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wmf 2012
The dates for the annual Wimbledon festival were chosen to embrace St Cecilia's Day on November 22nd, a day on which music and the arts are traditionally celebrated.





This year the Festival is supporting two projects in Merton Schools in association with Merton Music Foundation.

'Petrushka, The Project'
Monday 12 November - 4.00pm
St Mark's Church, Compton Road, SW19

120 children from Merton Abbey and Abbotsbury primary schools will perform their own music and drama pieces inspired by Stravinsky's ballet music 'Petrushka'. The performance at St Mark's is the culmination of a creative arts project delivered by arts professionals from Merton Music Foundation. The children aged 8 - 11 years have used music, drama, dance and art to explore the characters from the story, sharing ideas and developing new skills, experience and understanding of the creative compositional process.

'The Journey'
Thursday 22 November - 7.00pm
St. Paul's, Augustus Road, SW19 6EW
Tickets from ATG 0844 871 7685

Our St Cecilia's Day event this year has150 young singers from Merton secondary schools will perform Pete Churchill's inspiring and innovative 'groove' cantata 'The Journey'. Written as a special commission for Merton Music Foundation, the piece explores the history of immigration to the UK going back 1,000 years and weaves together common themes that face all those who have to uproot and 'journey on' to meet new challenges and build new lives. The piece is scored for mass choir, chamber choir, jazz orchestra and an eclectic mix of folk instruments. World- renownedmusician and educator Pete Churchill will direct soloists Gary Palmerand Guillermo Rozenthuler, with support from the dynamic London VocalProject and the mass choir. Also performing will be students from Merton Music Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music.


St Cecilia's Day

St Cecilia's Day

WMF is developing its own tradition by encouraging active participation in musical performance in the local community. Last year more than 16,000 school children in the Borough of Merton participated in projects initiated by the festival with the good help of Merton Music Foundation.

This year our resources and combined energies are being concentrated on two performances of Benjamin Britten's community opera 'NOYE'S FLUDDE', calling for the participation of a large number of local children and amateur musicians performing alongside a core of professional singers and instrumentalists.

One of the world-class professionals at the core of the production is the brilliant recorder virtuoso PIERS ADAMS who will be giving a special lunchtime lecture recital to celebrate St Cecilia.

St Cecilia's Day

SAINT CECILIA, so often glorified in the fine arts, in poetry, and especially in music...