The Wimbledon International Music Festival – now in its 11th year – is back this November, and it’s better than ever.
The 2019 edition offers a glittering array of unmissable performances, from rousing classical concerts and intimate recitals to jazz nights and masterclasses – all featuring standout musicians from around the world. The box office is now open (music to our ears!) so here’s the LadyWimbledon.com guide to the hottest tickets in town…
THE CREATION – HAYDN
Saturday 9th November, 8pm | Sacred Heart Church
Kicking off the festival with a suitably big bang, this outing of Joseph Haydn’s epic and imaginative Genesis-themed tone poem features a trio of classical vocal stars, the London Mozart Players and the Academy Choir in full-throttle mode. Tickets, from £24, via TicketSource.co.uk.
FROM ZERO TO INFINITY
Sunday 10th November, 6pm | Trinity Church
This spellbinding exploration of rhythm and space examines the extraordinary relationship between mathematical and musical numbers, bringing together not only two number-based musical cultures but musical royalty, too: virtuoso cellist Matthew Barlow, pianist Clare Hammond, pioneering percussionist Joby Burgess and classical Indian musician Sukvindher Singh ‘Pinky’ (pictured). Taking in Bach, Debussy and Xenakis, the programme culminates with a new composition for tabla, sarod and cello, inspired by Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh city. Tickets, from £18, via TicketSource.co.uk.
SUNWOOK KIM – PIANO RECITAL
Wednesday 13th November, 7.30pm | St John’s Church
The award-winning Korean piano virtuoso tickles the ivories to produce Bach’s wondrous English Suite as a prelude to Beethoven’s magnificent two final sonatas. A classical keyboard delight. Tickets, from £20, via TicketSource.co.uk.
SWINGING AT THE COTTON CLUB
Friday 15th November, 7.30pm | Upper Hall, Sacred Heart
Fancy a little Friday night fun? Revisit the glory days of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington at this Cotton Club revival extravaganza. The Lindy Hop Dance Company will be high kicking, foot tapping, and jazz hands galore, all accompanied by the swinging beats of The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. Tickets, £34 each, via TicketSource.co.uk.
FAÇADES & FRABJOUS FRIPPERIES
Sunday 17th November, 3pm & 7pm | King’s College School
What do you get when you cross Edith Sitwell and Patricia Hodge with Lewis Caroll? “Contagiously witty music, rhyming nonsense of the first water, frabjous projections and animations, live dancers a-dancing, and KCS choirs a-singing…” This fantastical twinset of entertainments promises light-hearted fun and mirthful music mash-ups. Tickets, from £25 (£5 for students); more info via WIMF.
TOSCA – REGENTS OPERA
Wednesday 20 November, 8pm | Trinity United Reform Church
Puccini’s innovative and darkly powerful thriller, featuring a jealous diva, a (literally) tortured artist, a bumbling priest and a dirty Chief of Police – this lusty production of Tosca will get hearts racing with its melodramatic libretto and moving music. SPOILER ALERT: everybody dies… Tickets, from £18, via TicketSource.co.uk.
The Wimbledon International Music Festival 2019 runs from November 9th to 24th. Tickets available online or via the WIMF Box Office (0333 666 3366); visit www.wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk for full listings and more information.
Written By: Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | Editor