Leamington Music has put on nearly 600 concerts since it was launched in 2006, so the cancellation of the 2020 Leamington Music Festival has been a great disappointment. Largely Ludwig was to have been our tribute to Beethoven 250 and bookings by February were looking very healthy.
We must wait patiently for venues to re-open and for government guidelines to indicate that it is safe to go ahead with concerts once more. The health, well-being, and safety of our audience members and volunteers is absolutely paramount and is therefore central to our plans for the next year; as such, we hope you will bear with us in the delays to our usual timetable of publicizing concerts and events – as soon as we are able to tell you our plans, we will!
Planning for the 2020/21 Leamington Music Winter Season has been taking place for some years and we are waiting to see if we will be able to go ahead with it. Due to the (usually) exceptionally busy touring schedules of the musicians, we must always book our Investec International String Quartets series two or three years ahead! The quartets booked to appear in this Winter Season are the Elias, Calidore (USA), Jubilee, Dudok (Holland), Minguet (Germany) and Arcadia (Romania) Quartets.
Artists were booked some time ago, too, for the Early Music at St Mary’s Warwick season starting with the return of Stile Antico with its Mayflower 1620 programme. Joglaresa, the Fieri Consort, the Bach Players, the Marian Consort and Ex Cathedra have been booked to follow.
One of the highlights of the 2020 Festival was to be the return of Tasmin Little and Andrey Gugnin. This would have been her final appearance in Leamington, but she has decided to postpone her retirement and very much wants to play one last time in the Royal Pump Rooms, so we are currently trying to sort out a date for this to happen. There are also a further ten concerts in the plans, including Roderick Williams singing Dichterliebe and other works by Schumann, accompanied by Roger Vignoles.
We remain hopeful, but acknowledge there are some who think it will be 2021 before there will be live concerts as we know them. To keep up to date with our plans, do make sure you are on our mailing lists – you can sign up to our e-mailing list using the box on the right; if you would like to receive information by post, please email email@example.com to be added to the postal mailing list.
It is always possible, of course, that one of the ways in which concert-going will be made safer is by reducing the number of tickets available for each event. Do bear in mind that the Friends of Leamington Music receive a priority booking period for all our concerts, and so joining up as member will allow you this privilege along with directly helping our work in bringing music to the next generation via the Education Programme and the Leamington Music Prize. Visit the Friends page for more information.
The Leamington Music Virtual Festival and Exhibition
For each day that the Festival was to have been ‘live’, the audience can see the Festival and Exhibition here on the website (via the Leamington Music Festival drop-down menu at the top) offering a virtual version of the day’s events, featuring videos of some of the artists who were due to perform along with some rare gems featuring performances from musical giants of the past.
If we couldn’t bring the audience to the Royal Pump Rooms, we wanted to take the music to them in their homes. Our aim was to capture and convey the wonderful spirit of the Leamington Music Festival in a new way this year.
We are working with the Warwick District Council box office to organize refunds for Festival tickets. The box office is currently closed, so all enquiries about future Leamington Music events and booking details should be made to the Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can you help…?
Extraordinary circumstances such as this pandemic have serious financial consequences for us and for our artists; we deeply value our place in both the local and artistic communities and we wish to play our part in supporting the artistic sector during this difficult period. As you may be aware, freelance musicians are in a particularly precarious situation as their livelihood relies on these sorts of events, which are being cancelled across the world, and the nature of such contracts means that in almost all cases no fees are due to them.
Months of income is being lost and we at Leamington Music would like to look after our artists as best we can, while balancing this with our long-term sustainability in these difficult times, so you can continue to enjoy high quality live music in the future.
If needed, Leamington Music would use some of its reserves to offer some compensation to our artists in these unprecedented circumstances, but we also need your help. Every pound that is donated will make a difference to the way we can support these musicians now and with our plans for the future, and we are extraordinarily grateful to everyone for their understanding and support in such challenging times.
Leamington Music is a not-for-profit charity which relies on your much-valued support to keep bringing international music-making to the area. When this crisis subsides, we are all going to want music more than ever to lift the spirits, and so we at Leamington Music would be very grateful for your help to keep the charity, along with our artists, buoyant in the meantime.
If you would like to help us as we try to support our musicians and plan for the future, we would be enormously grateful if you would consider making a donation via GoFundMe by clicking the button below – there is an option on this site for you to add Gift Aid to your donation if you wish. If you would prefer not to use an online system to donate, please contact the Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 or email@example.com for details on donating by cheque or bank transfer.
With all our thanks,
The Leamington Music Team