Ruth Paton, Woodwose, Wigmore Hall
Ruth Paton, Woodwose, Wigmore Hall


Wigmore Hall

  • Composer and Librettist: Kerry Andrew
  • Director: Hazel Gould
  • Musical Director: Isabelle Adams
  • Designer: Ruth Paton

Woodwose was Wigmore Hall Learning’s most ambitious project to date.

140 diverse members of the Westminster community aged from 8 to over 80 performed alongside internationally renowned tenor Andrew Kennedy and Wigmore Hall Learning’s resident ensemble Ignite.

Woodwose was a pioneering project in many ways…

  • It was the first Community Chamber Opera in Westminster
  • It turned the Wigmore Hall into a working Woman’s Institute, complete with jam stall
  • It was the first time most of the participants had performed on stage in a professional venue
  • It was the first of Wigmore Hall Learning’s 3-year programme of Community Chamber Projects working with the Westminster Community
  • It was the first time a performance at Wigmore Hall had featured moving trees and snow falling from the ceiling
  • It was the first time a Wigmore Hall Learning project has been featured on Radio 3’s In Tune
  • It was the first time tenor Andrew Kennedy had played a Wildman
  • It was the first time a bicycle had been ridden inside the auditorium!

Photo: Benjamin-Harte