'Wigmore Lates @ 36' begin at 10 on Friday nights. Each one hour concert (flat price £12) is followed by a free half hour-ish set in the Wigmore Restaurant from a jazz ensemble. Cringey name aside, the series is genuinely different from standard Wigmore fare - everything from Bach on sax to a recitation from Patricia Routledge.
If the aim is to bring in a new audience, then the sold-out Miloš gig certainly succeeded. The last time I saw so few grey heads there was a schools concert. The programme straddled a few genres too. Miloš began with Bach's C minor suite for lute, taking in a few latin standards before winding up with The girl from Ipanema, Bésame Mucho and Mas que nada.
It goes without saying he's a consummate technician, but what has elevated Miloš above the wannabees is his ability to draw an audience in. He doesn't just play music, he shares it. So deep was the spell he cast barely a cough was heard - even during protracted retuning between numbers. A little friendly banter cemented the deal. Check out the cheesy videos all over YouTube and you might be tempted to regard Miloš as the Katherine Jenkins of the guitar world. He may look as if he was designed by Simon Cowell, but there's real talent and genuine charisma wrapped up in that undeniably attractive package.
If he'd presented the same programme at a more mainstream time, it would be easier to criticise its lack of adventure. But for a late-ish set, followed by jazz from Julian Bliss downstairs, it struck a sympathetic note.