Wigmore Hall to Launch Live-Recording Label This Fall

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London's Wigmore Hall announced plans to launch a CD label specializing in live performances in Septeber 2005.

The first four albums will be recordings of recitals by baritone Thomas Allen, soprano Felicity Lott, the Nash Ensemble, and the Arditti Quartet, all of them artists with close relationships to Wigmore.

The label, called Wigmore Hall Live, plans to release 16 albums in its first year of the label, and is also looking into the possibility of releasing certain archival recordings.

John Gilhooly, Wigmore's executive director, said in a statement, "We are delighted to be able to bring Wigmore Hall's musical program to a much wider audience through this project. It will help us further to consolidate our profile worldwide and to preserve a record of outstanding performances."

The new label is the result of a donation that has allowed Wigmore to acquire state-of-the-art recording equipment.

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