When I first started going, an elderly couple befriended me. They'd known Arnold Schoenberg, personally! He was closer to their parents but they knew him, nonetheless before he (and they) went into exile. Tonight was, for me, a moment of reflection. William Lyne was sitting in his usual seat: he who discovered Prégardien when he was starting out. Others too, were there, equally precious and treasured. As the years roll by, they've grown older and greyer but their minds are still sharp, stimulated by intelligent music even into their 90's. My Dad used to say "Stop learning and you die".
This month, the Wigmore Hall is offfering 15 months' Friends membership for the price of 12. Most people assume that being a "Friend" means advanced booking privileges etc. But what kind of "friend" would you be to anyone if you were only there for material advantages? I'm a Friend because I care about what the Wigmore Hall does, for chamber music, Lieder and art song. More details here.
photo Stephen McKay