We have the unforeseen opportunity to welcome the great and internationally renowned French harpsichordist Christophe Rousset. He has kindly agreed at short notice to replace Mahan Esfahani, who sadly has had to withdraw for personal reasons.
Whilst we will miss our friend Mahan, we are indeed fortunate to have such a remarkable and distinguished musician to draw on. Christophe is a specialist in the works of François Couperin and Jean Phillipe Rameau, and the founder and conductor of the celebrated ensemble Les Talens Lyriques.
He will be performing at St. John’s Church, Spencer Hill on Tuesday 13 November at 7.30. I’m sure will give him a warm Wimbledon welcome.
We also welcome John Gilhooly OBE, Director of the Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, as a Patron of Wimbledon International Music Festival. He has been most helpful with programming advice, and indeed offered flattering reviews of our work in the past. We are honoured that he holds the Festival in such high regard.
‘The Cool Web’ Oratorio based on Wimbledon poet Robert Graves’s WW1 poems, which opened our Festival last year, received a standing ovation as St. Paul’s last night. Congratulations to composer Jools Scott and Libretist Sue Curtis. A remarkable work.
I look forward to sharing some glorious music-making with you at the Festival during the next two weeks.