Tuesday 26 July 2016

Wimbledon Music Festival 2016

This year's Wimbledon Music Festival runs from 12 to 27 November 2017 with a whole variety of musical events in and around Wimbledon including St John's Church, Spencer Hill, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill and Wimbledon Synagogue. This year's festival takes as its theme Music inspired by Folk Sources.

The festival opens with Sonoro Choir and Wimbledon Youth Choir in David Fanshawe's African Sanctus. The Skampa String Quartet will be teaming up with the Hungarian folk ensemble Muzsikas for a programme which interweaves music by Bartok and Kodaly with Hungarian folk music. The Skampa Quartet will also be giving their own concert with music by Dvorak, Martinu and Smetana. The ensemble She'koyokh combine a klezmer band with a Bulgarian choir, quite a combination.

Christoph Pregardien and Sholto Kynoch will be performing Mahler, Schubert and Schumann. Stile Antico's programme celebrates Shakespeare 400 with music by Morley, Byrd, Dowland, Tomkins, Weelkes and Gibbons. The Academy Choir and Academy Baroque Ensemble, conducted by Andrew Edwards will be performing Bach's St John Passion with soloists Julia Doyle, David Allsopp, Robin Tritschler, and Benjamin Appl.

Raphael Wallfisch will be performing all six of Bach's suites for unaccompanied cello. Christian Tezlaff performs music for unaccompanied violin by Bach and Bartok, and the Tezlaff Quartet will give a programme of quartets by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Sibelius.

The festival closes with the City of London Sinfonia, conducted by Michael Collins in a programme which includes Copland's Appalachian Spring, Holst's St Paul's Suite and a selection of Grainger items plus Finzi's Clarinet Concerto with Collins as soloist.

Full details from the Wimbledon Music Festival website.

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