‘As of summer 2015, my wife and I have participated in 43 of Richard Wigmore’s musical explorations from the time of the very first in March 2007. We are constantly drawn back by the well thought out format of these delightful occasions.
All the genres of music are represented, particularly chamber music, opera and lieder, white Richard either making a judicious selection of items from various festivals in visits to the venues (dubbed Adventures in Music) or teaming up with distinguished musicians, such as the London Bridge Ensemble and the Fitzwilliam and Elias Quartets, who demonstrate aspects of the works during the study sessions and subsequently performs them complete in the private concerts (dubbed Music Discovery Live). This latter arrangement produces a privileged intimacy, which has been enhanced still further recently by the introduction of the house parties, whereby Richard take over a small hotel in an attractive location for all involved for up to five days.
Richard is very engaging, perceptive and knowledgeable in expounding the music, illustrating it from his favourite CD recordings when no musicians are present, setting it in the context of the life of the composer and inviting discussion where appropriate. The projection of the score upon a screen is found to be especially helpful.
We can recommend Richard Wigmore’s music ventures unreservedly: we have made many friends as a result and thoroughly enjoy the convivial atmosphere’.
Derek and Stephanie Slater, Lancashire
Some more happy customers:
–’Richard was at his best – informative, helpful incredibly knowledgeable and his talks were superbly prepared and very well delivered. He has a nice light touch and is always good to listen to. He finds just the right words always.’
–’as always, Richard expounded the music in his lecturers with effortless scholarship and witty elegance. He was also a very personable group leader’
–’an outstanding lecturer’
-‘As well as being an exemplary tour leader (and I know how much paddling under the surface has to happen to make that look as effortless and relaxed as you did!), your pre-concert talks were as entertaining as they were informative. I found that my experience of each concert was enlightened by them, adding to the enjoyment.’
-‘As always, you were a constant source of enlightenment as well as a patient and good-humoured shepherd. Without your leadership, we should have got far less out of the trip, for all its many Höhepunkte. What a pity it’s all over.’