Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's is the world's last surviving Grand Music Hall and London's best kept secret. This stunning and atmospheric building is led by Frances Mayhew and produces an exciting programme of imaginative, diverse and distinct entertainment including exhibitions, theatre, music, comedy, cinema and cabaret.
Gallery, Heritage site
Opening Hours * Monday - Friday: 12pm - 11pm
Saturday: 5pm - 11pm
Current exhibition and bar are free (other performances vary)
The main auditorium is currently being repaired (due to finish in February 2013) but the bar and front of house areas are still open with a variety of entertainment. We regret to say that the upstairs of the bar, where some events take place, is not wheelchair accessible.
Animals and children are welcome.
Barnstorming with Ole Bull - maverick virtuoso
- 8 July 2015 7-9am
Ole Bull was the true pioneer of 19th Century violinists. Mainly self-taught, he was catapulted to international fame almost by chance after an appearance in Bologna in 1834. He went on to conquer audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, quite literally giving concerts where no one had gone before, knife-fighting in the old west, playing on the top of the Pyramid of Cheops and bringing classical music to previously excluded audiences, dovetailing popular songs of the time with classical compositions. Bull was acclaimed by Liszt, Mendelssohn and Chopin to name a few and Schumann rated his playing alongside that of Paganini. He launched the careers of Edvard Grieg and Henrik Ibsen and inspired writers such as Hans Christian Andersen, Mark Twain, George Sand, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Longfellow.
Ole Bull aficionado, Peter Sheppard Skӕrved, is delighted to bring the work and unique style of this massively influential musician to the venue in which the old fiddler would have revelled. This special Wilton's performance will recreate those which Bull loved to give in salons and small theatres, weaving together his transcriptions of Nordic folk music, virtuoso works and music by his favourite composers such as Mozart, Gounod and Bach . Peter will also present the British premiere of his reconstruction of Bull’s American Fantasy, a ‘barnstorming’ piece incorporating Home Sweet Home, Pop! Goes the Weasel, Arkansas Traveler and Hazel Dell; Peter first performed this to great acclaim at last year’s Bergen Festival.
The concert also includes ‘…and love..’ by Sadie Harrison, based on poetry by Danish writer, Malene Skӕrved, with the brilliant young Soprano, Eve Daniell.
- Any age
£12.50 adult . £6 child
Wilton's Music Hall