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WIMF 12 to 27 November 2016

Tetzlaff Quartet

Tetzlaff Quartet

Tonight’s concert, Tuesday 22nd at St John’s, I’m pleased to say tickets have been selling well, but there will be no problem obtaining tickets at the door for this exceptional concert by one of Europe’s finest quartets: a lovely folk inspired programme by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Sibelius ‘Voces Intimae’.


Christian Tetzlaff/ Tabea Zimmermann

Christian Tetzlaff/ Tabea Zimmermann

Two outstanding string soloists fill our mid-week slots. Christian Tetzlaff, Wednesday 23rd, performing Bach’s Partita No.2 with the famous Chaconne, and Sonata No.3 with its impressive fugue, followed by one of the 20th century’s true masterworks for solo violin, the Bartok Sonata, one of his final compositions commissioned by Yehudi Menuhin.

On Thursday 24th Supreme violist Tabea Zimmermann will be including a Bach sonata with pianist Dénes Várjon. The programme also includes major works by Mendelssohn and Brahms.

Recommended Music Elsewhere:

Wimbledon Music Hall

Wimbledon Concert Hall

At every event during the Festival wherever I turn people have been asking me about progress on the Wimbledon Concert Hall project which I am spearheading. As many know the WCH Trust plans a state-of-the art 1250 seater hall of the highest acoustic standards as a Regional Centre of Excellence. Our vision is to create a concert hall that provides not only a place for people to enjoy music in our borough, but also a venue where people from across Merton can come together and learn about, and make, music.

For years we have been anticipating this will be on the Hartfield Road car parking site behind Marrisons.

This site is in the ‘gift’ of Merton Council, the owners, who will be putting it out to public tender during 2017. We plan a high-quality, mixed-use development with a new concert hall, retail space to support cultural and learning activities as well as car parking (at the current level or higher). We have prepared economic and business plans with advisers and specialists in major cultural venues and events. Grimshaw Architects are working on site plans, drawings and models for presentation to the ‘Future Wimbledon’ Master-planners.

The Council have advised that community support for the cultural resource will be of paramount concern.

You can demonstrate your support by sending a short statement and your contact details to our consultants Lexington Communications by emailing



For those unable to get tickets for our Christmas Oratorio might like to consider their Radiant Dawn Concert of Music for Advent at St James’s Piccadilly on Saturday 26th featuring the Sonoro Choir, who did us so proud at our opening concert of African Sanctus. More details




Please see for details and booking for all events

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director



Wimbledon International Music Festival 2016 Newsletter Issue no.12