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WIMF 12 to 27 November 2016

It is always exciting to launch the programme for a new season

Dame Evelyn Glennie
Dame Evelyn Glennie

 
Angela Hewitt
Angela Hewitt

 
Raphael Wallfisch
Raphael Wallfisch

Michael Collins
Michael Collins
 
Škampa Quartet
Škampa Quartet
 
City of London Sinfonia
City of London Sinfonia

The major theme this year, ‘Music inspired by Folk Sources’ - folk songs, melodies, stories, poems, rituals – is about as international as one can get. It allows both for considerable variety, and influences from across the globe: Africa, Hungary, Russia, Australia, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, America, not forgetting Great Britain of course.

Once again the Festival is replete with top international artists – Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s most celebrated percussionist; three outstanding international string soloists in cellist Raphael Wallfisch, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and violinist Christian Tetzlaff; three superb string ensembles, the Škampa Quartet from Czech Republic, the Tetzlaff Quartet from Germany, and the multi-national Sitkovetsky Piano Trio.

Vocal artists include Christoph Prégardien, one of the greatest lieder singers of our time; Stile Antico, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles; and the exciting Australian jazz singer Ingrid James.

The secondary theme is the music of JS Bach – works for solo violin with Christian Tetzlaff; the Six Cello suites with Raphael Wallfisch; and a rare opportunity to hear all six parts of the Christmas Oratorio.

The Festival opens with David Fanshawe’s spectacular African Sanctus… and closes with the world-renown clarinettist Michael Collins as soloist and conductor with the City of London Sinfonia.

The 2016 web site is soon to go live, and I hope you will find much to delight you when November eventually comes round. Box office will open mid-June.


Tabea Zimmermann
Tabea Zimmermann
 
Dénes Várjon
Dénes Várjon

This year’s viola recital supported by the Tertis Foundation promises something very special: not only is Tabea Zimmermann acknowledged at the viola super-star of our time, but her pianist Dénes Várjon has just been honoured with the Bartók-Pásztory Award. the most prestigious professional acknowledgement in the Hungarian classical music scene.

Várjon joins an illustrious community of former awardees, including such luminaries as Sir Georg Solti, György Czifra, Antal Doráti, Annie Fischer,and András Schiff.

African Sanctus

Clare Hammond
Clare Hammond

We congratulate pianist Clare Hammond, who is giving a lunchtime recital on Tuesday 22 November, for winning the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society award in the 'Young Artists' category.

I first heard Clare three years ago and had her penciled for a concert for a while. She is just one of a collection of fine young artists gracing the lunchtime concerts this year.


Sonoro

Sonoro

I am pleased to introduce Sonoro, the excellent new professional chamber choir set up by local musicians Neil Ferris and Michael Higgins. Formed earlier this year, Sonoro has already attracted attention for its warmth of tone, rich blend of colours and vibrancy in performance.

So impressive was their debut performance that I immediately invited Sonoro to perform Fanshawe’s African Sanctus at our opening concert on Saturday 12 November.

Before then, they can be heard on Thursday 23 June at St James’s, Paddington with a fantastic programme of devotional works by James MacMillan, Ildebrando Pizzetti and Frank Martin. In September they will sing for the first time on 'home territory'. The awe-inspiring Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers) performed in Sacred Heart, Wimbledon on Thursday 22 September is sure to be a stunning event.

Booking is now open via their website www.sonoromusic.com or
by calling 0333 666 3366.

“…vividly exciting and vibrantly thrilling…”
Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill


Richard Stokes is one of the leading experts on German Lieder and has provided the programme notes for the recital to be given by Christoph Prégardien and Sholto Kynoch on Tuesday 15 November. You may be interested in attending his book launch at Wigmore Hall at lunchtime on Saturday 28 May.

Richard Stokes


Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director

Wimbledon International Music Festival 2016 Newsletter Issue no.2