Wimbledon International Music Festival 2019

Welcome to the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2019, our eleventh season

Maciej Kulakowski
“The Wimbledon International Music Festival continues to go from strength to strength and its extraordinary international roster of featured artists and ensembles is a huge tribute to all concerned. Long may it continue to bring the highest quality to Wimbledon”

John Gilhooly, Director Wigmore Hall

‘Galaxy’ is perhaps an appropriate word for a Festival that opens with Haydn’s moving and hugely inventive depiction of the birth of the Universe, the ‘Creation’, featuring a ‘stellar’ trio of soloists, Kate Royal, Benjamin Hulett, Jonathan Lemalu, the London Mozart Players, and the Academy Choir flourishing under conductor Matthew Best.

Cellist Matthew Barley comes together with top flight Indian musicians to explore the fascinating connections between music, mathematics, and architecture, ending their journey in Le Corbusier’s city of Chandigarh in the Punjab.

The ‘Father of Numbers’, Pythagoras, will be looking over the shoulders of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart and Xenakis several times during the Festival. Armonico Consort will be exploring the ‘spatial’ masterpieces of Renaissance Italy composed by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Allegri, and Palestrina for the great acoustic and architectural spaces of Venice, Florence and Rome.

One of the finest of ensemble groups, Calefax bring their breath-taking wind quintet to a concert with Matthew Barley. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who dazzled in a previous solo recital, returns with pianist Lars Vogt. The renowned Canadian pianist Louis Lortie is finally available after years of trying, and comes with fellow Canadian Hélène Mercier in a dazzling concert of works for two piano. Korean pianist, Sunwook Kim, Leeds First Prize-winner, previously denied us by British Border control, is finally among us, living in West Wimbledon and playing at the Festival.

There’s plenty of fun and theatrics too: A spectacular Jazz-night ‘Swinging at the Cotton Club’ with the Lindy Hop Dance Company and The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra; violinist Hugo Ticciati and the O/Modernt Ensemble get lost in musical Labyrinths; Walton’s ‘Façade’ has Richard Stilgoe and Patricia Hodge; dramatic mezzo-soprano Luciana Mancini, from Berlin Staatsoper, goes mad with Vivaldi; there are supertheatrics with Regent Opera’s updated version of Tosca.

The Festival concludes with a joyous exploration of ‘numbers’ with the Philharmonia Orchestra in a programme of Bach, Bartok, ending with Mozart’s most extraordinary, final symphony, the ‘Jupiter’, in which five themes come together in a dazzling fugal finale.

A big thank you to the Tertis Foundation, and Taylor Family Foundation for their annual grants; to Robert Holmes, Marcus Beale Architects, and WSM Private Clients, our faithful event sponsors; and to you our amazing Benefactors, Friends, and Audience - the music is for you, and with you we can approach ‘Infinity’.

Anthony Wilkinson

Festival Director

WIMF 2019