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Luke Bedford to be Wigmore Hall's first Composer-In-Residence

John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, has today announced that the Hall’s recently launched commissioning scheme is to be underpinned by a gift of £500,000 donated by André Hoffmann (who is the grandson of the conductor and philanthropist Paul Sacher). This will enable more than 50 new works (by 50 different composers) up until 2014.

“This generous and important gift ensures that Wigmore Hall will maintain its position as a leading venue for new music” said Gilhooly. “In addition to this gift, we have sought and secured commissioning partners – venues and festivals worldwide – so that any new work will receive several international performances, following a Wigmore Hall world premiere”.

Gilhooly also announced that the Hall is to have its first ever Composer-in-Residence from 2009. “Luke Bedford is an important young voice and a distinctive musical force, and we are very pleased that he has accepted our invitation to become our Composer-in-Residence from 2009. The position will involve composition as well as working with the Hall’s Community & Education programme.”

“Since the Hall opened its doors in 1901, it has been a champion of new music – having a composer join the team here in a leadership capacity is one of the most natural and obvious things that we could do”.

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