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Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020 String Quartets in Leamington Early Music in Warwick Leamington Music Prize Winners Christmas, Family and other Chamber Concerts

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The 2019/20 Leamington Music Winter Season – the fourteenth - offers twenty one concerts in ten different venues in Leamington and Warwick. The monthly Investec International String Quartet season in Leamington’s Royal Pump Rooms has both young and established quartets from Korea, the Czech Republic and France plus two playing period instruments that are British-based. The heart of the repertoire is in Vienna and Prague, but there are discoveries to be made meeting Krommer, Kalivoda, Onslow, and with a UK première by Karel Janovický, the 90 year old Czech composer living in London. The Early Music at St Mary’s Warwick season concentrates on vocal music, ranging from Hildegard of Bingen and Machaut to Monteverdi and Dowland, the latter bringing Dame Emma Kirkby back to one of her favourite venues. The Gonzaga Band playing in Warwick for the first time will transport the audience to Venice providing an instrumental alternative.


The talented winners of the 2019 Leamington Music Prize can be heard in the Royal Spa Centre Studio on 18 October and Christ Church on 6 November. Following last year’s memorable evening in the Leamington Art Gallery, a Spanish evening with a guitarist of Russian descent born in Australia should be a big draw on 21 November. The Christmas Concert at St Mark’s in Leamington has become one of Leamington Music’s most popular events and the Carice Singers make a welcome return for this on 18 December. The annual Ensemble 360 Sunday double header is on 15 March, when there is a second chance to catch Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom in the morning (ideal for 3−7 year olds) and the genius of Mozart will delight the afternoon audience. Two of Warwick’s historic venues come into play in the Autumn. In the Unitarian Chapel, following visits to schools for workshops, the Palisander Recorder Quartet returns to give a Saturday morning Family Concert on 23 November and the Mellstock Band makes its annual visit to the Lord Leycester Hospital on 3 December. The much-praised, recently opened, Warwick Hall will host the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year winner on 12 February; Lauren Zhang was just sixteen when she won – a role model for the aspiring young musicians that Leamington Music encourages with the Education Programme.

Richard Phillips MBE Festival Director

Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington CV32 4AA

ESMÉ STRING QUARTET Friday 4 October at 7.30pm Wonhee Bae and Yuna Ha violins Jiwon Kim viola, Ye-eun Heo cello

Haydn Quartet in G Op 33 No 5 • Beethoven Quartet in F Op 18 No 1 Schumann Quartet in F Op 41 No 2 This is the first British tour for the winners from Korea of the 2018 London International String Quartet Competition held triennially in April in the Wigmore Hall. Leamington Music has put on four of the last five winners, the Van Kuijk, Arcadia, Danish and Atrium Quartets, so we know this season will be launched in style. The first winners of the Competition, launched by Yehudi Menuhin in Portsmouth, were the Takács Quartet in 1979.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block £15 unreserved sides

St Mary’s Church, Warwick CV34 4RA

THE GESUALDO SIX Tuesday 8 October at 7.30pm Guy James and Alex Chance countertenors Joseph Wicks and Josh Cooter tenor Michael Craddock baritone Samuel Mitchell bass

Music of the Heavenly Spheres A welcome return to Warwick for this vocal consort comprised of some of the UK’s finest young consort singers, bringing a programme exploring cross-currents in sacred renaissance polyphony. Hildegard of Bingen, Byrd, Gesualdo, Gombert, de Lassus, Melgas, Ockeghem, Palestrina, des Prez, and de Vitry, plus other vocal works by Bennett, Owain Park, and Tim Watts. “Weavers of rich and plangent aural tapestries, The Gesualdo Six meld style and substance with beguiling sure-footedness.” – BBC Music Magazine

Tickets: £22 and £18 reserved central nave £15 unreserved rear nave, £13 unreserved sides

Royal Spa Centre Studio, Leamington CV32 4HN 2019 Leamington Music Prize Winner’s concert


Friday 18 October at 7.00pm Jacob Smith and Matthew Tarrant trumpets Tom Hayes horn Dan Price trombone Mark Dilley tuba Music from seventeenth-century Venice to the Jazz Age, with some Bach, Gershwin and Sousa. Enjoy Packing up your Troubles and Putting on the Ritz! Gabrieli Canzona Per Sonare No 4 Simon Lesley Timeout Ewald Brass Quintet in D flat Carmichael Georgia on My Mind KC Bird Pack up Your Troubles The Quintessential Gershwin

JS Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV659 Liszt Consolations Walton Popular Song from ‘Façade’ Andrew Downes Suite for Brass Quintet Sousa Liberty Bell March Berlin Puttin’ On the Ritz

Tickets: £15 unreserved Concert generously supported by The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa

Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington CV32 4AA

LONDON HAYDN QUARTET with Eric Hoeprich clarinet Friday 1 November at 7.30pm Catherine Manson and Michael Gurevich violins John Crockatt viola, Jonathan Manson cello

