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Leicester International Music Festival Classical Chamber Music at its finest Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 September 2018 at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Artistic Director: Nicholas Daniel

A New World Composers who moved to America ~ from Dvořåk and Rachmaninov to Thea Musgrave.

Festival Booking Information

Reception for friends and sponsors

Tickets for all events at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery can be booked: on-line (24hr):

A private Reception for Festival Friends and Sponsors will be held after the Saturday Evening Concert. If you would like to join us, join the Friends and help to keep Classical Chamber Music alive in Leicester.

by phone 11am - 4pm: 0116 225 4920


or in person from the New Walk Museum Shop, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA 11am - 4pm

Visit our website or email

VISA, Mastercard, Delta and Switch cards accepted.


Tickets Evening concerts: £22 Lunchtime Concerts: £12

The Belmont Hotel, a short walk from the main Festival venue, is offering a special deal for the duration of the Festival. Ring 0116 254 4773 to book, quoting Leicester International Music Festival.

Special offers

New Walk Museum Café

Buy tickets for all 5 concerts: £80 Buy tickets for all 3 evening concerts: £60 Buy tickets for 2 evening concerts: £40 Buy tickets for both lunchtime concerts: £22

Open daily 10am - 4pm. Evening opening from 6pm until 7.15pm from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd September.

Young Persons’ Free Tickets With the support of the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, the Festival is able to offer a limited number of free tickets to young people aged between 8 and 25 for all concerts. Tickets should be booked in the normal way and holders of free tickets will also need to sign in at the special CAVATINA desk at the concert. This offer will be very popular, so please be sure to book early!

Friends of the Festival Annual Subscription £30 (double) £20 (single) Friends receive discounts on our Lunchtime Concert season. Pick up a leaflet at the New Walk Museum, apply online at or contact our Friends Co-ordinator

Donations The Leicester International Music Festival welcomes donations in support of our work. If you would like to help us, please speak to a member of the Board of Trustees or email Design by mooli 01509 240040 Leicester International Music Festival is a Registered Charity Number 702670 Company registered in England: No. 02380796

Evening Concerts All evening concerts last approximately 2 hours. Lunctime concerts, including the Family Fun Event last approximately 1 hour.

Access at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

• automatic doors • external and internal ramps • induction loop • guide dogs welcome (please specify when booking) • wheelchair spaces available: can be reserved with a complimentary seat for a carer (please specify your requirements and supply contact details when booking)

Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel, writes These days musician performers and composers tend to be some of the most frequent flyers on the planet, and composers of the past too have travelled to what may have seemed like greener pastures - especially in times of political strife or personal difficulties. Sometimes, as in the case of Antonin Dvořák, it was a mixed success, but for Rachmaninov, who with his family fled from Russia via Scandinavia in 1917 on an open sledge in the middle of winter, it was a great move. Both of these great composers, who I have chosen as two of the the three central figures in our 2018 Festival, travelled to the United States of America - a country that’s almost a continent, a country that defies generalisation, with a music loving audience and generous patrons, as well as wealthy academic institutions that perhaps seemed, to Dvořák and Rachmaninov particularly, to promise streets paved with gold. The other major composer we are celebrating is the brilliant Thea Musgrave, who is 90 years old this year and one of our Festival’s esteemed patrons. Thea went to live in America in 1972, but is both American and British and has often travelled back and forward across the Atlantic and between homes in LA and New York City. Thea originally moved for love; her husband the conductor and viola player Peter Mark is American, but she found great success both in Academe and with her writing there.

