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Ensemble Molière – Tuesday 19 March

Ensemble Molière

Georgia Browne flute, Alice Earle violin, Catriona McDermid bassoon
Kate Conway viola da gamba, Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord

The King’s Playlist

Charpentier   Ouverture from ‘Les Arts Florissants’
Lully   Premier et Deuxièmes Air from ‘Phaéton’
Couperin   Deuxième Concert from ‘Concerts Royaux’
Charpentier   Le Mariage Force
Delalande   Première Suite from ‘Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy’
Anon   Ballet Royal de la Nuit
Marais   Suite en Sol Mineur from ‘Trios pour le coucher du Roy’

The first ever Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble finishes the season in the Court of the Sun King, Louis XIV, with a soundtrack of music written and dedicated to every moment of the King’s Day.

£27 | £17 | £12
(£1 children / students)

Carducci Quartet – Friday 15 March

Carducci Quartet

Matthew Denton & Michelle Fleming violins
Eoin Schmidt-Martin viola, Emma Denton cello

Haydn   Quartet in D Op 20 No 4 ‘Sun’
Ravel   Quartet in F
Mendelssohn   Quartet in F minor Op 80

 

The Carducci Quartet first played for Leamington Music in 2009 and this is its eighth concert in the town. The Carducci’s recent programmes here have included Shostakovich, whose full cycle the Quartet toured throughout 2015 with an accompanying CD release and which won a Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award. With welcome inclusions in the programme of works by Haydn, Ravel, and Mendelssohn, this is a sunny delight with musical flavours from across Europe for everyone to enjoy.

Concert generously supported by Diane Holt

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Ensemble 360 – Sunday 10 March

Ensemble 360

Brahms   Serenade in D Op 11
Martinů   Nonet No 2
Dohnányi   Sextet in C Op 37

 

It’s becoming an annual tradition for Ensemble 360 to follow the morning Sunday Family Concert with a large-scale afternoon chamber music concert and in using all eleven members of the group, this year’s is rather special. Brahms’s first Serenade and Martinů’s Nonet have been much enjoyed by our audiences before, but the Sextet by Dohnányi is programmed for the first time. Written in Budapest in 1935, it is a Romantic work, richly scored and bubbling in tunes – a work to be fully discovered by most of us!

£22 unreserved
(£1 children / students)

The Chimpanzees of Happytown – Sunday 10 March

Ensemble 360

Lucy Drever narrator

The much-loved story of Chutney the Chimp is brought to life through Paul Rissman‘s brilliant live music and colourful projected illustrations, captivatingly performed by the wonderfully dynamic and hugely engaging Ensemble 360 and Lucy Drever. This concert is a great introduction to live music for children. Full of wit, invention, songs and actions, and plenty of opportunities to join in, it is ideal for ages 3-7 but great fun for everyone!

Children £8 | Adults £14
Family Ticket £38
(2 adults + 2 children)

Dudok Quartet – Friday 23 February

Dudok Quartet

Judith Van Driel & Marleen Wester violins
Marie-Louise de Jong viola, David Faber cello

Mozart   Quartet in F K590 ‘Prussian’
Bacewicz   Quartet No 4
Beethoven   Quartet in E flat Op 74 ‘Harp’

 

The Dudok Quartet, based in Amsterdam and named after a famous modernist Dutch architect, Willem Dudok, not only excels in the core quartet repertoire but is admirably enterprising in the range of composers it programmes. The Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz, who studied with Nadia Boulanger, features in a Leamington Music concert for the first time; a fine violinist, pupil of Carl Flesch, and also a novelist, her Quartet No 4 was written in 1951 and immediately won First Prize at the Quartet Composition Competition in Liege that year.