Krommer Quintet in B flat Op 95 • Haydn Quartet in D Op 71 No 2 Weber Quintet in B flat Op 34 For its fifth concert in Leamington, the London Haydn Quartet comes with one of the world’s leading exponents of the historical clarinet - and owner of a collection of more than one hundred clarinets - the American-born Eric Hoeprich. Together they play two quintets written some thirty years after Mozart’s popular masterpiece, which is programmed for 15 March. Weber wrote for Heinrich Baermann, as Mozart did for Anton Stadler and Krommer was a prolific and brilliant writer for wind too. “Too many pleasures to enumerate. Try for yourself.” – The Guardian

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block £15 unreserved sides

Christ Church, Priory Terrace, Leamington CV31 1BA 2019 Leamington Music Prize Winner’s concert



ROMAN KOSYAKOV piano Wednesday 6 November at 7.30pm Bridge Four Short Pieces • Beethoven Cello Sonata in F Op 5 No 1 James MacMillan Kiss on Wood • Rachmaninov Cello Sonata in G minor Op 19 The second of the 2019 Leamington Prize Winner’s concerts features Sheffield-born cellist Tom Pickles and Siberian pianist Roman Kosyakov. Tom is supported by Help Musicians UK, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Craxton Memorial Award, while Roman is the winner of multiple international competitions, including the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition and the Manhattan International Music Competition, and will soon be recording for the Naxos label.

Tickets: £15 unreserved Includes interval drink

The Leamington Music Prize concerts are generously sponsored by

St Mary’s Church, Warwick CV34 4RA

MUSICA SECRETA Tuesday 12 November at 7.30pm directed by Deborah Roberts and Laurie Stras with Alison Kinder bass viol and girl choristers from the Choir of St Mary’s, Warwick

From Darkness into Light Direct from the Brighton Early Music Festival, the UK’s premier female-voice early music ensemble comes to Warwick presenting the complete setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for Good Friday by Antoine Brumel with works by Compère, Moro, Mouton, des Prez, and beautiful Gregorian chant, offering an unique insight into the musical life of a sixteenthcentury Italian convent. “...sensitively imagined and vividly realized interpretations.” – International Record Review

Tickets: £22 and £18 reserved central nave £15 unreserved rear nave, £13 unreserved sides

Leamington Museum & Art Gallery, Royal Pump Rooms CV32 4AA

ANDREY LEBEDEV guitar Thursday 21 November at 7.00pm Regondi Reverie Nocturne Albeniz Asturias and Granada Llobet Two Catalan Folk Songs Brett Dean Three Caprichos after Goya de Falla The Miller’s Dance and Homenaje a Claude Debussy

Villa-Lobos Three Preludes JS Bach Chaconne BWV1004 Ginastera Sonata for Guitar

Born in Adelaide to a Russian family, and winner of top international competitions including both the ARD Competition in Germany and the Guitar Foundation of America Competition in 2017, Andrey comes to Leamington for the first time, bringing an evening of Spanish musical flavours amongst works of art from Spain, served with Paella and Cava included in the ticket.

Tickets: £22.50 unreserved

Unitarian Chapel, High Street, Warwick CV34 4AX

PALISANDER RECORDER QUARTET Saturday 23 November at 11.30am Caoimhe de Paor, Lydia Gosnell, Elspeth Robertson and Miriam Monaghan recorders

Family Concert - Beware the Spider! A big hit in local schools and in their St Mary’s concert in 2017, the Palisander Recorder Quartet returns to the area with a musical illustration of the side effects experienced by those encountering a spider in the Seventeenth Century, featuring works by Dowland, Vivaldi, and Byrd along with traditional Italian Tarantellas. With coffee, sherry or squash included in the ticket, this is a concert for children of all ages!

Tickets: £12.50 adults, £6 children £32 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) unreserved

Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington CV32 4AA

TALICH STRING QUARTET Friday 29 November at 7.30pm Jan Talich and Roman Patočka violins Radim Sedmidubský viola, Petr Prause cello

Kalivoda Quartet No 2 in A Op 62 • Dvořák Quartet in C Op 61 Beethoven Quartet in E minor Op 59 No 2 ‘Razumovsky’ The Talich Quartet last played in the series in March 2008 and comes with two new members. The Quartet, founded in 1964 by the present leader’s father, the nephew of the great Czech conductor Václav Talich, has been recognized as one of the country’s leading quartets. Jan Václav Kalivoda was born in Prague in 1801 and was an outstanding violinist, so expect virtuoso writing in this quartet, written in the mid 1830s, when his work was much admired by Schumann. Dvořák at his most lyrical completes the first half of the concert.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block £15 unreserved sides

Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick CV34 4BH

THE MELLSTOCK BAND Tuesday 3 December at 7.30pm Dave Townsend concertina, violin and voice Caroline Butler violin and voice Tim Hill clarinets and voice Phil Humphries serpent and voice

Christmas Frolics Christmas can only begin when The Mellstock Band arrives in Warwick! Traditional English Christmas music performed on concertina, clarinet, fiddle, serpent and in The Mellstock Band's distinctive singing style.

