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10 - 25 November
With 23 World-class Events this year's International Wimbledon Music Festival


Anyone for Music?
Wimbledon Attracts a Different Kind of Star in November You might be forgiven for supposing that outside the famous tennis tournament not much happens in Wimbledon for the rest of the year. But if you venture into the SW19 post code area between November 10th and 25th you'll find the place buzzing with world-class musicians as Wimbledon's fourth annual Music Festival roars into life.

Seen and Heard International

A Big Welcome to Wimbledon 2012, with special thanks to our many supporters whose generosity has enabled me to bring another splendid collection of wonderful musicians from around the globe.

Anthony Wilkinson

If you are from South West London this is your world-class festival on your doorsteps - If you are from elsewhere you are exceedingly welcome, and thank you for coming.

As the Olympics have come to sporting Wimbledon, I thought that cultural Wimbledon might sport a 'Musical World Fair': music being, after all, 'the' international language par excellence.

It has certainly given me a great deal of personal delight listening to, and meeting, musicians from all over the world, and deciding whom to invite on your behalf to Wimbledon.

What one discovers is that a brilliant young Chinese guitarist, Xuefie Yang, is in her element playing Spanish music - that Brazilian pianist Cristina Ortiz is a superb interpreter of Debussy - that New Zealand composer Jack Body has been deliciously inspired by folk music of China, Madagascar and Bulgaria in his 'Three Transcriptions for String Quartet'.

The other discovery is of wonderful musicians that are not necessarily household names in this country, but rank among the world's best: the Kopelman Quartet, for example. Artists of the first rank doff their hats to Mikhail Kopelman and his Russian colleagues, the great Mikhail Kopelman, who was the leader of the famous Borodin Quartet in its glory days.

So the Kopelman's will be coming to Wimbledon!  Also the fine New Zealand String Quartet, celebrating their 25th year together, returning through London after a tour of the USA. We also have three international soloists, a Lithuanian, a Czech, and a Cypriot who came together ten years ago to form the renowned Rosamunde Trio.
But it is not all strings this year – by no means, no!  The opening weekend sees the Wind Soloists of the LPO in perhaps the greatest of all woodwind works, Mozart's Gran Partita, and Richard Strauss's Serenade for 13 Winds. Later in the Festival Nicholas Daniel, among the finest oboists playing today, brings a programme of Mozart and Britten.

American soprano Christine Brewer, named by the BBC as 'one of the 20 greatest sopranos of all time', heads a striking list of singers that include Susan Bickley, Malin Christensson, Njabulo Medlala, Robin Blaze and James Bowman, all appearing in 'Dido and Aeneas' which opens the Festival; and Cardinall's Musick, recipients of Gramophone's most prestigious award; and Mark Padmore returning with two great song cycles, by Beethoven and Schubert.

We celebrate also the return of young super-star violinist Alina Ibragimova, in a family affair with her father Rinat Ibragimov one of the finest double-bass players in the world. 

Returning also is the celebrated Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy, for what will be a new production of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' with puppets, in association with the Little Angel Theatre, specially conceived for, and with the world premier at, the Festival here in Wimbledon.

Mikhail Rudy

Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy was at KCS Wimbledon for filming the Festival production of Stravinsky's 'Petrushka' 21.09.12

Finally, four international music festivals – Wimbledon, and its partners in Australia, Texas, and Alaska come together in a co-commissioned work by British composer Benjamin Wallfisch, inspired by the paintings and sculptures of the French artist Arman who became a citizen of the United States. You can't get more international than that!

Come and enjoy!                                             

Anthony Wilkinson, Festival Director