It is with great sadness that we announce that, as with many other Festivals in May and beyond, the Leamington Music Festival cannot go ahead as planned – Warwick District Council has closed all its venues, including the Royal Pump Rooms, for an undetermined period, and with the country now effectively in lockdown we cannot say with any certainty that this situation will have changed in five weeks’ time.
Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us; so, too, your cultural health and so we are currently exploring the possibility of some of the Festival going ahead in late September. We are talking to all the artists and trying to form a mini-Festival based on the May programme.
The great news to keep you going is that Tasmin Little has announced today that she will be postponing her retirement from the concert platform, and from the start has particularly wanted to come back to Leamington one last time!
In the short term, while we are still in conversation with the box office and Warwick District Council, we ask those of you who have already bought tickets to please hold on them and look out for our updates on where we go from here… we hope to have news for you very soon!
We trust that you appreciate our positive efforts to keep a cheerful note in these difficult times and to offer our wonderful audience a glimpse of the musical future ahead – please do keep in touch with us as we will with you, and stay safe and well in the meantime.
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