Very probably you have not attended a live concert for over five months and at this moment, the Autumn does not look too promising across the country; however, the picture in Warwickshire is much more positive! We believe very strongly that we must provide some live music, both for our audiences and for the musicians too.
At Leamington Music, we have decided that, by moving to two new venues, we can put on some concerts in October and November with reasonable numbers while stressing that we take the safety of our audiences and the musicians very seriously. We then hope we might have at least one Christmas concert in December and during November we will decide what we can put on in the New Year.
We are moving the first three of the Investec International String Quartet Series concerts series to Holy Trinity Church in Leamington, where the format of the series will be a little different this year to allow audiences to enjoy the music safely. We welcome back to Leamington the Elias, Carducci and Jubilee Quartets.
All three quartets will play two one-hour concerts with different programmes in which there will be no interval, but the two hours between concerts will give us the opportunity to clean the church and if you want to attend both concerts, there is sufficient time to have a meal.
The Elias Quartet begins our season on Friday 2 October with concerts at 5pm and 8pm; moving into November, the Carducci Quartet visits on Friday 6 November, also with concerts at 5pm and 8pm; the Jubilee Quartet follows on Friday 27 November, again with concerts at 5pm and 8pm.
The Dream Factory in Warwick, home to Playbox Theatre is the most flexible building in the area, and this flexibility allows us to put on full-length concerts with intervals.
We start with a string quartet concert of particular significance for Richard Phillips, our Festival Director – the Fitzwilliam Quartet comes on Tuesday 13 October to give a concert celebrating a special birthday.
Then, in November, we have an eclectic series of concerts that will appeal to different audiences, but all three groups have played here several times and proved very popular – Joglaresa comes on Tuesday 3 November with the brilliant programme, Boogie Knights; the following week, we welcome back the wonderful Kosmos (on 10 November) with their fascinating mix of music from around the world. Then, on Tuesday 24 November, we ring the changes for The Mellstock Band‘s annual visit to Warwick – this year’s programme is The Shepherd’s Calendar, which celebrates merrymaking throughout the country year.
If you don’t know this beautiful modern building you are in for a pleasant surprise and parking is no problem!
Booking for these seven concerts starts now and booking in advance is essential as we do have to limit the numbers, following Government guidelines. Tickets are unreserved at time of booking and we will then allocate seats for family and other groups, couples and singletons. We will be observing all government instructions which currently include wearing a face covering to concerts, which we request you bring with you.
Please make sure you are on our e-mailing list as we may have to contact you at short notice this year – you can sign up using the box on the right.