Leamington Music started its seventeenth Winter Season on 4 October, and will be putting on some twenty concerts going into late March. The formula that has evolved over the years consists of a monthly series of string quartets in the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington and of early music in St Mary’s Church in Warwick, plus a range of musical genres, using half a dozen different venues in the towns.
The Early Music at St Mary’s Church Warwick series began on Tuesday 4 October with the Marian Consort appearing for the first time, as will be recorder player Tabea Debus and the Cedar Consort. Other groups like Fretwork, the Gesualdo Six and Ex Cathedra have appeared before in a series that actually dates back to the mid-1990s.
A monthly series of string quartet concerts has been going in Warwick or Leamington on Fridays for over thirty years and this year’s International String Quartet Concerts series started on 7 October with the Brodsky Quartet on a tour celebrating fifty years. The young Eusebius Quartet comes for the first time on 4 November, but the Fitzwilliam, Piatti, Doric and the Arcadia from Romania have all been a number of times before.
Other concerts in the Autumn will see the return of the Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski and the klezmer band She’Koyokh, a triple brass band concert and, as usual, the Leamington Music Prize concert, plus some seasonal music for Christmas. After Christmas the annual Sunday date with Ensemble 360 giving a Family Concert in the morning and a large-scale chamber music concert in the afternoon at the Royal Spa Centre will take place, with a further visit to The Dream Factory in Warwick, which has become a popular venue with our audiences.