Wimbledon International Music Festival

12 - 27 November 2016

Welcome to the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2016, our eighth season

It is always exciting to programme a new season, though frustrating when the availability of a much-desired artist eludes the Festival schedule by just a day or two.

" ...high in aspiration…attracting an impressive array of artists"

The Strad

With 12 Sell-Out Events in 16 days WIMF 2015 was the most successful yet

Last year John Gilhooly, Director of the Wigmore Hall, generously called our line-up ‘magnificent’, which sets a challenge for 2016. I’m pleased to say that things are coming together well and the Festival will again be able to present some of the world’s finest musicians.

There is a major theme again for 2016, ‘Music inspired by Folk Sources’ - folk songs, melodies, stories, poems, rituals - which allows both for considerable variety, and influences from across the globe. Many major composers have responded in various ways to the richness of folk culture. But I don’t believe that a Festival should be inflexible as regards to rigorously sticking to a theme, so don’t be surprised if a secondary theme, such as ‘Bach’, finds its way on the schedule of events.

Last year saw a significant increase in the number of younger generation members of our audience, a trend we are keen to build on. We will be continuing our lunchtime series of concerts presenting some wonderful young artists, and welcoming back the Yehudi Menuhin School celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary violinist. We also plan to have at least one masterclass.

I would like to give a big thank you to our Benefactors, Friends and Sponsors, for without their generous support we would not be able to offer such a series of events for you to enjoy in November.

Anthony Wilkinson Festival Director

Anthony WilkinsonSir András Schiff with Anthony Wilkinson

Note – the Festival reserves the right to make changes to the published programmes.
If you have any queries regarding discounts please email the boxoffice@wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk

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