial cultural asset for Ireland.

Performers at the festival include pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss, pianist and composer Sir Stephen Hough, the Schumann Quartet, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and soprano Regula Mühlemann.

The new venue will provide access to the experience and teaching of visiting artists through exclusive masterclasses and Q & A sessions for RIAM students.