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1916 2016

Menuhin Centenary

Celebrating the inspirational legacy of one of the 20th century's finest violinists

All events to mark the Centenary are now complete

See the list of events in 2016

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Concert at the Roundhouse, Bergen-Belsen, Lower Saxony, Sunday 28 August

Roundhouse, Bergen-Belsen, Lower Saxony, Sunday 28 August

To commemorate the recital to raise funds for "displaced persons" given there by Menuhin and Benjamin Britten in July 1945.

The link to the invitation can be found by copying and pasting the following link:


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“Rehearsals” at the Yehudi Menuhin School, an original print by Geraldine van Heemstra

2 to 10 July, Menuhin School, Stoke d’Abernon, Surrey


From “Musical Lines”, an exhibition at the School, Stoke d’Abernon, Surrey, for the Menuhin 100 Festival, 2- 10 July, all proceeds to the appeal fund

"Rehearsals" depicts the Yehudi Menuhin School's Director of Music, Malcolm Singer, at work with a group of students.

Geraldine van Heemstra has recently been artist in residence at the School, and her exhibition “ Musical Lines” consists of some 75 framed drawings, etchings and oils showing students and staff at work. All proceeds of sale will go the School's appeal fund. As well as individual framed portraits and group scenes, a limited-edition boxed sets of 10 etchings, using a variety of techniques, are available (edition limited to 15).

The artist writes: "I love music and it is a real treat to be a ‘fly on the wall’ and listen to such young talent play whilst sketching. I have to capture the movements of the young musicians very quickly and this is definitely strengthening my ‘hand-eye’ coordination. I feel it feeds back into all other aspects of my work too.”

For an interview with Geraldine van Heemstra, see


For her personal website, see www.geraldinevanheemstra.com

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“Yehudi Menuhin and the Berlin Philharmonic”

until 22 June - Berlin

100th Birthday Exhibition in Berlin, open till 22 June

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“Yehudi Menuhin: Who’s Yehudi?” Now available on BBC iPlayer until 22nd May 2016 (UK only)

from 24 April to 22 May - BBC Four

Screened on BBC Four on Sunday 24 April - now on iPlayer (UK only)

BBC Four commemorates the centenary by exploring the extraordinary musical life of one of the 20th century’s greatest violinists on 24 April

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Classic FM 20-part radio series

Starts Saturday 9th January - 9pm to 10 pm for 20 weeks

"Yehudi Menuhin: The Master Musician", presented by Humphrey Burton, every Saturday 9 to 10 p.m. from 9 January to 21 May

In 1996, Classic FM first broadcast a series to mark the 80th birthday of Yehudi Menuhin, which was also presented by Burton. Menuhin was a much-loved figure in the UK: although born and raised in the United States, he lived in London, took British citizenship and eventually became first a knight of the realm and then a peer. At the time, he came to the Classic FM studios and spent hours reminiscing about his varied life and extraordinary career for what became a highly acclaimed radio series.

Twenty years later, and to mark Menuhin’s centenary in 2016, Classic FM will re-broadcast the entire series with fresh commentary, interviews and content.

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Menuhin Centenary Series

23rd Feb, 5th March, 7th May, 21st May - Fitzwilliam College Cambridge

A Series of events in celebration of the former Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College Cambridge: 23 Feb, 5 March, 7 & 21 May.

Further details and booking

for the Fitzwilliam College Cambridge events:


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“Celebrating Menuhin” – opening night of the September JMI Festival of Jewish Arts and Music

Thursday 8 September, 7 p.m., Kings Place, Kings Cross, London N1

Celebrating Menuhin's music legacy with an all star cast featuring Tcha Limberger, John Etheridge, JMI's Artistic director Sophie Solomon. 8 Sept

Opening night of the September JAM: JMI Festival of Jewish Arts and Music – September 2016

The Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra
Enescu Intermezzi, Op. 12
Malcolm Singer Chagall’s Violin (commissioned by the Trustees of The Yehudi Menuhin School to commemorate the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth)
Vivaldi Winter and Summer from The Four Seasons

A special evening of music in Yehudi Menuhin’s centenary year featuring an all-star line up to celebrate the glorious diversity of Lord Menuhin’s extraordinary legacy. From his inspirational collaborations with Ravi Shankar and Stephane Grappelli to his pedagogical philosophy, Menuhin was not just one of finest classical violinists of all time, he was one of a kind.

This concert, programmed by violinist and JMI Artistic Director Sophie Solomon, includes Tcha Limberger (violin), John Etheridge (original hot-club guitarist on Menuhin/Grappelli recordings), Dave Kelbie (rhythm guitar), Andy Crowdy (bass), Sheema Mukherjee (sitar) and Flora Curzon (violin), as well as featuring a Junior prizewinner of the Menuhin Competition london 2016 accompanied by The Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. The Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading competition for young violinists, held biennially in a different global city. It attracts hundreds of entries from over 40 countries, choosing only 44 of the world’s very best young violinists to participate.

