Ten years and a day after the launch of Leamington Music on 6 October 2006, the Carducci String Quartet returns to the Royal Pump Rooms for the fifth time to open the 2016/17 winter season and celebrate our tenth anniversary. The Van Kuijk Quartet from France, winners of the 2015 London International String Quartet Competition and now BBC New Generation Artists, plays in Leamington for the first time on 4 November. The other four quartets in the monthly Friday night series have all been to Leamington before, the Elias, the Royal from Poland and the Brodsky all in recent years. The Stamic Quartet from the Czech Republic visited regularly in the 1990s and the last time ten years ago, so their concert on 24 February will be a special occasion, with the Mucha connection typical of the imaginative programming that audiences expect of Leamington Music.
Stile Antico open the Early Music series at St Mary’s Warwick after a gap of twenty months having sung regularly in this area since 2006. Then the thirteen voices whose trademark is to perform without a conductor had recently won the Audience Prize in the York Early Music Festival Young Musicians Competition but now of course they are world famous. As are Ex Cathedra and Dame Emma Kirkby who also feature in the series, which is remarkable this season for bringing in a lot of new blood in the form of The Telling, the Chelys Consort of Viols, The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments and the Brook Street Band.
Leamington Music is more involved with the Royal Spa Centre this coming season with Family Concerts, a Roald Dahl Day, percussion and saxophone concerts all broadening our appeal to new audiences. Our mini Christmas Festival will also bring in new audiences, with the K’antu Ensemble returning to perform in the medieval Lord Leycester Hospital and the Choir of Clare College Cambridge filling St Mark’s Church in Leamington, besides the Ex Cathedra return visit to St Mary’s in Warwick.
Finally, there is the outstanding talent of Roderick Williams, who lives in our county and is so pleased to break off from his international career to perform on home ground. His Schubert Project means he will be singing Winterreise in Warwick this November and Die schone Mullerin and Schwanengesang in the 2017 and 2018 Leamington Music Festival Weekends. And a bonus is the performance of Howard Skempton’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner next May, a work he premiered last Autumn.
With the Leamington Music Education Programme, it’s full steam ahead with the next decade. We look forward to welcoming you at our exciting range of events.
2016/17 Winter Season
Subscribe to all six string quartet evening concerts in Leamington with a choice of area.
Front Central Area £102.00 – save £24.00
Rear Central Area £82.00 – save £20.00
Subscribe to all six early music concerts in Warwick with a choice of area.
Front Nave £102.00 – save £24.00
Central Nave £84.00 – save £24.00
Book for any 10 concerts and claim 10% off the total cost.
Tickets for children and students £1.00 at all concerts except Family Concerts on 30 October and 19 March.
Book online at www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk, by telephone on 01926 334418 or in person at Box Office, Leamington Town Hall, Parade, Leamington CV32 4AT. Open Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-2pm.
Tickets for St Mary’s Church Warwick are on sale at Church Gift Shop.
Leamington Music is very grateful for the crucial support we receive during the year from many people and organisations, including Arts Council England, Warwick District Council, Leamington Town Council, Warwick Town Council, Warwickshire Music, Presto Classical, BAXI, Wright Hassall Solicitors, the St Mary’s Hall Trust, the Low-Beer Trust, the Friends of Leamington Music, the Royal Leamington Spa Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Ann Bailey, Hugh Beale, Michael and Halldora Blair, Roger Cadbury, Murray Campbell, Dawn Curtis, Sheila Deutsch, Nigel Dimmock, Peter Glanfield, Margaret Goode, John Grimshaw, Gaston Hall, John Henderson, Sheila Hill, John Hobley, Helen Hoggarth, Jonathan Holden, Diane Holt, Rose Ledlie, Jennifer Lorch, Richard Lorch, Barbara Lynn, Rosemarie Magee, Roger Massie, David and June Merricks, Fiona Middle, Georgina Middleton, Maurice Millward, Margaret Pringle, Harford Robb, Peter Robinson, Keith Rockett, Sally Siewert, Howard Skempton, Gabrielle Swabey, Sue Thomas, Sylvia Walker, Paul and Jane Watts, Sally Westmacott, David and Gina Wilson and Julia Winter.
Leamington Music is a registered charity number 1117723 that was launched in July 2006 and aims to maintain Leamington and district as a musical centre dedicated to promoting excellent music.
Music-making at an international level like this can only be put on and sustained by the generosity of our supporters and if you would like to be involved in ensuring that Leamington Music continues to flourish please join the Friends of Leamington Music or contact us directly.