On Monday 17th June, Wiltshire Music Centre launched its Autumn Winter 2019 programme, building on the success of its 20th anniversary with an incredibly diverse array of talent.

The classical season opens with two glorious events; the first is an orchestral showcase by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of award-winning Polish conductor Marta Gardolińska (20 Sept), and the second will be I Fagiolini, in a unique performance combining vocal music, art and science to celebrate the legacy of the Leonardo da Vinci, in the 500th anniversary year of his death (28 Sep). October will be a marvellous month with a stunning recital by leading cellist Raphael Wallfisch accompanied by John York on piano (6 Oct), which is preceded by an afternoon public masterclass for young cellists, where Raphael will share the benefit of his 50 years’ experience as a performer and mentor.  Other classical music performances in October include the Carducci String Quartet (11 Oct), left-hand alone pianist Nicholas McCarthy (16 Oct) and award-winning pianist Alexander Soares (26 Oct).

In November there will be an exciting opportunity to see the Doric String Quartet combine with WMC’s Young Artist in Residence the Marmen Quartet for a performance of Shostakovich’s virtuosic Two Pieces for Octet as part of the Doric’s recital program (23 Nov). As if that were not enough, the resident Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (30 Nov) and much-loved British violinist Tasmin Little (7 Dec) will close out the calendar year, the latter appearing at WMC for the final time as she makes her final tour, before retiring from the stage. Fans will not want to miss this last chance to see her perform for us.

As always at WMC, jazz aficionados also have a lot to look forward to this year.  Kicking off with the ‘Full-on brilliance’ (The Guardian) of The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars (27 Sep), the programme covers many jazz genres and styles with highlights including a new weekend percussion festival #Worldbeats co-curated by Brazilian percussionist and WMC Artist in Residence Adriano Adewale (19 and 20 Oct). The Festival includes a showcase performance featuring Adriano alongside saxophonist and flautist Carlos Malta, and piano legend Huw Warren (19 Oct). There will be opportunities for everyone to join in and literally try their hand at percussion and the weekend concludes with a scintillating performance by O Duo. We are also delighted to announce the widely anticipated return of WMC favourite trombonist Dennis Rollins, with his new ensemble Funky-Funk! (1 Nov).

Folk-lovers can revel in the endless inventiveness of globe-trotting Irish folk icons Dervish (21 Sep), followed by the Texas-based Hot Club of Cowtown, who blend traditional Western swing with European hot jazz (8 Nov). From closer to home Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening will bring the power of Northumbrian folk to Wiltshire, with their unique combination of fresh sounds and exciting sonic textures (16 Nov). The Centre will also be transformed into your favourite local festival venue once again, when Bradford Roots Music Festival returns in 2020 (17-19 Jan).

While much of the Jazz and Folk programmes cross over into World Music, there will also be a powerful performance from the Kakatsitsi Drummers from Ghana (9 Nov) as they fuse the ceremonial music of the Bwiti tribes with African grooves, and an entrancing visit from the Drepung Kongpo Khangtsen Monks of Tibet (29 Nov). Each of these performances will be preceded by an introductory workshop to enable all comers to explore the cultural traditions from which these exciting performers and artforms come.

As always there is also plenty for families and young people this season, including a bigger than ever Summer Fun programme (29 Jul-23 Aug), percussion maestros O Duo in concert (20 Oct), and then London Sinfonietta return with an opportunity for young music fans and budding composers to discover how repeated musical patterns are used to build incredible and creative sound worlds (3 Nov).  

With a host of interactive workshops, intimate ‘Live in the Bar’ gigs, lectures and opera and ballet screenings from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Wiltshire Music Centre this Autumn Winter season.

Explore the full season online: www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk/whats-on
General booking opens on Monday 1st July.

We are extremely proud to be able to present such a rich and diverse programme of concerts, events and workshops here at WMC, and hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy in our autumn season.
James Slater, Artistic Director