Wimbledon Music Festival Now Underway

A feast of classical music to warm you up

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This year's International Wimbledon Music Festival is now underway, offering a "feast of music" by world-renown classical performers.

It's taking place in a series of venues across Wimbledon until Sunday November 28.

The festival opened with a 30th anniversary celebration concert by the Wimbledon-based Academy Choir and Orchestra. They performed Haydn's The Creation at St John the Baptist Church in Spencer Hill.

Concerts in the diary include music as varied as Eastern European, Jewish and Balkan dance music; an evening of song; jazz cabaret; a viola concert; and piano, violin and cello recitals.

The final weekend has a gala finale with the Dante Quartet as well as actor John Sessions performing in A Portrait of Gustav Mahler. The closing event is a special evening, with wine and food, where violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch will perform J S Bach's Sonatas and Partitas.

Wimbledon Music Festival There will also be a communal celebration of music on Saint Cecilia's Day, which falls close to the mid-point of the festival on Monday November 22. St Cecilia (left) is the patroness of music and is celebrated by musicians in many ways.

The festival has chosen to promote a community 'Performance Day' and is sponsoring a number of events in schools across Merton, providing a musical experience for all children in Merton Borough Council schools as well as pupils from some local private schools.

Saint Cecilia's Day will see around 3,000 children from 43 primary schools, three special needs schools and eight secondary schools coming together at a specific time of day to sing a selection of chosen songs. There will also be a free concert at Wimbledon College by the Wihan string quartet.

For further information, ring 0844-871-7685.

November 18, 2010