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NB Note: For all these events, artists, repertoire, times and venues may be subject to change

Nicholas Daniel, Artistic Director

I have programmed some other composers around these major figures, and not specifically pieces written in America. IIt’s interesting to see that there is sometimes a feeling of yearning for something more, even before they went and, in Dvořák’s case, real relief on his return home. After our superbly lyrical all-Czech festival a few years ago I was determined to programme more Dvořák! I’ve heard it said about American audiences that you have to lose them rather than win them, that they come with a natural curiosity and will tend to be quite forgiving, determined to have a good night out. This is a generalisation, as I’m sure it’s not quite true of New York, but I think that you also come to the exquisite New Walk Museum with open minds and hearts and we the players feel that warmth and thank you for it. There are a few new faces this year and a slightly larger team. I’m delighted to bring such a fantastic group of great musicians to Leicester and we are all looking forward to sharing a voyage of discovery with you. P.S. Alfred Brendel recently described Rachmaninov’s music as being ‘music for teenagers’. If that’s the case, then get me in a time machine back to the 70s because I’m ready! Who’s with me?

Marina Chiche violin

Giovanni Guzzo violin

Richard O’Neil viola

20th - Saturday 22nd September 2018

Ani Aznavoorian cello

Leonard Elschenbroich cello

Katya Apekisheva piano

Nino Gvetadze piano

Nicholas Daniel oboe

Chi-chi Nwanoku double bass

Lydia Kavina theramin

Event 1

Event 3

Event 5

Thursday 20th September 1pm

Friday 21st September 1pm

Saturday 22nd September 12pm - 1pm

Lunchtime Concert

Lunchtime Concert

Family Fun Event

Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor 12’ Thea Musgrave: Night Windows for oboe and piano 15’ Dvořák: String Quartet No.12 Op.96 ‘American’ 25’

Thea Musgrave: Cantilena for Oboe Quartet 11’ Rachmaninov: 3 of 6 pieces for piano 4 hands Op.11 Glory, Scherzo, Russian Song 13’ Dvořák: Piano Trio No.4 in E minor ‘Dumky’ Op.90 32’

Come and listen to music all around the New Walk Museum, ending in an interactive event in the Victorian Gallery. Meet our fabulous Festival Musicians.

Tickets: £12 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

Featuring oboe, cello, piano and the Haffner Wind Ensemble.

Thursday 20th September 7.30pm

Event 4

FREE Event

6.45 pm - 7.15 pm Pre-Concert Talk FREE

Friday 21st September 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE Event 2

6.45 pm - 7.15 pm Pre-Concert Talk FREE

Evening Concert

A New World Composers who moved to America ~ from Dvořák and Rachmaninov to Thea Musgrave.

Haffner Wind Ensemble

Bartók: Rhapsody No. 2 for violin and piano BB96 10.30’ Thea Musgrave: Niobe for oboe and tape 7’ Rachmaninov: Vocalise for viola and piano 6’ Martinu: Theremin Fantasy for oboe, string quartet, piano and theremin. 15’ INTERVAL Dvořák: Quintet for string quartet and bass Op.77


Tickets: £22 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE Concert sponsored by Rowleys

Evening Concert A Musgrave Medley of Miniatures: Dawn for solo oboe 3’ In the Still of the Night for solo viola 3’ The Egrets have landed for violin and piano 2’ D.E.S. for solo cello 3’ Bist du bei mir for solo piano 2‘ Lera Auerbach: Suite for cello and piano from Op.47 22’ Rachmaninov: Moment Musical in D flat Op.16 4’ Rachmaninov: Prelude in G sharp minor No.12 Op.32 3’ Prokofiev: Number 6 of 10 pieces from Romeo and Juliet 4’

Event 6

Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm

Festival Finale Thea Musgrave: Snapshots for solo piano 10’ Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata Op.19 35’ INTERVAL Prokofiev arr Auerbach: Sonata Op. 94 for oboe, cello and piano 23’ Dvořák: Wind Serenade Op. 44 25’

Tickets: £22 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

INTERVAL Rachmaninov arr Kreisler: Preghiera for violin and piano 5’ Dvořák: Piano Quintet Op. 81 45’

Post concert reception for Friends and Sponsors.

