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WIMF 12 to 27 November 2016

The Wimbledon International Music Festival opens
Saturday Nov 12

Muzsikás/ Škampa Quartet



There are still a few seats left for the concert that best expresses this year’s theme: the influence of folk music and dance on classical music and Jazz. Hungary’s most celebrated folk group joins forces with the superb Czech Skampa Quartet in this tribute to two of the 20th century’s major composers, Bartok and Kodaly, who devoted their lives to preserving their regions rich folk heritage, collecting and recording more than 15,000 examples.

Sunday 13 November 7.30pm - Trinity Church, Mansel Rd, SW19 4AA

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Christoph Prégardien

Christoph Prégardien

This great tenor dazzled audiences and critics alike at the Oxford Lieder Festival with the same programme that he is bringing to St. John’s, Spencer Hill.

“What Prégardien did was a revelation, with such immaculate diction and attention to each musical detail that the audience hung on every word. The four songs of Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, so often presented as expressions of youthful self-pity, became a genuinely dramatic scenario, the tragedy searingly convincing. And the settings of Heine from Schubert’s final collection Schwanengesang became a series of vividly etched portraits without any hint of caricature or exaggeration, and with the integrity of each musical line always rigorously respected.” The Guardian

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

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Raphael Wallfisch

Raphael Wallfisch

The music of J S Bach is the secondary theme of the festival. There are just a handful of tickets left for Raphael Wallfisch’s performance of the complete set of Bach’s Cello Suites. To borrow a much used rugby phrase, this will be a ‘massive event’, one not to be missed!

Sunday 20 November 7.30pm - St John's Church, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

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Christian Tetzlaff

Christian Tetzlaff

Perhaps less well known in this country than our Patron Raphael Wallfisch, Christian Tetzlaff is one of the world’s supreme violinists. His recital also features two of Bach’s best loved solo violin works: the Partita No. 2 with the famous Chaconne, and Sonata No. 3 with one of Bach’s most celebrated fugues.

Again, another ‘massive event’ for you to enjoy.

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

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Recommended Music Elsewhere:

Martin Randall Travel

For Bach lovers Martin Randall Travel are offering ‘The Johann Sebastian Bach Journey’ 4-10 September 2017



Ten private concerts, including the St John and St Matthew Passions and the B-Minor Mass, in the places where Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked. Journey through the historic towns of Eisenach, Weimar and Leipzig to hear a comprehensive range of Bach’s pieces. Performers include Vox Luminis, Angela Hewitt and the Gabrieli Consort & Players, and there are daily talks on the music from former Controller of BBC Radio 3 Sir Nicholas Kenyon Book now:



Please see for details and booking for all events

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director

Wimbledon International Music Festival 2016 Newsletter Issue no.9