2020 Leamington Music Festival
1 – 5 May at the Royal Pump Rooms
Our contribution to Beethoven 250 is to programme a mix of favourite and less well known works by him and other composers who he met and knew in his lifetime. Some of these are from what became Czechoslovakia and there is other Czech music plus visiting Czech musicians to continue our links, remembering that it is 80 years since the Czech Free Army came to Leamington during World War Two. We also celebrate Leamington composer Howard Skempton with two of his works in the final concert, which ends with Vaughan Williams’s On Wenlock Edge, which naturally leads on to the Festival Extra concert on 17 May when Roderick Williams sings English music.
Tasmin Little returns for one of her last concerts before she retires in the summer and her accompanist Andrey Gugnin also has a solo recital to play Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata and to repeat Pictures at an Exhibition, for which he had a standing ovation at the 2019 Festival. Raphael Wallfisch also returns with the Shahem Erez Wallfisch Trio to include the ‘Archduke’. The Emperor Concerto is programmed in the opening concert to be played by Tom Poster with the Sacconi Quartet plus double bass.
The Czech element in the Festival is in the hands of Veronika Klírová, flautist in the CBSO and the Kinsky Piano Trio. Horn player Ben Goldscheider and pianist Richard Uttley give one of the four lunchtime concerts and on the final day, members of Ensemble 360 complete the set. In the evening Ensemble 360 is joined by tenor James Gilchrist for the works by Howard Skempton, plus Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and On Wenlock Edge. Five days of intense and joyous music-making at a time of the year which shows Leamington and it parks at their best.
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