Tickets: £22 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

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Book online (24hr) or by phone (11am-4pm) 0116 225 4920


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The Venue New Walk Museum & Art Gallery


The New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is situated along New Walk, a leafy footpath leading from Leicester city centre to Victoria Park. Laid out in the early 18th Century as a pedestrian alleyway, New Walk is unique in English urban planning. The Museum was originally built as a school but later in 1849 converted to a museum. Nicholas Pevsner described the entrance as a ‘dignified, somewhat heavy fourcolumn portico of giant Tuscan columns’.

The Festival’s Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel, is one of the most sought-after virtuoso oboists in the world. He received the UK’s highest award for music, the Queens Medal for Music, in January 2012. BBC Music Magazine has repeatedly hailed the Festival as

“one of the 20 ‘unmissable’ events in September”. The 2018 festival has only been possible due to kind support from a large number of donors, including through our crowdfunding campaign. We would like to thank all our supporters, who have given generously: some have even sponsored concerts and pieces of music. There is still scope to be involved in this exciting way. Please contact Malcolm Noble for details at

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The Victorian Art Gallery’s excellent acoustic and wonderful Steinway Grand Piano has, over many years, hosted some of the UK’s finest classical chamber musicians. An annual season of Lunchtime Concerts has just completed 74 years and the more recent Leicester International Music Festival is now in its 29th year. The Festival attracts musicians from Europe and beyond and is now one of the UK’s leading festivals of classical chamber music.



The centrepiece of the Museum’s possessions is a significant collection of Victorian Art housed in the splendid newly refurbished main gallery. New Walk Museum also has an important collection of German Expressionist paintings and a unique display of Picasso ceramics gifted to the Museum by the late Lord Attenborough.






Festival Board Members:

Principal Sponsors Leicester City Council

Keith Stubbs, Chair, David Campbell-Kelly, Treasurer Michelle Goodchild Dr Lutz Luithlen Chris Marshall Malcolm Noble Tim Riggs, Friends' Co-ordinator Kevin Rush Beth Williams Gillian Willingale Peter Baker (Honorary Trustee)

Personal Sponsors Louise Smith, Neil Roberts, Friends of the Leicester International Music Festival

Patrons: Sir James MacMillan CBE, Thea Musgrave CBE, Paul McCreesh, Lars Tharp

Supporting Trusts and Foundations CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust The Alan and Jean Gayton Charitable Trust T.S. Shipman Trust, Friends of Leicester and Leicestershire Museums Corporate Sponsors Clements Limited, Rowleys Sponsors-in-kind The Belmont Hotel and, not least, all the staff at the New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Leicester International Music Festival

Lunchtime Concerts at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

The 75th Season of Lunchtime Concerts in the magnificent Victorian Art Gallery at New Walk Museum will be announced very soon.

Leicester International Music Festival Summer Fundraising Concert at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Saturday 23rd June 7.30pm

Yevgeny Sudbin


‘potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century’ Daily Telegraph

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Tickets (unreserved) £25 Book in person or by phone (11am-4pm) at

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery Shop call: 0116 225 4920 or book online (24hour) at

Bardi Symphony Orchestra Conductor Claus Efland

Sunday 7th October 2018 3.00pm

Haymarket Theatre Leicester Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture ‘Fingal’s Cave’ Mozart Sinfonia Concertante K.297b The Bardi Wind Soloists Brahms Symphony No.1 Haymarket Theatre Booking Office: 0116 296 1236

Saturday 10th November 2018 7.30pm

De Montfort Hall Leicester

Britten War Requiem Leicester Philharmonic Choir, Leicester Bach Choir & Leicestershire Chorale Soloists; Ilona Domnich, Mark Milhofer and Malachy Frame

DMH Box Office: 0116 233 3111

Leicester International Music Festival

Lunchtime Concerts at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

The 76th Season of Lunchtime Concerts in the magnificent Victorian Art Gallery at New Walk Museum will be announced very soon.

Save the date 2018


Thursday, 11th October Thursday, 25th October Thursday, 8th November Thursday, 22nd November Thursday, 6th December Thursday, 20th December

Thursday, 10th January Thursday, 24th January Thursday, 7th February Thursday, 21st February Thursday, 7th March Thursday, 21st March

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