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WIMF 11 to 26 November 2017


The Cool Web

Acclaim from the Music Directors of both St. Pauls Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey for The Cool Web, which opens the Festival on 11th November 2017.

“… a fine piece of music, unfailingly sensitive text setting… moments of great dramatic intensity. I think it likely that The Cool Web will be regarded as a significant contribution to the canon of works that deal with war.”

Andrew Carwood, Director of Music St. Paul’s Cathedral, Artistic Director The Cardinall’s Musick

“… A beautifully wrought work. Which I and my Philharmonia Voices singers all found deeply affecting... The work’s premiere in Bath Abbey was a memorably compelling occasion, with Edward Grint’s utterly convincing projection of Graves himself and the haunting recessional of unaccompanied children’s voices particularly moving. It lives in the memory still.”

Aidan Olivier, Director of Music St. Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey; Director Philharmonia Voices

Arts Council England

MERTON ON THE MARCH: The Cool Web performance and related Merton schools project has received a grant from Arts Council England. 20,000 school children in 56 state schools in Merton will be involved in this WIMF project in association with Merton Music Foundation. The MMF Choir of Young Voices will open the Festival with songs from WW1, and join the performance of The Cool Web that follows.

The Academy Choir and Baroque Players/
Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams

The Academy Choir and Baroque Players

The celebrated international bass Roderick Williams completes a superb quartet of soloists for Bach’s B minor Mass (Nov 18) joining Mary Bevan, soprano; David Allsopp, countertenor; Andrew Tortise, tenor.

The Wihan Quartet and Sacconi Quartet

I’ve just returned from the Prague Spring Festival where the Wihan and Sacconi were billed as “two of the great world quartets” coming together to perform the same wonderful string octet programme they are bringing to Wimbledon (Nov 12).

Like the swan gliding serenely on calm waters, but with much paddling beneath the surface, beneath the Festival music events there is considerable administrative, fundraising, and promotional ‘paddling’ behind our hopefully ‘calm’ exterior.

WIMF is looking to appoint an experienced Executive Director for the 2018 Festival and an Administrator / Concert Manager for this year’s Festival (ideally the same person). If any of you are interested, or know someone with appropriate experience please contact our Chairman

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director

General booking opens JUNE 24
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Wimbledon International Music Festival 2017 Newsletter Issue no.2