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CANCELLED – Veronika Klírová flute & Ben Dawson piano

Schulhoff   Flute Sonata
Martin Červenka   Suite for Flute and Piano ‘Obrazy’
Martinů   Flute Sonata No 1 H306
Hummel   Flute Sonata in A Op 64

 

Czech flautist Veronika Klírová brings her CBSO colleague Ben Dawson to add our traditional Czech flavour to the Festival. With them come the Czech Republic’s famous sons and a composer whose work is new to the Festival – Martin Červenka – who dedicated this Obrazy Suite to Veronika which receives its Leamington debut.

Tickets: £16 reserved central block, £13 unreserved sides.
£1 Student Standby

Concert supported by The Dvořák Society

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

CANCELLED – Tom Poster piano, Sacconi String Quartet and Andrew Marshall double bass

TOM POSTER piano
SACCONI STRING QUARTET
Ben Hancox and Hannah Dawson violins
Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello
ANDREW MARSHALL double bass

Beethoven    Piano Sonata in E minor Op 90
Beethoven    String Quartet in B flat Op 18 No 6
Beethoven arr. Lachner    Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat Op 73 ‘Emperor’

The opening concert of the 2020 Leamington Music Festival sets the scene beautifully for our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, bringing together the composer’s piano, chamber and orchestral works, although perhaps in a way you have never heard before. The piano sonata with which we begin the Festival was written in 1814 – the year the Royal Pump Rooms was built.

Tom Poster’s superb performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with the Aronowitz Ensemble in last year’s Festival proved that he is a piano force to be reckoned with. He is joined by the Sacconi Quartet, which embarks on its 20th-anniversary tour next year, and double bassist Andrew Marshall for the Emperor Concerto which should certainly begin the weekend with a bang!

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block, £15 unreserved sides.
£1 Student Standby

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

Takács String Quartet EXTRA (1 of 2)

Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes violins
Geraldine Walther viola, András Fejér cello

Haydn Quartet in C Op 33 No 3 ‘The Bird’
Shostakovich Quartet No 11 in F minor Op 122
Beethoven Quartet in C Op 59 No 3 ‘Razumovsky’

The Leamington-born violinist Edward Dusinberre returns, with the world-famous Quartet of which he has been the leader for over twenty years, for a double concert special – a rare treat for the town that is not to be missed! The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.”

This first of two concerts is entitled Russian Themes and Intrigues.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved, £15 unreserved sides.

Takács String Quartet EXTRA (2 of 2)

Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes violins
Geraldine Walther viola, András Fejér cello

Haydn Quartet in G Op 76 No 1
Bartók Quartet No 6
Beethoven Quartet in F Op 135

The Leamington-born violinist Edward Dusinberre returns, with the world-famous Quartet of which he has been the leader for over twenty years, for a double concert special – a rare treat for the town that is not to be missed! The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.”

This second of two concerts is entitled Late Works.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved, £15 unreserved sides.

Concert generously supported by Michael and Halldora Blair

Aronowitz Ensemble

Magnus Johnston and Marije Johnston violins, Tom Hankey and Rosalind Ventris violas
Guy Johnston and Pierre Doumenge cellos, Tom Poster piano

Strauss Sextet from Capriccio Op 85
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence Op 70

This is the Leamington debut of one of the best young string ensembles in the country, joined by their pianist Tom Poster for one of Shostakovich’s most powerful works. With the charming sextet from Strauss’s opera Capriccio and Tchaikovsky’s rousing Souvenir de Florence, this is a true Festival programme. Following its sell-out debut at St John’s Smith Square, and subsequent invitation to join the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme, the Ensemble has maintained a busy schedule of engagements across the UK and beyond – including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Spoleto Festivals and the BBC Proms – performing a vast range of repertoire: familiar, neglected and new. Magnus and Marije Johnston are known to Leamington audiences as one half of the Navarra String Quartet which opened last year’s Winter Season. Joining his brother and sister-in-law in the Ensemble is cellist Guy Johnston, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2000, and pianist Tom Poster who won the Keyboard section of the BBC competition in the same year.

