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WIMF 11 to 26 November 2017

The Festival has enjoyed the invaluable support of three Corporate Sponsors over several years, and I would like to say a big thank you to Robert Holmes, Marcus Beale Architects and WSM Private Clients and point you towards the major concerts they are sponsoring this year.

Robert Holmes Marcus Beale

WSM Private Clients


Saturday 11 Nov 8.00pm, Sacred Heart, Edge Hill, SW19 4LU

Sponsored by Robert Holmes

The Cool Web

This is a truly inspiring work commemorating the centenary of WW1 based on the war poems of Wimbledon-born Robert Graves. Edward Grint, baritone, and Robin O’Neill, conductor gave the first performance in Bath Abbey of this work by composer Jools Scott, and librettist Sue Curtis. William Graves will open the Festival and introduce this deeply moving work.


Tuesday 14 Nov 7.30pm, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, SW19 4AA

Sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects

Viktoria Mullova

I was thrilled, after years of trying, that this great Russian violinist was free to come to Wimbledon. Marcus, a professional violinist himself before becoming an architect, was equally thrilled and immediately jumped at the prospect of sponsoring this special concert which brings a South American element to our Musical Capital’s theme.

SIR WILLARD WHITE ‘American Dream        

Thursday 16 Nov 7.30pm, St. John’s, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

Sponsored by WSM Private Client

Sir Willard White

WSM chose well, the first sold out event of the Festival. Again another artist I’ve been after for years, coming with my old friends Counterpoise who graced the Festival a few years ago.

WIHAN/SACCONI ‘Octet Masterworks’        

Sunday 12 Nov 7.30pm, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, SW19 4AA

Thanks to Vicky and Stephen Streater

Wihan Sacconi Quartet

The first event I booked for this year’s Festival, as soon as I heard that our old Czech friends the Wihan, were joining forces with an English quartet I’ve known and followed for more than ten years. And what a programme they are bringing. Mendelssohn’s astonishing work composed when he was only 16. George Enescu wrote his wonderful octet when only 19. Maybe not a household name but the great cellist and Casal’s called Enescu “The greatest phenomenon since Mozart.”


Monday 20 Nov 7.30pm, St. John’s, Spencer Hill, SW19 4NZ

Tertis Foundation

Timothy Ridout

We thank the Tertis Foundation for their major grant and for supporting the Viola Recital, given this year by the extraordinary young British violist, Timothy Ridout. Winner of the Tertis International Viola Competition.

Seasons Florists

Thanks also to Seasons Florists for their annual donation of flowers at our venues.



R.I.P. As I write this I have just received the sad news of the passing of Kevin Lavery. A great lover and supporter of music, Kevin was a most generous Benefactor of the Festival from its founding. His sister said she has few contacts in Wimbledon so I would like to pass on details of his funeral, which will be at Putney Vale, at 12.40pm on Monday 13th November. The wake will be at The Telegraph, a nearby pub, Putney Heath, SW15 3TU.

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director

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Wimbledon International Music Festival 2017 Newsletter Issue no.8