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CANCELLED – Ben Goldscheider horn & Richard Uttley piano

Cherubini   Horn Sonata No 2 in F
Beethoven   Horn Sonata in F Op 17
Schulhoff   Selection from Esquisses de jazz WV90
Rosetti   Allegro and Romance from Horn Concerto in E flat C48
Schumann   Adagio and Allegro in A flat Op 70

 

Aged only 21, Ben Goldscheider is a name to watch. He won the Brass Category and was a Concerto Finalist of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2016, since when he has made his BBC Proms debut as well as concerto performances all over Europe. Richard Uttley won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006; he has since released several recordings to critical acclaim and performed as recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, and China.

Tickets: £16 reserved central block, £13 unreserved sides.
£1 Student Standby

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

CANCELLED – Andrey Gugnin piano

Beethoven   Piano Sonata in B flat Op 106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Mussorgsky   Pictures at an Exhibition

Winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition and introduced to us last May by Tasmin Little, Andrey Gugnin is now deservedly making his name in the UK. His recently released CD of works by Shostakovich achieved universal critical acclaim – “Gugnin possesses an extraordinarily versatile and agile technique, which serves an often inspired musical imagination.” (Gramophone Magazine).

We knew that, of all Beethoven’s wonderful piano sonatas, Andrey must play the Hammerklavier for us and finding a work to pair with that mighty piece was no mean feat. But as Andrey achieved a roaring standing ovation with his astonishing performance of Pictures at an Exhibition last year, it seemed the only natural choice to give those who missed it a second chance to experience Mussorgsky’s epic work in the hands of this extraordinary Russian pianist.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block, £15 unreserved sides.
£1 Student Standby

Concert generously supported by Peter Glanfield

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

CANCELLED – The American Beethoven – Talk by Peter Herbert

Anthony Philip Heinrich (1781-1861) was born in Bohemia but made his name in the United States, where he was dubbed ‘The Beethoven of America’. Heinrich was really the first “full time” American composer and a musician of great influence, chairing the founding meeting of the New York Philharmonic Society in 1842 and bringing Beethoven’s music to the fore across the pond.

Tickets: £8 including tea and cake served from 3.30pm
£1 Student Standby

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

CANCELLED – Veronika Klírová flute & Ben Dawson piano

Schulhoff   Flute Sonata
Martin Červenka   Suite for Flute and Piano ‘Obrazy’
Martinů   Flute Sonata No 1 H306
Hummel   Flute Sonata in A Op 64

 

Czech flautist Veronika Klírová brings her CBSO colleague Ben Dawson to add our traditional Czech flavour to the Festival. With them come the Czech Republic’s famous sons and a composer whose work is new to the Festival – Martin Červenka – who dedicated this Obrazy Suite to Veronika which receives its Leamington debut.

Tickets: £16 reserved central block, £13 unreserved sides.
£1 Student Standby

Concert supported by The Dvořák Society

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

CANCELLED – Tom Poster piano, Sacconi String Quartet and Andrew Marshall double bass

TOM POSTER piano
SACCONI STRING QUARTET
Ben Hancox and Hannah Dawson violins
Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello
ANDREW MARSHALL double bass

Beethoven    Piano Sonata in E minor Op 90
Beethoven    String Quartet in B flat Op 18 No 6
Beethoven arr. Lachner    Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat Op 73 ‘Emperor’

The opening concert of the 2020 Leamington Music Festival sets the scene beautifully for our celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, bringing together the composer’s piano, chamber and orchestral works, although perhaps in a way you have never heard before. The piano sonata with which we begin the Festival was written in 1814 – the year the Royal Pump Rooms was built.

Tom Poster’s superb performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet with the Aronowitz Ensemble in last year’s Festival proved that he is a piano force to be reckoned with. He is joined by the Sacconi Quartet, which embarks on its 20th-anniversary tour next year, and double bassist Andrew Marshall for the Emperor Concerto which should certainly begin the weekend with a bang!

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block, £15 unreserved sides.
£1 Student Standby

Festival Saver Ticket available – call Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for more details.