Tickets: £24 and £19 reserved, £14 unreserved sides.

Concert generously supported by Margaret Goode

Taylor MacLennan flute, Adéla Ševčíková violin, Anna Barsegjana viola, Idlir Shyti cello

Schubert String Trio in B flat D581
Klein String Trio
Feld Nocturne
Mozart Flute Quartet in A K298

Four young musicians who met, following their studies, in the Southbank Sinfonia bookend charming works by Schubert and Mozart with two Czech works. Gideon Klein, who was born in 1919, was possibly the most talented of all the Terezin composers to perish in Auschwitz and this Trio, which has been played several times in Leamington, is a wonderful example of his genius. Jindřich Feld (1925-2007) taught composition at the Prague Conservatory and had posts abroad in Australia, various European countries, Japan and USA and was very active after the Velvet Revolution. The musicians come from Scotland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Albania – a truly European line-up which we must continue to encourage.

Tickets: £16 reserved, £13 unreserved sides.

Concert supported by the Low-Beer Trust

Martinů String Quartet & Gemma Rosefield cello

Lubomír Havlák and Libor Kaňka violins
Zbyněk Paďourek viola, Jitka Vlašánková cello

Mozart Divertimento in D K136
Glazunov Quintet in A Op 39
Schubert Quintet in C D956

The Martinů String Quartet returns to Leamington following an outstanding concert at the end of November and joins up again with Gemma Rosefield to repeat their striking interpretation of Schubert’s ever popular Quintet and to introduce the audience to the Quintet by Glazunov, written in 1892, during the golden age of romantic Russian music. The concert begins with Mozart’s evergreen, Divertimento in D, written in 1772 when the great composer was just 16 years old and already held the post of Court Concertmaster to Hieronymus Coloredo, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg.

Tickets: £24 and £19 reserved, £14 unreserved sides.

Concert generously supported by Paul & Jane Watts

Andrey Gugnin piano

Tchaikovsky Dumka Op 59
Scriabin Sonata No 2 in G sharp minor Op 19 ‘Sonata Fantasy’
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Introduced by Tasmin Little in the opening Festival concert, Moscow-trained Andrey Gugnin gives an all Russian programme, ending with Mussorgsky’s great Pictures at an Exhibition, originally written for piano solo and which Andrey has made a highly acclaimed recording for Steinway & Son’s own label. Andrey has won more than a dozen competition prizes, including Sydney in 2017, appeared in many leading festivals like Verbier, and has played under maestro Gergiev with the Mariinsky and London Philharmonic Orchestras.

Tickets: £16 reserved, £13 unreserved sides.

Roderick Williams baritone & Ensemble 360

James Pillai horn, Benjamin Nabarro and Claudia Ajmone-Marsan violins,
Rachel Roberts viola, Gemma Rosefield cello, Elena Hull double bass, Tim Horton piano

Howard Skempton Man and Bat
Howard Skempton The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Howard Skempton’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner was first performed by Roderick Williams with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and then taken on by him and Ensemble 360 for performances in Sheffield, the Wigmore Hall and the 2017 Leamington Music Festival. The setting of D.H. Lawrence’s Man and Bat by Howard followed in July 2017, premièred in Sheffield, and this will be its first performance here in Leamington.

Tickets: £24 and £19 reserved, £14 unreserved sides.

Concert sponsored by Presto Classical

 

Raphael Wallfisch cello & John York piano

Schubert arr. Piatigorsky Introduction, Theme and Variations in B flat D968a
Prokofiev Ballade Op 15
Delius Cello Sonata
Schubert Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’ D821

Regular visitors since the 1990s, Raphael Wallfisch and John York were celebrating 35 years as a duo on their last visit to the Festival in 2017 and Raphael returned in the Autumn to play the Bach cello suites in a fund-raising concert in Warwick. This concert begins with an arrangement of Schubert’s music by the great American cellist, Igor Piatigorsky, with whom Raphael studied, and adds some exhilarating Prokofiev to the Delius Sonata and Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’.

Tickets: £16 reserved, £13 unreserved sides.

Concert generously supported by Peter Glanfield