Welcome to the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2017, our ninth season

“The Wimbledon International Music Festival continues to go from strength to strength and its extraordinary international roster of featured artists and ensembles is a huge tribute to all concerned. Long may it continue to bring the highest quality to Wimbledon”

John Gilhooly, Director Wigmore Hall

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

Anthony Wilkinson