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WIMF 12 to 27 November 2016

‘What a Great Festival’

John Gilhooly, Director Wigmore Hall

I’m always pleased to be able to begin a news-letter with good news, and the good news this time is that with 4 weeks still to go ticket sales have already surpassed last year’s record on opening night - which means that several of the most immediately attractive concerts are
sold out.

But as critic and journalist John Hawks has written, “the plums might have gone, but there are still peaches available.” So here are some of the peaches I would like to recommend.


Christoph Prégardien

Musical Opinion

You are unlikely to hear a finer lieder singer this year than Christoph Prégardien, in a mouth-watering concert of song cycles by Mahler, Schubert, ending with Schumann’s sublime ‘Dichterliebe’.

Tuesday 15 November 7.30pm - St John's Church, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

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Michael Collins and
City of London Sinfonia

Musical Opinion

… and there is still limited availability for the closing concert with our Patron, Michael Collins and the City of London Sinfonia

Sunday 27 November 7.30pm - Trinity Church, Mansel Rd, SW19 4AA

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Tabea Zimmermann/ Dénes Várjon

Musical Opinion

I always like to hear artists ‘live’ before inviting them to perform at the Festival, but with foreign artists this is not always possible. It was therefore a real pleasure to go to Kings Place to hear Alfred Brendel, our Patron, give a lecture on Liszt’s great piano sonata, followed by a remarkable performance by Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon. Mr Várjon will be performing with Tabea Zimmermann, widely recognised as the supreme viola player of today.

Thursday 24 November 7.30pm - St John's Church, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

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Christian Tetzlaff/ Tetzlaff Quartet

Musical Opinion

With ripe fruit all about us, I enjoyed a superb evening of Brahms piano trios at Wigmore Hall, with Christian Tetzlaff, violin, his sister Tanya, cello, with Lars Vogt, piano. The Tetzlaff Quartet will be performing Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius (Nov 22) with Christian Tetzlaff staying on for a solo recital (Nov 23) He told me he is looking forward to performing solo Bach, and relishing the challenge of the wonderful Bartok solo sonata after ten concerts with the quartet.

Christian Tetzlaff
Wednesday 23 November 7.30pm - St John’s Church, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

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Tetzlaff Quartet
Tuesday 22 November 7.30pm - St John’s Church, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

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I look forward to welcoming you to the Wimbledon International Music Festival next month.

Please see WEBSITE for details and booking for all events

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director


Recommended Music Elsewhere:

Musical Opinion

Musical Opinion
Trio Goya

Opening next weekend, Brighton Early Music Festival brings an eclectic mix of music from medieval to classical periods to a range of venues across Brighton & Hove.

Highlights include:

28 Oct   Handel, Rameau and Telemann from L’Avventura London and Grace Davidson, soprano
4 Nov   Candlelit, medieval music with The Telling
6 Nov   Purcell’s King Arthur and Locke’s Music from The Tempest to celebrate the Shakespeare400 anniversary
12 Nov   Gaia: a multi-media spectacular telling the story of the earth in music, dance and film
13 Nov   Piano trios by Haydn and Beethoven performed by Trio Goya

Full programme and tickets at www.bremf.org.uk or call 01273 709709


Wimbledon International Music Festival 2016 Newsletter Issue no.7