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WIMF 11 to 26 November 2017

“For years now, we wanted to come to this renowned festival: many musicians told us that it is a very special experience!” Quatuor Diotima

There is a wealth of music to enjoy at WIMF


Two international pianists, trumpet virtuosity, jazz, Willard White, Viktoria Mullova, Wihan and Sacconi Octet, The Graves Oratorio…

We hope you will Enjoy the Festival, become Friends of the Festival, Buy lots of Tickets, Spread the word, and Encourage your friends to come too. You can help make a real difference and ensure that 2017 will be yet another successful year.


Wed 22 November


Quatuor Diotima

Quatuor Diotima’s slightly eccentric name belies one of the leading quartets of our time, who will be playing the two great masterpieces of the French repertoire, together with Dutilleux's superb ‘Ainsi la nuit which has been called one of the treasures of the quartet repertoire.”

“We hope as many people as possible will take away a wonderful experience of these masterworks: the key word for us about French music is suggestion”.


Fri 17 November


Virtuosl of Europe

Leader, Yuri Zhislin, writes: “The programme we have chosen represents the best of Russian chamber music: a beautiful, romantic Nocturne by Borodin from his 2nd String Quartet, which stole the show in the musical Kismet’, the monumental String Quartet No 8 by Shostakovich, Arensky's String Quartet which is full of wonderful Russian tunes and chants and, to finish with, a sparkling Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky for a string Sextet. So, we very much hope that the audience goes away energised with the beautiful music from St. Petersburg we will share with them.”

What a wonderful programme!


Tue 21 November


Red Priest

For sheer joie de vivre it is difficult to beat Red Priest, the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil.

Described by music critics as ‘visionary and heretical’, ‘outrageous yet compulsive’, ‘wholly irreverent and highly enlightened’, ‘completely wild and deeply imaginative’, with a ‘red-hot wicked sense of humour’and a ‘break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach to early music’. Apart from that they are wonderful musicians, with Piers Adams recognised as one of the greatest recorder virtuosi in the world.

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director

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Wimbledon International Music Festival 2017 Newsletter Issue no.5