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Martinů String Quartet / Simon Wallfisch (baritone) / Gemma Rosefield (cello) – Monday 6 May

Martinů String Quartet
Lubomír Havlák violin and Adéla Štajnochrová violins
Martin Stupka viola, Jitka Vlašánková cello
with Simon Wallfisch baritone
and Gemma Rosefield cello

Krása  String Quartet
Tauský   Coventry
Sylvie Bodorová   Terezín Ghetto Requiem
Schubert   String Quintet in C D956

 

The Festival’s final concert includes Vilém Tauský’s Coventry, written in 1940 after visiting the recently ruined cathedral.

Sylvie Bodorová’s Terezín Ghetto Requiem (premièred in Holy Trinity Church in 1998) will be played here for the fifth time, after numerous performances in England, North America, and on the continent. Simon Wallfisch was the impressive baritone soloist last time, in 2016, and Gemma Rosefield also returns to play Schubert’s masterpiece with the Martinů String Quartet.

Join us after the concert for a celebratory glass of wine!

Generously supported by Diane Holt and Peter Robinson

£27 | £22 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Ben Goldscheider (horn) & Richard Uttley (piano) – Monday 6 May

Kofron   Horn Sonatina

Mahler   Urlicht from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Janáček   On an Overgrown Path selections

Kaprálová   April Preludes  

Punto   Adagio from Horn Concerto No 5

Beethoven   Horn Sonata in F Op 17

 

Ben Goldscheider’s stunning performance in the final concert of the 2023 Festival, plus his family’s Czech background, made an invitation to return inevitable. Finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2016, he plays regularly now in leading continental concert halls and with major orchestras, including his BBC Proms debut in 2022. Richard Uttley, Ben’s regular recital partner, comes to Leamington for the first time.

Generously supported by Stan & Helen Ireland

£18 | £12
(£1 children / students)

Martinů String Quartet / Vilém Veverka (oboe) / Martin Kasík (piano) – Sunday 5 May

Martinů String Quartet
Lubomír Havlák violin and Adéla Štajnochrová violins
Martin Stupka viola, Jitka Vlašánková cello
with Vilém Veverka oboe 
and Martin Kasík piano

Bohemian Pot Pourri

Martinů   Quartet for oboe, violin, cello & piano H315
Haas   Suite for oboe and piano Op 17
Klein   Wiegenlied
Smetana   From My Homeland
Dvořák   Silent Woods Op 68
Dvořák   Humoreske Op 101 No 7
Dvořák   Terzetto in C Op 74
Martinů   Mazurka-Nocturne H325

 

Imagine being part of a relaxed Sunday evening in a spacious drawing room in a palace in Prague and enjoy, with the Festival’s Czech musicians in residence, an eclectic mix of works ranging from Dvořák’s ever-popular Humoreske, to some lesser-known Martinů for discovery, and other well-chosen bonbons.

Generously supported by Hugh & Jane Beale, Malcolm & Jenny Burns, and Jennifer Lorch

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Talk: The Low-Beer Story – Sunday 5 May

Leamington Town Hall

 

Daniel Low-Beer talks about The Low-Beer story behind Schindler’s List and the Brněnec project. In association with the Friends of Czech Heritage. Donations to the project welcome.

Tickets: £8

Includes tea and cake served afterwards

Simon Wallfisch (baritone) & Iain Farrington (piano) – Sunday 5 May

Mahler   Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Haas   Four Songs on Chinese Poetry
Ullmann   Two Chinese Songs
Korngold   Der Kranke Op 38 No 2
Suk   Longing from Spring Op 22a
Janáček   Andante from In the Mists
Dvořák   Gypsy Songs Op 55

 

Simon Wallfisch returns to Leamington for the first time since 2016 for this recital and to repeat his memorable performance of Terezín Ghetto Requiem. In 2022, for BBC Radio 3, he curated and sang in a programme of works by Terezín composers at the Barbican. Last year he made his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he now lives. Leamington Music is delighted to welcome the distinguished pianist and composer Iain Farrington here for the first time.