Takács String Quartet EXTRA (1 of 2)

Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes violins
Geraldine Walther viola, András Fejér cello

Haydn Quartet in C Op 33 No 3 ‘The Bird’
Shostakovich Quartet No 11 in F minor Op 122
Beethoven Quartet in C Op 59 No 3 ‘Razumovsky’

The Leamington-born violinist Edward Dusinberre returns, with the world-famous Quartet of which he has been the leader for over twenty years, for a double concert special – a rare treat for the town that is not to be missed! The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.”

This first of two concerts is entitled Russian Themes and Intrigues.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved, £15 unreserved sides.

Takács String Quartet EXTRA (2 of 2)

Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes violins
Geraldine Walther viola, András Fejér cello

Haydn Quartet in G Op 76 No 1
Bartók Quartet No 6
Beethoven Quartet in F Op 135

The Leamington-born violinist Edward Dusinberre returns, with the world-famous Quartet of which he has been the leader for over twenty years, for a double concert special – a rare treat for the town that is not to be missed! The New York Times recently lauded the ensemble for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more.”

This second of two concerts is entitled Late Works.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved, £15 unreserved sides.

Concert generously supported by Michael and Halldora Blair

Aronowitz Ensemble

Magnus Johnston and Marije Johnston violins, Tom Hankey and Rosalind Ventris violas
Guy Johnston and Pierre Doumenge cellos, Tom Poster piano

Strauss Sextet from Capriccio Op 85
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence Op 70

This is the Leamington debut of one of the best young string ensembles in the country, joined by their pianist Tom Poster for one of Shostakovich’s most powerful works. With the charming sextet from Strauss’s opera Capriccio and Tchaikovsky’s rousing Souvenir de Florence, this is a true Festival programme. Following its sell-out debut at St John’s Smith Square, and subsequent invitation to join the BBC’s New Generation Artists scheme, the Ensemble has maintained a busy schedule of engagements across the UK and beyond – including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham and Spoleto Festivals and the BBC Proms – performing a vast range of repertoire: familiar, neglected and new. Magnus and Marije Johnston are known to Leamington audiences as one half of the Navarra String Quartet which opened last year’s Winter Season. Joining his brother and sister-in-law in the Ensemble is cellist Guy Johnston, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2000, and pianist Tom Poster who won the Keyboard section of the BBC competition in the same year.

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

Concert generously supported by Margaret Goode

Taylor MacLennan flute, Adéla Ševčíková violin, Anna Barsegjana viola, Idlir Shyti cello

Schubert String Trio in B flat D581
Klein String Trio
Feld Nocturne
Mozart Flute Quartet in A K298

Four young musicians who met, following their studies, in the Southbank Sinfonia bookend charming works by Schubert and Mozart with two Czech works. Gideon Klein, who was born in 1919, was possibly the most talented of all the Terezin composers to perish in Auschwitz and this Trio, which has been played several times in Leamington, is a wonderful example of his genius. Jindřich Feld (1925-2007) taught composition at the Prague Conservatory and had posts abroad in Australia, various European countries, Japan and USA and was very active after the Velvet Revolution. The musicians come from Scotland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Albania – a truly European line-up which we must continue to encourage.

Tickets: £16 reserved, £13 unreserved sides.

Concert supported by the Low-Beer Trust

Martinů String Quartet & Gemma Rosefield cello

Lubomír Havlák and Libor Kaňka violins
Zbyněk Paďourek viola, Jitka Vlašánková cello

Mozart Divertimento in D K136
Glazunov Quintet in A Op 39
Schubert Quintet in C D956

The Martinů String Quartet returns to Leamington following an outstanding concert at the end of November and joins up again with Gemma Rosefield to repeat their striking interpretation of Schubert’s ever popular Quintet and to introduce the audience to the Quintet by Glazunov, written in 1892, during the golden age of romantic Russian music. The concert begins with Mozart’s evergreen, Divertimento in D, written in 1772 when the great composer was just 16 years old and already held the post of Court Concertmaster to Hieronymus Coloredo, Prince Archbishop of Salzburg.

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

Concert generously supported by Paul & Jane Watts