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WIMF 11 to 26 November 2017

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

It is always exciting to put the final event in place for the next Festival, which I did yesterday, so now I can tell you all about it.

The theme for November 2017 is ‘Musical Capitals’, which gives great scope to explore and enjoy the international language of music, and to invite a host of international performers to Wimbledon.



Viktoria Mullova enjoys a relationship with Rio - trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger comes with his Scandinavian favourites - the Russian Virtuosi of Europe celebrate St Petersburg - the Katona Twins from Hungary celebrate the guitar music of Madrid - Sir Willard White from Jamaica sings music of America’s Deep South - Sergio Tiempo brings virtuosity and South American colour from Venezuela - Tenebrae contrast Rome with London - Claire Martin provides Hollywood Romance - and the Festival opens on Remembrance Day with a moving oratorio based on the war poems of Wimbledon-born poet Robert Graves, which is already being supported by Arts Council England.

Arts Council England

Other mouth-watering events include programmes of String Quartets and Octets, farewell concerts from the renowned Schubert Ensemble, a recital by the acclaimed Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, a Philaharmonia Orchestra concert including Strauss’s oboe concerto, and the Academy Choir returns with Bach’s Mass in B minor.

Håkan Hardenberger
Håkan Hardenberger

 
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Viktoria Mullova

 
Red Priest
Red Priest

Quatuor Diotima
Quatuor Diotima
 
Tenebrae
Tenebrae
 
Sir Willard White
Sir Willard White

The brochure will be with you soon - and booking opens with Priority Booking for Benefactors and Friends in mid-June.

We like to think that we, and Bookfest, help enrich the life of the community, and that the community cherishes us in return. The Festival is enormously grateful for the support of Friends and Sponsors, so if you would like to renew or join this community of support, and to enjoy priority booking, please go to the web site, and click the link to downloadable form.

Clare Hammond

As we move into a new season, the Festival would like to thank a number of Trustees - James Little, Hilary Leek, Jenny Ison, Richard Long, Eleanor Whitehead and Alex Brougham - who have taken well-earned retirement during the past year. We thank them all most sincerely for the tremendous contributions of time and effort that they have made to the Festival.

Zuill Bailey
Zuill Bailey

Looking overseas to our Festival partner in America, we are delighted to share with you the news that cellist Zuill Bailey was voted one of the 30 most important people in the musical profession in America, and also recently won no less than three prestigious Grammies.
Congratulations Zuill.

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director


Wimbledon International Music Festival 2017 Newsletter Issue no.1