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Consone Quartet – Friday 1 December

Consone Quartet

Agata Daraškaite & Magdalena Loth-Hill violins
Elitsa Bogdanova viola, George Ross cello

Mozart   Quartet in G K387
Arriaga   Quartet No 2 in A
Mendelssohn   Theme & Variations and Capriccio Op 81
Beethoven   Quartet in F minor Op 95 ‘Serioso’

 

The first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet is fast making a name for its honest and expressive interpretations of classical and romantic repertoire. The Quartet comes to Leamington for its third visit, bringing favourites from Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Beethoven partnered with music by Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga – only twenty when he died in 1826 and often referred to as the “Spanish Mozart”.

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Junction T Trio – Thursday 23 November

Junction T Trio

Japheth Law flute | Gen Li cello | Daisuke Yoshida piano

2023 Leamington Music Prize Winners’ concert

Gaubert   Trois Aquarelles
Mouquet   Le Flûte de Pan Op 15
Elgar   Chanson de Matin Op 15 No 2
Monti   Csárdás
Saint-Saëns   The Swan
Granados   Danza Española
Popper   Dance of the Elves Op 39
Weber   Trio in G minor Op 63

The Leamington Music Prize has been awarded to outstanding Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students since its inception in 2009. This Trio of young musicians hailing from China, Japan, and Malaysia (explaining its unusual name) will charm and entertain with a programme that will take us on some exciting trips through the continent of Europe.

£15 unreserved
(£1 children / students)

Remembrance Sunday with Brass Bands – Sunday 12 November

Tredegar Band

Warwickshire and Coventry Youth Brass

Ian Porthouse & Simon Hogg conductors

 

Brass Band music for Remembrance Sunday including Canzona by Robert Simpson and Men Marching by Robin Holloway (two Leamington-born composers). With Strauss’s Festmusik der Stadt Wien and Sibelius’s Finlandia, several solo items, and a Judy Garland Tribute, there is something for everyone – all played by our local talented youth players and a champion band back again in Leamington after last year’s triumphant appearance in the Royal Spa Centre.

“Listeners were left spellbound in admiration” – 4barsrest.com

Concert generously sponsored by Wiglesworth & Co

£22 unreserved
(£1 children / students)

Chelys Consort of Viols & Helen Charlston (mezzo-soprano) – Tuesday 7 November

Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
with the Chelys Consort of Viols

Ibi Aziz | Jenny Bullock | Kate Conway | Alison Kinder | Sam Stadlen

The Honour of William Byrd

 

If musical output gives us an indication of the person within, then who is this man who is both devoutly Catholic yet clearly a favourite of the Protestant Queen who made his faith illegal? A character capable of both weighty contemplation and sharp wit, and the loyal friend who wrote so personally and touchingly of the loss of his teacher and friend Thomas Tallis. This programme explores the proud Englishman, devoted friend, loyal subject, and faithful servant who was William Byrd.

Concert generously supported by Diane Holt

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

Calidore Quartet – Friday 3 November

Calidore Quartet

Jeffrey Myers & Ryan Meehan violins
Jeremy Berry viola, Estelle Choi cello

Beethoven   Quartet in A Op 18 No 5
Korngold   Quartet No 3 in D Op 34
Mendelssohn   Quartet in E minor Op 44 No 2

 

Now based in New York, with a residency at the Lincoln Center, the Calidore Quartet was formed in 2010 in Los Angeles. The Quartet has benefitted from the BBC New Generation Artists scheme and has toured across Europe appearing at all the major halls. Korngold’s Quartet No 3 was written in 1945 when he was already an Oscar-winner for his film music; before he emigrated and landed up in Hollywood, he had been a child prodigy in Vienna, with his opera Die tote Stadt (written when he was just twenty) enjoying great acclaim.