In the first half of the concert The Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra will perform music by Enescu (Menuhin’s teacher) and Singer, and two of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with one of the Junior Prizewinners of The Menuhin Competition London 2016.

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Live Music Now celebrates the centenary of Yehudi Menuhin

London, Cardiff and Edinburgh between April and December 2016

A programme of events in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh between April and December 2016

In 2016, Live Music Now is hosting and partnering in a series of events celebrating the Centenary of the birth of its founder, legendary violinist, Yehudi Menuhin. Part of Menuhin's legacy to the world was his vision that music can “comfort, heal and bring delight” and reach people "through every barrier, disability, language and circumstance”. Please join us to take this message further, and bring the unique benefits of music to those unable to access it, all around the UK and beyond.

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Live Music Now Germany celebrates Yehudi Menuhin 2016 with 18 concerts

April 19th to November 7th 2016

In: Augsburg, Bayreuth, Berlin, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Karlsruhe, Köln, Leipzig, Lübeck, München, Münsterland, Rostock, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart, Weimar

Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Germany was founded in 1992.

Now 20 German LMN societies carry on the great legacy of our mentor by organizing more than 2.500 LMN concerts each year.

In 2016, eighteen of the LMN societies in Germany celebrate the Yehudi Menuhin centenary with gala concerts.

For a list of the events, dates and cities, please :

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Yehudi Menuhin Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Music Museum

Monday 4th January 2016 – Wednesday 30th November 2016

To mark the centenary the Royal Academy of Music Museum in London presents "Yehudi Menuhin: Journeys with a Violin" till 30 November 2016

A lively programme of musical events accompanies the exhibition. Open 11.30am-5.30pm Monday to Friday, 12-4pm Saturdays, closed public holidays, Royal Academy of Music Museum

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Konzerthaus Berlin exhibition

Until 1st May 2016

Yehudi Menuhin Musiker/Mythos/Mensch

Exhibition open until 1 May at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

In a darkened room, dominated by Yehudi Menuhin's signature in white neon, the Konzerthaus Berlin presents a visually dramatic exhibition devoted to Menuhin life and work, on the occasion of the Centenary Hommage in this spectacular concert hall in Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin. It includes seldom seen memorabilia: such as

* a courteous rejection letter addressed to Yehudi's father, Moshe, by the leading London musical agency, Ibbs and Tillett, saying that the firm's policy was not to engage in speculative projects;

* the honorary police badge given to Yehudi as a teenager by the San Francisco Mayor and Police Commissioner;

* an original handwritten letter from Einstein to Yehudi in 1934, asserting the need for the United States to rearm because of the rise of Hitler in Germany.

The exhibition is open till 1 May only .

For full details of the ambitious and admirably planned Hommage, which also closes on 1 May, see www.konzerthaus.de/en/menuhin-hommage

Design of exhibition: Stefan Schöbinger. Photo credit: Oliver Lang.

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Live Music Now (Austria) announces “VIOLINISSIMO” Gala in Vienna

21st April 2016 Konzerthaus, Lothringerstrasse 20, 1030 Vienna, Austria

For Yehudi Menuhin's 100th birthday


Julian Rachlin (violin)

Carolin Widmann (violin)

Alina Pogostkina (violin)

Wiener Kammerorchester: Stefan Vladar (conductor)


J. S. Bach: Violin concerto in E Major

Beethoven: Violin concerto

Brahms: Violin concerto

This gala benefit concert for Live Music Now (Austria) will repeat the programme that Yehudi Menuhin played as a twelve year old boy with the Berlin Philharmonic – the concert that launched his international career.

Tickets are available from the box office of the Konzerthaus: www.konzerthaus.at

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Menuhin and Gstaad – Maxim Vengerov & The Menuhin Academy Soloists

Friday 22nd April 2016, Saanen Church Gstaad 19.00 hrs

This will take place in Gstaad, at a special celebration week which will include master classes, conferences and a concert on 22nd April 2016 with our Maestro and Artistic Director, Maxim Vengerov.

"A Celebration" by the International Menuhin Music Academy Gstaad (IMMA), 22 April.

J.S.Bach (1685-1750)
Chaconne in d minor from 2nd partita for violin
Soloist: Maxim Vengerov

Violin concerto n 5, in A major K 219

* 1.Allegro aperto Adagio Allegro aperto
* 2.Adagio
* 3.Rondeau- tempo di minuetto
Soloist: Maxim Vengerov

P.I Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Serenade for string orchestra op 48

* Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo — Allegro moderato
* Valse: Moderato — Tempo di valse
* Élégie: Larghetto elegiaco
* Finale (Tema russo): Andante — Allegro con spirito. Best Oleg

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An all-Beethoven concert in Brescia, Northern Italy, on 22 April

22nd April 2016 - Brescia Italy

with the Violin Concerto performed by Uto Ughi

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