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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)

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)

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 Stephan, Milena, and Adrian Smith

£18 | £12
(£1 children / students)

Andrey Gugnin (piano) – Saturday 29 April

Rachmaninov   Preludes Op 32
Tchaikovsky   Album for the Young Op 39
Mussorgsky   Pictures at an Exhibition

 

Andrey Gugnin was introduced to the Festival in 2019 by the violinist Tasmin Little and they launched it with a memorable concert. Three days later, Andrey gave a lunchtime concert which ended with a performance of Pictures at an Exhibition, which prompted an immediate standing ovation. He was invited back to repeat this work the following year and the following two, but the pandemic and bureaucracy intervened. He returns this year with important examples of Russian music before repeating the Mussorgsky, which will again lead us to the Great Gate of Kyiv.

Andrey studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and soon after leaving began to win an impressive number of prizes in Vienna, Sydney, Zagreb and many others. Valery Gergiev invited him to appear with the London Philharmonic and Mariinsky Orchestras and he has performed in many of the world’s most important concert halls.

Concert generously supported by Peter Glanfield

£26 | £16
(£1 children / students)

Roman Kosyakov & Tanya Avchinnikova (piano duo) – Saturday 29 April

Roman Kosyakov and Tanya Avchinnikova
four hands one piano

Mozart   Sonata for Piano duet in D K381
Schubert   Ave Maria D839
Glière   Douze Morceaux Op 48
Rachmaninov   Six Morceaux Op 11

 

Siberian pianist Roman Kosyakov was a Leamington Music Prize winner in 2019, and stepped in at the last minute to save the day last year giving a stunning concert to close the Festival with Ukrainian pianist Sasha Grynyuk. This year he teams up with his Belarusian wife, Tanya Avchinnikova, for a delightful afternoon duo concert.

Opening with a piece that Mozart regularly included in his own programmes when touring with his sister, Nannerl, as child prodigies, we follow his charm with some of Schubert’s characteristic warmth. Glière was born in Kyiv, of German and Polish descent, and this is a rare opportunity to hear these delightful pieces written in 1909.

Rachmaninov’s Six Morceaux Op 11 are an absolute must for this Festival programme. Written in 1894, they are among the best compositions of his youthful period following his studies at the Moscow Conservatory.

Generously sponsored by Maestro! Touring

£17.50 | £12.50
(£1 children / students)

Includes tea and cake served afterwards

Viv McLean (piano) – Friday 28 April

Preludes, Nocturnes and Rhapsody

 

Bach/Busoni   Chorale Prelude “Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BWV639
Chopin   Nocturne in E minor Op 72 No 1
Chopin   Nocturne in E flat Op 9 No 2
Gershwin   Three Preludes
Valentin Silvestrov   Nocturne
Rachmaninov   Prelude in G Op 32 No 5
Rachmaninov   Prelude in G sharp minor Op 32 No 12
Grieg   Notturno Op 54 No 4
Gershwin   Rhapsody in Blue

 

Unwind at the end of the first full day of the Festival with a glass of wine in this relaxed late-night concert.

Since winning First Prize at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona, Viv has enjoyed an extremely varied career as soloist and chamber musician, performing with most major British orchestras and many leading chamber groups. Viv last appeared in our Festival back in 2018, and one of his many admirers – Howard Skempton – proposed his return with a programme like this for us to round off a truly Festival day. We are pleased to include music by Valentin Silvestrov, who was born in Kyiv but currently lives in Berlin.

Generously supported by Howard Skempton

£16 unreserved
(includes a glass of wine)

Roman Kosyakov and Sasha Grynyuk (piano)

Roman Kosyakov and Sasha Grynyuk piano

Mozart   Sonata K570
Prokofiev   Sonata No 1 Op 1
Purcell   Ground in C
Liszt   Variations on ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’
Mozart   Andante and Variations in G major K501
Schubert   Fantasy in F minor D940
Dvorak   Slavonic Dances Op 46

A powerful piano recital ends the 2022 Leamington Music Festival – a Russian and a Ukrainian pianist in harmony.

Generously supported by Peter Glanfield

Tickets: £25 reserved centre | £17 unreserved sides

Sacconi Quartet with Emma Abbate (piano)

Sacconi Quartet

Ben Hancox and Hannah Dawson violins
Robin Ashwell viola, Cara Berridge cello

with Emma Abbate piano

Vaughan Williams   String Quartet No 1 in G minor
Ravel   String Quartet in F
Elgar   Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84

We begin the 2022 Festival with a relatively rare gem from Ralph Vaughan Williams. RVW wrote his First String Quartet in 1908 after studying with Ravel for three months; it seems only natural, therefore, to pair this work with Ravel’s only Quartet which was completed in 1903.

Both RVW and Ravel served in World War I in non-combative roles, as ambulance crew and lorry driver respectively. Elgar’s great period was also the years before and during the Great War, writing patriotic music and following with his three great chamber works including the Piano Quintet of 1918.

The Sacconi Quartet return to Leamington after a superb opening concert of the Autumn Season and Emma Abbate, originally from Italy and now a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, makes her Leamington Music debut in this fine Festival opener.

Tickets: £25 reserved centre | £17 unreserved sides

Dante Quartet with Benjamin Frith (piano)

Dante Quartet
Zoë Beyers and Ian Watson violins
Ben Newton viola | Richard Jenkinson cello
with Benjamin Frith piano

Haydn Quartet in B flat Op 76 No 4 ‘Sunrise’
Simpson Quartet No 8
Schumann Piano Quintet in E flat Op 44

 

The Dante Quartet returns to Leamington after a four year gap and with a new line-up. Simpson’s Quartet No 8 dates from 1979 and shows the composer at his best in an attractive, powerful and gripping work which, dedicated to an entomologist, includes a most intriguing depiction of the mosquito.

With the concert having started with Haydn at his sunniest, the Festival will close with Schumann’s sparkling Piano Quintet, with Benjamin Frith back here after too long a time. Known as a soloist and member of the Gould Piano Trio, he was a pupil of the legendary Fanny Waterman and, among many awards, won the Gold Medal in the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Israel in 1989.

Roman Kosyakov piano

Bach Partita No 1 in B flat BWV825
Schuman Novelette in F Op 21 No 1
Schumann Kreisleriana Op 16

 

We are delighted to offer a concert to a 2019 Leamington Music Prize winner, following some excellent concerts by winners in the recent Midsummer Music Festival, and the success of Claire Barnett-Jones, a winner in 2013, who took the Audience Prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition earlier this year.

Roman, who came to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire in 2017, has won many prizes in Britain and the USA and has made a recording of works by Liszt for Naxos. He includes Schumann’s masterpiece, Kreisleriana, as we prepare for his Piano Quintet to finish the Festival in style in the evening.