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

Ex Cathedra – Tuesday 10 October

Ex Cathedra

Jeffrey Skidmore director | Martha McLorinan mezzo-soprano | James Robinson tenor

Rachmaninoff   All Night Vigil (‘Vespers’)

 

Audience favourites Ex Cathedra and Jeffrey Skidmore return to St Marys with Rachmaninoff’s most-loved choral work to round off a season celebrating the composer’s 150th year. Powerful, passionate, hypnotic – in a time of turmoil and amid the shock of war, Rachmaninoff turned to the choral heritage he held dear, and created one of the most awe-inspiring vocal masterpieces. With its luminous choral tapestry, mesmeric melodies and some of the lowest notes you’ll ever hear sung, there is little wonder it is beloved by audiences and singers alike.

Concert generously supported by Helen & Stan Ireland

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

Leonkoro Quartet – Friday 6 October

Leonkoro Quartet

Jonathan Schwarz & Amelie Wallner violins
Mayu Konoe viola, Lukas Schwarz cello

Schubert   Quartet in G minor D173
Janáček   Quartet No 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Brahms   Quartet in C minor Op 51 No 1

 

As winners of the 2022 London International String Quartet Competition, the Leonkoro (which means Lionheart in Esperanto) follows all this century’s other winners to Leamington – the Esmé, Van Kuijk, Arcadia, Danish, and Atrium Quartets – so our audience will know what standards to expect. In the Competition at the Wigmore Hall, the Leonkoro won nine out of the twelve prizes awarded. Based in Berlin, the Quartet also won the Bordeaux Competition in 2022 and became BBC New Generation Artists for two years.

£27 | £17
(£1 children / students)

The Orlando Consort – CANCELLED!!

Matthew Venner alto, Mark Dobell and Angus Smith tenors, Donald Greig baritone

Guillaume de Machaut: Portrait of a Genius

Today this fourteenth-century French cleric is best-known for a single work, the extraordinary Messe de Nostre Dame. However, in his own era Machaut was fêted throughout Europe for his wide-ranging skills. The Orlando Consort’s new programme demonstrates the full lyrical beauty, the sensual imagery and the inspired harmonic brilliance that lies in the work of this truly great poet – a direct inspiration to Chaucer – and composer.

“Hauntingly and mellifluously sung by The Orlando Consort, this music still sounds as flavoursome as it must have done 650 years ago.” – The Daily Telegraph

www.orlandoconsort.com

The final concert in the Early Music at St Mary’s Season

Pražák String Quartet – CANCELLED!!

CANCELLED!!

 

Jana Vonášková and Vlastimil Holek violins, Josef Klusoň viola, Michal Kaňka cello

Haydn   Quartet in F Op 77 No 2
Dvořák   Quartettsatz in F B120
Karel Janovický   Quartet No 4 (UK première)
Dvořák   Quartet in G Op 106

The Pražák Quartet, last here for two very well received concerts in the 2018 Leamington Music Festival, returns with a sole movement of a quartet by Dvořák as well as his penultimate. Leamington salutes Karel Janovický in his ninetieth year with the UK première of his latest quartet; he has lived in London for many years and also been with the Dvořák Society to some of our festivals.

www.prazakquartet.com

The final concert in the Investec International String Quartet Season

Ensemble 360

Current members of Ensemble 360 are:
Juliette Bausor flute, Matthew Hunt clarinet, Adrian Wilson oboe, Naomi Atherton horn, Amy Harman bassoon
Benjamin Nabarro and Claudia Ajmone-Marsan violins, Ruth Gibson viola, Gemma Rosefield cello
Laurène Durantel double bass and Tim Horton piano

Amadeus 5 x 3

Mozart   Horn Quintet in E flat K407
Mozart   String Quintet in C K515
Mozart   Clarinet Quintet in A K581

Following the Family Concert in the morning, members of Ensemble 360 treat us to an afternoon of Mozart at his most delightful.

“International musicians, brimming with body and soul with passion, vitality and virtuosity, whose performances never cease to amaze.” – The Independent

www.ensemble360.co.uk

Tickets £20 raised central block, £15 at sides
£1 Student Standby

Concert generously supported by Murray Campbell, John Hobley, Jonathan Holden, Rose Ledlie, Roger Massie, and Margaret Pringle.