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.
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
2015 Festival comments (from survey)
Andras Schiff's performance of the last sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert was one of the greatest and most memorable and moving musical experiences of my lifetime.
Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis were a wonderful combination, with Mark's ever insightful interpretation of Schubert's songs.
Monteverdi Vespers has to be in my top ten recitals of all time.
The harpischord concert of Mahan Esfahani was the most unusual… …not just well played but also very entertaining in his interaction with the audience.
The Three Dancers was a programme of outstanding music which was unique to WIMF and I would not be able to hear anywhere else in the world.
Calefax were outstanding, like their first visit – well worth the return trip.