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Heath String Quartet

Heath String Quartet

Sara Wolstenholme and Marije Johnston violins
Gary Pomeroy viola, Christopher Murray cello

 

Haydn   Quartet in B flat Op 50 No 1
Fanny Mendelssohn   Quartet in E flat
Janáček   Quartet No 2 ‘Intimate Letters’

 

Founded twenty years ago at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Heath Quartet has seen a number of changes in its line-up over the years, but has consistently won prizes first in competitions and then for its recordings. This winter season it performs in Barcelona and Berlin and in the summer will be at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. And it has taken Fanny Mendelssohn some time to feature in Leamington!

Concert generously supported by Jolyon Hall

Pražák String Quartet

Pražák String Quartet of Prague

Jana Vonášková and Marie Magdalena Fuxová violins
Josef Klusoň viola, Pavel Jonáš Krejčí cello

 

Suk   Meditation
Janáček   Quartet No 1 ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’
Karel Janovický   Quartet No 4 (UK première)
Dvořák   Quartet in G Op 106

 

The Pražák Quartet was our first casualty of the lockdown back in March 2020 and so we are delighted to welcome them again, bringing a totally Czech programme to build on their triumphant success here in the 2018 Leamington Music Festival.

Concert generously supported by the Low-Beer Trust

Consone String Quartet

Consone String Quartet

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

with Alexander Rolton cello

 

Haydn   Quartet in D Op 71 No 2
Onslow   Quintet in C minor Op 38 ‘The Bullet’
Schubert   Quintet in C D956

The first period instrument group to become BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone’s first concert in Leamington in February 2020 included a quartet by Onslow. It made a big impression and there will be much interest in his quintet, written in 1829 and nicknamed ‘The Bullet’, before we hear Schubert’s sublime quintet, which dates from the previous year.

Concert generously supported by Jennifer Lorch, Julia Rowntree and William Lorch in memory of their brother Richard

Carducci Quartet

Carducci Quartet

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

Haydn   Quartet in E flat Op 33 No 2 ‘The Joke’
Shostakovich   Quartet No 7 in F sharp minor Op 108
Beethoven   Quartet in A minor Op 132

Back for their seventh concert with Leamington Music, the Carducci Quartet have always, since they first came in January 2009, impressed our audiences with their committed and musical performances. The Quartet’s Shostakovich cycles have been rightly crowned by a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

Concert generously sponsored by Investec

Jubilee Quartet at the Royal Pump Rooms

Jubilee Quartet

Tereza Privratska and Julia Loucks violins
Lorena Cantó Woltèche viola, Toby White cello

Tauský   Coventry: A Meditation
Mendelssohn  Quartet in A minor Op 13
Schubert   Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

The Jubilee Quartet bring the programme over to Leamington, where Tauský was stationed with the Czech Free Army. We add Schubert’s ‘Death and the Maiden’ to complete this journey of reflection in Coventry’s year as the UK City of Culture.

Concert generously supported by the Low-Beer Trust

Jubilee Quartet at Drapers’ Hall, Coventry

Jubilee Quartet

Tereza Privratska and Julia Loucks violins
Lorena Cantó Woltèche viola, Toby White cello

Tauský  Coventry: A Meditation
Mendelssohn  Quartet in A minor Op 13

A programme based on the very moving work that Vilém Tauský wrote in November 1940 after going into Coventry with a Czech Free Army ambulance and seeing the smouldering ruins of the cathedral. The Drapers’ Hall only yards away survived intact and, following renovations, opens this October as a music venue.

Concert generously supported by Historic Coventry Trust

Marmen Quartet

Johannes Marmen and Laia Braun violins
Bryony Gibson-Cornish viola, Sinéad O’Halloran cello

Haydn   Quartet in B flat Op 64 No 3
Mozart   Quartet in E flat K428 
Brahms   Quartet in C minor Op 51 No 1

Chosen by Peter Cropper as the very first winners of Music in the Round’s Bridge scheme, the Marmen Quartet return to the area for the first time since 2016, having won the Grand Prize of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2019 as well as the First Prize of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

The Quartet made their BBC Proms debut this August, performing Robert Simpson’s Quartet No 1, which they bring now to the town of his birth in this powerful programme.

Concert generously sponsored by Investec

Sacconi Quartet

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

Haydn   Quartet in C Op 54 No 2
Shostakovich   Quartet No 8 in C minor Op 110
Beethoven   Quartet in C sharp minor Op 131

Celebrating twenty years this season, the Sacconi Quartet were due to open the 2020 Leamington Music Festival. Now, ten years since their last appearance in Leamington, the Quartet come back with a connoisseur’s programme, part of a busy Autumn, prefaced by Festivals in County Mayo and Beverley.

Concert generously sponsored by Investec

 

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.

Coull Quartet with Martin Outram viola

Coull Quartet
Roger Coull and Philip Gallaway violins
Jonathan Barritt viola | Nicholas Roberts cello
with Martin Outram viola

Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor D703
Simpson String Quintet No 1
Beethoven String Quintet in C Op 29

 

With such close ties to Robert Simpson, only the Coull Quartet could be the right fit to open a Festival celebrating the composer’s works and the music of those composers he loved, especially Beethoven whose 250th birthday was to have been celebrated with the 2020 Festival.

The Coull enjoyed many years of working with Simpson, commissioning the Quartet No 10 to celebrate their tenth anniversary in 1984, in the early days of their residency at Warwick University. They premiered three of his Quartets and this Quintet, and have recorded all of these works for Hyperion over the years.

Joined by Martin Outram from the Maggini Quartet, this concert also gives a rare opportunity to hear Beethoven’s Quintet, which paired with the Simpson offers a beautiful synergy with which to begin our much-loved Festival.