Concert generously supported by David & Gina Wilson

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Valencia Baryton Trio – Tuesday 13 February

Valencia Baryton Trio

Matthew Baker baryton | Estevan de Almeida Reis viola | Benjamin Birtle cello

Haydn & Friends

Haydn   Baryton Trio No 67 in G
Lidl   Divertimento No 4 in C
Tomasini   Baryton Trio in C K19
Haydn   Baryton Trio No 113 in D
Lidl   Divertimento No 6 in G
Haydn   Baryton Trio No 58 in D

A rare opportunity to hear and see a baryton, an extraordinary string instrument that was favoured and played by Prince Nicholas at the Court in Esterhazy. Haydn composed some 80 string quartets, 104 symphonies, but in a golden decade (1765-75), he wrote nearly 200 works featuring the baryton, including 123 Trios. Luigi Tomasini, born in Pesaro, was leader of the orchestra at Esterhazy and the Austrian virtuoso gamba player Andreas Lidl eventually moved to London where he died in 1789. The Valencia Trio regularly tours North and South America and in Europe and in June 2023 gave two concerts in the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth.

£27 | £17 | £12
(£1 children / students)

El Ultimo Tango – Tuesday 6 February

El Ultimo Tango

Nicholas Bricht flute, Mark O’Brien saxophone, Eduardo Vassallo cello
Mark Goodchild double bass, John Turville piano

Music by Astor Piazzolla and traditional tango numbers played by the group formed by Eduardo Vassallo, Principal Cello of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and, like Nicolas Bricht, born in Buenos Aires. Astor Piazzolla took the rigid traditional tango out of the smoky, dark dance halls of Buenos Aires into the light, airy concert halls of Europe and America, and embraced by countless of our musicians!

Concert generously supported by the Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa

£22 unreserved
(£1 children / students)

Stile Antico – Tuesday 30 January

 Stile Antico

Dante: A Divine Hope

 

Dante Alighieri’s Comedia (Divine Comedy) is considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written. Its enduring imagery has shaped our western culture’s views and understanding of the afterlife for more than 700 years. With this programme, Stile Antico descends with Il Divino into Hell, journeys together through Purgatory, and finally arrives at the gates of Heaven. Renaissance madrigals and sacred music by composers such as Victoria, Palestrina, and Morales illustrate the way, and texts by Dante himself, set to music by Lazzaschi and Merulo, also narrate the story. At the pinnacle of Heaven we meet the Virgin Mary in Giovanni Gabrieli’s glorious 12-part Magnificat.

£29 | £19 | £14
(£1 children / students)

London Haydn Quartet – Friday 26 January

London Haydn Quartet

Catherine Manson and Michael Gurevich violins
John Crockatt viola, Jonathan Manson cello

Jadin   Quartet in B flat Op 1 No 1
Haydn   Quartet in F Op 74 No 2
Mendelssohn   Quartet in E flat Op 12

 

One of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets, The London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn. Founded in 2000, the Quartet has received invitations to many of the most important concert series throughout the world, and its recordings of the complete Haydn quartets on Hyperion has met with international critical acclaim. But, while Papa Haydn was these musicians’ original love, their discoveries along the way of the music of his contemporaries have uncovered much to be enjoyed, and this first quartet of Hyacinthe Jadin is one such treat.

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Joglaresa – Tuesday 5 December

 Joglaresa

Katharine Hawnt voice, Victoria Couper voice & harp, May Robertson fidel
Jordan Murray percussion & dulcimer, Jonny Akerman percussion

Sing we Yule

 

Celebrate Yule effervescently with Joglaresa – and chase out the chill from the Celtic fringes of Europe – with traditional carols and wassails from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. With fidel, harp, bells and voices, Joglaresa ring in Christmas and New Year in this joyful programme of carols, lullabies, dance tunes and wassails. Joglaresa’s cleverly imaginative programming transcends the limits of what is often thought of as early music, and the ensemble has made many visits over the years since its formation in 1992.

Concert generously supported by Michael & Pat Bird

£27 | £17 | £12
(£1 children / students)

includes mulled wine and mince pies