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Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Lucy Russell and Marcus Barcham Stevens violins
Alan George viola, Sally Pendlebury cello

Schubert Sehnsucht D636
Schubert Quartettsatz (ii: Andante) D703
Schubert Gute Nacht from ‘Winterreise’
Roderick Williams Fremd bin ich (première)
Delius Late Swallows
Schubert Quartet in G D887

The Fitzwilliam Quartet returns to Leamington with a concert that reflects three strands of the Festival programme. It involves Roderick Williams, described as a national treasure by BBC Music Magazine, as performer and composer, with the première of a work he has written specially for the Quartet and which is a further extension of his Schubert crusade that has seen him perform all three song cycles for Leamington Music. The Quartet in turn champions Schubert’s quartets, in particular the greatest and last of them all in G major. Delius is also part of their mission and leads us to the BBC documentary to be shown on Sunday 5 May in the afternoon.

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

Leonore Piano Trio

Benjamin Nabarro violin
Gemma Rosefield cello
Tim Horton piano

Arensky Trio No 1 in D minor Op 32

Schubert Trio No 1 in B flat D898

The members of the Leonore Piano Trio met in Ensemble 360, which has been performing regularly for Leamington Music since it was founded in 2006. The Trio emerged in 2012 and since then has appeared regularly in Leamington Music Festivals and made a series of acclaimed recordings, mostly of composers deserving more exposure such as Arensky, Lalo, David Matthews, Pixis, Rimsky-Korsakov and Taneyev. The Leonore’s rendition of the trio by Lalo in the 2017 Festival went down very well, and this year’s offering of the first of Schubert’s sublime trios is preceded by Arensky’s wonderfully Romantic first trio from 1894.

Tickets: £16 reserved, £13 unreserved sides.

Concert generously supported by Jennifer Lorch

Tasmin Little violin & Andrey Gugnin piano

Brahms Sonatensatz WoO2
Delius Violin Sonata No 2
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No 2 in D Op 94a
Schubert Moment Musicale No 4 in C sharp minor D780
Strauss Violin Sonata in E flat Op 18
Szymanowski Notturno e Tarantella Op 28

There can be no finer beginning to the thirtieth Festival than a concert from Tasmin Little, and we look forward to welcoming Andrey Gugnin to Leamington for the first time. Tasmin has for years delighted audiences in the area, playing at Charlecote Park, in Leamington, Leamington Hastings, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Arts Centre and Warwick town. A pupil of Yehudi Menuhin, she has championed Delius and, more recently, Szymanowski and includes both of them in the wide-ranging programme that opens the Festival. Awarded the OBE in 2012 and with appearances all over the world, she can, ”justly be regarded as Britain’s finest violinist.” (The Independent). She has performed with Andrey Gugnin in Australia and throughout the UK, and we have a solo recital from Andrey to look forward to as our Monday lunchtime concert.

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