Following the success of the Warwick & Leamington Midsummer Music Festival in late June and early July, which saw local orchestras, choirs and other musicians join with Leamington Music to celebrate the resumption of live music-making, Leamington Music now announces plans for the last months of 2021.
Having had to cancel two Leamington Music Festivals over the first bank holiday weekends in May with their themes of Largely Ludwig and Basically Bob, it has been possible to salvage enough of the concerts celebrating the centenary of the Leamington-born composer Robert Simpson for a Festival Weekend to run Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 September and in which, Beethoven, who meant so much to him, is also well represented.
The Leamington Music Festival Weekend sees a return to the Royal Pump Rooms where there will be evening concerts given by the Coull and Dante Quartets, Peter Donohoe, Benjamin Frith, Michael McHale, Martin Outram, Jacqueline Shave and Richard Watkins. Lunchtime concerts will feature the Leonore Piano Trio, Mark Bebbington and Roman Kosyakov.
The Leamington Music Autumn Season will start on Tuesday 5 October when Stile Antico returns to St Mary’s Church in Warwick with its programme Toward the Dawn. The monthly early music series continues with the Binchois Consort celebrating Josquin des Prez 500 and Joglaresa with Lullay Myn Lykynge for a Christmas concert.
The Investec International String Quartet series at the Royal Pump Rooms starts on Friday 8 October, and the Jubilee Quartet will make a special visit on 12 November to play Vilém Tauský’s Coventry in Draper’s Hall by the ruined cathedral in a lunchtime concert, and then repeat it at the Royal Pump Rooms in the evening, alongside Mendelssohn and Schubert.
On Friday 15 October Roderick Williams, accompanied by Susie Allan, will give a recital of English songs; “The Great Outdoors…” features Butterworth, Ireland, Warlock, Gurney, Vaughan Williams and Britten and the occasion in the King’s Hall, will mark the official opening of the new music building for King’s High School and Warwick Prep.
Other concerts in Leamington include a Brass Band Day at the Royal Spa Centre on 31 October with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Shirley Bands combining for a world premiere of a commission from Stephen Roberts and the Conservatoire Band playing Robert Simpson’s legendary Volcano just a hundred yards from the house where he was born in Rosefield Street.
At the Dream Factory in Warwick, the Mellstock Band will give its programme The Shepherd’s Calendar on 16 November and The York Waits, with singer Deborah Catterall, bring The Waits’ Wassail on 15 December. The final concert of the Autumn Season is on 21 December in St Mark’s Church when The Carice Singers return to give a Christmas Concert.