SOLD OUT! – Fitzwilliam String Quartet at The Dream Factory, Warwick

Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Lucy Russell and Elizabeth Wexler violins
Alan George viola, Sally Pendlebury cello

Leamington Music invites you to join the celebration of the Festival Director’s eightieth birthday!

Haydn   Quartet in D minor Op 76 No 2
Wolf   Italian Serenade
Schubert   Quartet in A minor D804 ‘Rosamunde’


Since 1984 when the Fitzwilliam Quartet appeared in that year’s Warwick Arts Week, Richard Phillips has programmed through Warwick Arts Society and now Leamington Music, well over 400 string quartet concerts in the Warwick area. His association with the Fitzwilliam, and Alan George as a founder member, goes back to 1971 when the Quartet was appointed to a residency at the University of York. From 1974-77, the Quartet was resident at the University of Warwick before returning to York.

The Dream Factory, the home of Playbox Theatre, offers an ideal space to host this concert in the round. The award winning building is to be found off the Stratford Road on the outskirts of Warwick and parking is plentiful at the Theatre or in Shelley Avenue.

Arrival: 6.30pm for a glass of champagne

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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.

Talk by Professor Brian Newbould with Fitzwilliam String Quartet

Brian Newbould, the Schubert scholar who has “completed” the ‘Unfinished’ Symphonies Nos 7, 8 and 10, will talk about the String Quartet in G D887 to be played in the evening concert and, joined by the Fitzwilliam Quartet, will also talk about the Quartettsatz D703 and the fragmentary Andante that follows it, which will be played in his completion.

Tickets: £8 including tea and cake.

Fitzwilliam String Quartet with Sophie Renshaw viola

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

Sophie Renshaw viola

Bach Contrapunctus I and XI  from The Art of Fugue BWV1080
Mozart Quintet in C K515
Bruckner Quintet in F

The Fitzwilliam Quartet celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, having begun in Cambridge in 1968, and viola player Alan George is a founder member. During its distinguished history, the Quartet has enjoyed residencies at the University of Warwick in 1974-77 and University of York in 1971-74 and 1977 onwards. The Quartet last played here in May 2015, since when it has recorded the Bruckner Quintet in F that we will hear in this concert.

“…a performance of authority, enchanting imagination and visionary eloquence” The Bruckner Journal

Concert generously supported by Jolyon Hall