£18 | £12
(£1 children / students)

Martinů String Quartet / Vilém Veverka (oboe) / Martin Kasík (piano) – Saturday 4 May

Martinů String Quartet
Lubomír Havlák and Adéla Štajnochrová violins
Martin Stupka viola, Jitka Vlašánková cello
with Vilém Veverka oboe 
and Martin Kasík piano

Mozart   Oboe Quartet in F K370
Sylvie Bodorová   Psalms and Exhortations for Oboe Quintet (Première)
Dvořák   Piano Quintet in A Op 81

 

The Martinů Quartet returns to Leamington for three concerts, two of them with the leading Czech oboist Vilém Veverka with whom the Quartet often works. Mozart’s Oboe Quartet is a gem to be followed by the commission from The Dvořák Society of a new work by Sylvie Bodorová. Martin Kasík joins the Quartet after the interval for Dvořák’s much loved and evergreen Quintet.

Generously supported by The Dvořák Society

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Kukal String Quartet – Saturday 4 May

Kukal String Quartet
Eliška Kukalová and Klára Lešková violins
Daniel Macho viola, Filip Rufer cello

Coffee Concert

Schulhoff   Five Pieces
Sylvie Bodorová  String Quartet No 4 ‘Shofarot’
Smetana   Quartet No 2 in D minor
Dvořák   Cypresses – a selection

 

The Kukal Quartet is making its UK debut on this visit, having been specially chosen by The Czech Centre. Named after a leading Czech composer, Ondřej Kukal, the Quartet, founded in 2020, was winning prizes at the Prague Spring Competition within a year. The Quartet brings a programme that embraces many of the Festival’s strands, whetting the appetite for Sylvie Bodorová’s première later in the day and building it around Smetana’s last chamber music work, premièred in 1884

The visit by the Kukal Quartet to the United Kingdom is part of the Year of Czech Music 2024 organized in partnership with The Czech Centre London and supported by Czech Recovery Plan, Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, European Union, Arts and Theatre Institute, SoundCzech and Vážný zájem Society.

£18 | £12 
(£1 children / students)

Includes coffee available from 10.30am in the Conservatory

Guarneri Piano Trio – Friday 3 May

Guarneri Piano Trio
Čeněk Pavlík violin | Marek Jerie cello | Ivan Klanský piano

Suk   Elegy

Smetana   Trio in G minor Op 15

Dvořák   Trio in F minor Op 65

 

The Guarneri Piano Trio, founded in 1986, is one of best in the world and has given several memorable concerts in Leamington over the years. Although the three members also have careers as soloists, playing together for nearly forty years brings another dimension to the Trio’s performances.

The ensemble bears the family name of the makers of both string instruments used by the Trio. Cenek Pavlík plays the famous ‘Zimbalist’ violin by Guarneri del Gesù from the precious collection of Luigi Tarisio, while Marek Jerie plays a cello made by Andrea Guarneri in l684.

The Trio’s stunning interpretation of Smetana’s masterpiece on previous visits absolutely had to be included in this programme, along with these wonderful works by Dvořák and his son-in-law, Suk, and will once again demonstrate the Trio’s complete immersion in the rich Czech repertoire.

Generously supported by Michael & Halldóra Blair

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Martin Kasík (piano) – Friday 3 May

Smetana   Bagatelles & Impromptus
Dvořák   Suite in A Op 98
Chopin   Ballade in G minor Op 23
Chopin   Nocturne in D flat Op 27 No 2
Chopin   Scherzo in B flat minor Op 31

 

Concert given in memory of Iain Smith (Leamington Music Chairman, 2006-15) and Teresa Halikowska-Smith.

Iain Smith had a special regard for the leading Czech pianist Martin Kasík, following performances for Leamington Music as well as the Wigmore Hall, in the Leamington Hastings concerts, and the Festival in Stratford. Martin Kasík was Director of the Chopin Festival in Mariánské Lázně, which Iain and Teresa Smith attended in 2008 and greatly enjoyed. The Fryderyk Chopin Society is based in this Czech spa town where Chopin spent the summer of 1836.

Martin gives performances with the Martinů Quartet and his regular partner on oboe, Vilém Veverka, in the evening concerts on Saturday and Sunday.

Generously supported by Stefan, Milena, and Adrian Smith

£18 | £12
(£1 children / students)