wmfcover2009   November 20 - 29
The first International Wimbledon Music Festival began with twelve events running from November 20th to 29th and was notable for having standing ovations at almost every single concert.

The festival at a glance

Artists included (in order of appearance])The Dante Quartet, David Gamie organ, Rivka Golani viola, Raphael Wallfisch cello, Nikolai Demidenko piano, Christopher Maltman baritone, Julius Drake piano, Richard Watkins horn, Jack Glatzer violin, Piers Lane piano, Andrew Marriner clarinette, Maggie Cole harpsichord.

The Burning Bush Klezmer Band, the Tony Kinsey All Star Jazz Orchestra, and actors Timothy West in ‘Corno di Bassetto’ about Bernard Shaw as music critic, and Henry Goldman in a story of Violet Gordon Woodhouse, the much admired harpsichordist who lived with four men in a ménage a cinq!, added spice and variety greatly appreciated by enthusiastic audiences.

“I hate music, especially when it is played.” 
Jimmy Durante

“The man that hath no music in himself
Nor is not mov’d by concord of sweet sounds,
Is for treasons, strategems, and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus;
Let no such man be trusted.  -  Mark the music”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

“Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune”
Kin Hubbard

“Hell is full of musical amateurs.”   
Bernard Shaw

“Paganini never repeats”  Portuguese saying

“I don’t know anything about music, In my line you don’t have to.”   
Elvis Presley

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“Tennis... Wombles... and now its very own music event: the London suburb of Wimbledon really does have it all...”
BBC Music Magazine

Months after Centre Court has fallen silent, the first Wimbledon Music Festival is bringing some international stars of its own to SW19...
Classical Music

Jazz breaking news:
Tony Kinsey’s All Star Jazz Orchestra Dazzle at Wimbledon Music Festival.
jazzwise magazine.com

“Around all these fabulous concerts was a vibrant and friendly atmosphere, and the warmth and friendliness of the Festival made it a very special time for us. A very bright light in a dark, wet November. We do hope that this is only the beginning of a great gift to SW19"