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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

Kalivoda   Introduction & Rondo
Kofron   Horn Sonatina
Mahler   Urlicht from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Janáček   On an Overgrown Path selections
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)

Imogen Whitehead (trumpet) & Oliver Hancock (organ) – Monday 6 May

Dvořák   Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Eben   Okna
Smetana   Vltava from Má vlast
Hummel   Trumpet Concerto in E flat

 

One of the big successes in the Warwick & Leamington Midsummer Music Festival after lockdown in 2021 was a recital at Holy Trinity Church when Imogen Whitehead played Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in what is now the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, and he succeeded Haydn at the Court of Esterhazy in 1804 – a year after he completed his Trumpet Concerto. Petr Eben’s major work, Okna, was inspired by the glass windows created by the painter Marc Chagall.

Imogen again teams up with Oliver Hancock, Director of Music at St Mary’s Church in Warwick.

Tea, coffee and cake on sale from 10.30am and straight after the recital.

Generously supported by the Friends of All Saints Music

Free entry | Retiring collection

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

Royal Pump Rooms | Conservatory

 

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 fahrende Gesellen
Suk   Životem a snam Op 30
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 violin 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)

Talk: Dvořák in Britain – Saturday 4 May

Royal Pump Rooms | Conservatory

 

A talk by David Beveridge

Following The Dvořák Society’s AGM, there will be tea and a 50th anniversary cake served before the talk starts at 3.30pm. David Beveridge is a musicologist and Dvořák specialist who lives in Prague.

Free entry | Donations welcome