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Orchestra and opera singer in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall for Bob Wigley's 60th birthday concert

Former More Music Campaign Chairman hosts 60th birthday concert at the Royal College of Music

Wednesday 23 March 2022

In October 2021, Bob Wigley, former Member of Council and long-standing supporter of the Royal College of Music, hired the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall for a concert in celebration of his 60th birthday.

The concert featured special guest Australian soprano Danielle de Niese, pictured above with Bob Wigley and his wife, Sarah. Ms de Niese performed several operatic classics, including selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Rinaldo.

By choosing the Royal College of Music, a place of education and a charity, as the venue for his event, Bob supported the development of the next generation of musicians. As well as utilising the RCM’s new facilities following the More Music building development, hiring spaces at the College offers opportunities for RCM students and alumni.

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Many RCM musicians were playing in the orchestra at the concert under the supervision of RCM alumnus and former SU President Pablo Urbina, and soloists included alumna Hope Cramsie (harp) and current doctoral student Vitaly Pisarenko (piano). RCM musicians performing at this event were sourced and employed by the RCM Creative Careers team.

After the concert, Bob and Sarah hosted a drinks reception in the 1851 Courtyard, a perfect space for post-concert receptions and celebrations at the heart of RCM's new development. Bob also generously chose to ask for donations at the event, raising funds for a range of charities, including the RCM. The College is grateful to Bob for his generosity.

For further information on the Royal College of Music’s venue hire offerings, please visit the venue hire website or contact venuehire@rcm.ac.uk.