Honour for Graham Johnson
The Wigmore Hall Medal, inaugurated in 2007, recognises major international artists and significant figures in the classical music world. Awarded at the discretion of the Director of the Hall, the Medal also honours those who havemade a pre-eminent and committed contribution to Wigmore Hall over a long period of time.
On Saturday 13 April John Gilhooly will present Graham Johnson with the Medal in recognition of his unstinting championing of Song and his extraordinary achievements on the concert platform and in the recording studio. The presentation will be made on stage following a gala concert which celebrates the launch of Graham’s three-volume encyclopaedia Franz Schubert: THE COMPLETE SONGS, (published by Yale University Press). “Graham founded the Songmakers’ Almanac in 1976 to explore neglected areas of piano-accompanied vocal music and to provide an alternative to the
conventional song recital and has continued to illuminate this area of music with passion and erudition. His fine programme and sleeve notes have greatly added to the wider understanding and interest in Song over the last 30 years and a wonderful discography includes outstanding recordings of the complete songs of both Schubert and Schumann for Hyperion. I can think of no other figure in the international music world who has done so much for the promotion of Lieder,” said John Gilhooly. A special medal has been commissioned by the Hall, designed and made by British artist and
medallist Irene Gunston. Previous recipients of the Medal include Matthias Goerne (2007), András Schiff (2009), Felicity Lott (2010), Thomas Quasthoff (2011) and Menahem Pressler (2012).
This concert will be recorded for future transmission by Sky Arts.