I love the challenge of putting together a new season of events reflecting the international spirit and language of music.
The 2017 festival theme ‘Musical Capitals’ provides considerable scope.
Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Clara and Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, Gustav Mahler, Max Reger and Edvard Grieg are just some among the 500 composers to have lived in Leipzig.
The roll call of composers associated with St. Petersburg include: Mussorgsky, Borodin, Rachmaninov, Glazunov, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Glinka, Balakirev, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Arensky, and Prokofiev.
Paris, Prague, Budapest, New York and Venice are equally rich…
The full programme will be revealed on the web site and by brochure during May 2017, with Box Office opening in June.
I would like to thank Benefactors, Friends, Sponsors and everyone who attended the 2016 festival for their wonderful support, helping to make it another record-breaking year.
As John Gilhooly, Director of the Wigmore Hall, has kindly put it: “Long may it (WIMF) continue to bring the highest quality to Wimbledon”
Anthony Wilkinson Festival Director
I am delighted with the success of the 2016 Festival and thank everyone who was involved in making it so: all those who provided financial support in any way; our Festival Director, Anthony Wilkinson, our Festival Administrator, Polly Smith and members of their operational team; the event volunteers; my fellow trustees and most of all the audience, without whom there would be no festival.
Our 2017 Festival promises to be another successful celebration, with music from a wide range of cities around the world. I have no doubt that our Festival Director, Anthony Wilkinson, will present a programme that will continue to enhance our strong reputation for familiar - and maybe less familiar – music performed by first class artists.
If you are not already, please consider becoming a Benefactor or a Friend of the Festival. Our Benefactors and Friends are key members of our Festival community, not only through their enjoyment as members of the audience and participation in other special events, but also for the significant collective financial support that they provide. Being a Benefactor or a Friend provides a number of benefits including priority booking, a reception during the Festival, a free Festival programme and, subject to confirmation for 2017, a discount card for use at certain local restaurants during the Festival.
Although most of our 2016 Festival ticketed events were at or close to capacity, this box office success is not sufficient on its own to provide the financial stability the Festival needs. We are extremely grateful for periodic grants from the Arts Council and for financial support provided by the Tertis Foundation and other trusts, as well as local corporate sponsors. The financial contributions of our Benefactors and Friends are also much appreciated, as are their broader contributions to the Festival community. However, these income sources fall short by an estimated £5,000 to £10,000 of the amount we believe we require currently to ensure that the Festival can continue to provide and to develop such a wonderful cultural experience here in Wimbledon. We need to expand our funding base and to find additional sources of sustainable financial support, so please do get in touch if you are able to help us in any way.
Together with my fellow Trustees and our team of volunteers, I look forward to welcoming you all to our ninth season next November.
Alex Brougham Chairman