Tickets: £21 unreserved Includes mulled wine and mince pies

St Mary’s Church, Warwick CV34 4RA

STILE ANTICO Tuesday 10 December at 7.30pm

A Spanish Nativity Regular visitors to Warwick since 2007 Stile Antico returns to the town, having made their debut Seville performance earlier this year, with the sensuous musical world of Renaissance Spain at Christmas. Drawing together an irresistible mix of sumptuous polyphony and infectiously joyful folk dances, the programme is centred around Alonso Lobo’s Missa Beata Dei Genetrix, with other music by Guerrero, Victoria, Morales and Rimonte. “An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance.” – The New York Times

Tickets: £24 and £19 reserved central nave £15 unreserved rear nave, £13 unreserved sides Includes mulled wine and mince pies

St Mark’s Church, Rugby Road, Leamington CV32 6DL

CHRISTMAS with THE CARICE SINGERS directed by George Parris

Wednesday 18 December at 7.30pm This acclaimed vocal ensemble returns to St Mark’s with favourite carols such as Ding Dong! Merrily on High and Away in a Manger and seasonal works by Byrd, Sibelius, Warlock, Bax, Roderick Williams, Judith Weir and many others. "Few can match The Carice Singers for musicality and beauty of tone" – Gramophone

Tickets: £22 reserved, £16 unreserved, £10 side aisle - restricted view

Includes mulled wine and mince pies Concert generously sponsored by Leigh Christou

Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington CV32 4AA

VAN KUIJK STRING QUARTET Friday 24 January at 7.30pm Nicolas Van Kuijk and Sylvain Favre-Bulle violins Emmanuel François viola François Robin cello

Mozart Quartet in F K138 • Brahms Quartet in A minor Op 51 No 2 Beethoven Quartet in C Op 59 No 3 ‘Razumovsky’ The Winners of the London International String Quartet Competition in April 2015, the Van Kuijk Quartet became BBC New Generation Artists and performed for Leamington Music the following November with a totally French programme. For its return visit the Quartet focuses on Vienna, where the three composers in the programme moved to. Further prizes including Trondheim have followed as the Quartet’s flourishing career has taken them all over the world.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block £15 unreserved sides Concert generously supported by Margaret Goode

St Mary’s Church, Warwick CV34 4RA

THE GONZAGA BAND Tuesday 28 January at 7.30pm Faye Newton soprano Jamie Savan and Helen Roberts cornetts Oliver Webber and Theresa Caudle violins Steven Devine organ and harpsichord

Venice 1629 1629 was a remarkable year for new music in Venice. Schütz came to the city to learn of latest Italian style of composition from Monteverdi and his contemporaries, while Castello, Grandi and Marini contributed to this pivotal moment in the development of the early Baroque style. Acclaimed period ensemble The Gonzaga Band, directed by Jamie Savan, explores this extraordinary year in the life of these composers and many more in this most musical of cities. “Top of the range in every respect.” – Early Music Review

Tickets: £22 and £18 reserved central nave £15 unreserved rear nave, £13 unreserved sides Concert generously supported by John and Jean Morgan

Warwick Hall, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP

LAUREN ZHANG piano Wednesday 12 February at 7.00pm Beethoven Sonata in A Op 101 • Rachmaninov Sonata in B flat minor Op 36 Chopin Polonaise in A flat Op 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie' Beethoven Sonata in A flat Op 110 • Ravel La Valse Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition aged just 16, Lauren studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Her performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto with the CBSO conducted by Mark Wigglesworth was broadcast live on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3 to widespread critical acclaim. She went on to make her BBC Proms debut and is now in great demand as soloist throughout the UK and further afield.

Tickets: £15 unreserved

Concert generously supported by David and Gina Wilson

St Mary’s Church, Warwick CV34 4RA



DOWLAND WORKS Tuesday 18 February at 7.30pm Emma Kirkby & Gwendolen Martin sopranos Clemmie Franks alto Michael Solomon Williams tenor Gareth Thomas bass Sam Brown and Toby Carr lutes Peter McCarthy viola da gamba

Dowland among Friends

The music of John Dowland forms the core of this intimate programme, which brings together young performers and seasoned specialists in an exploration of the rich heritage of lute songs left to us by Dowland and some of his contemporaries such as John Danyel, John Coprario, and Angelo Notari. The concert forms part of Dame Emma’s 70th Birthday Tour.

Tickets: £22 and £18 reserved central nave £15 unreserved rear nave, £13 unreserved sides Concert generously supported by John and Jean Morgan

Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington CV32 4AA

CONSONE STRING QUARTET Friday 28 February at 7.30pm Agata Daraskaite and Magdalena Loth-Hill violins Elitsa Bogdanova viola, George Ross cello

Haydn Quartet in D minor Op 9 No 4 • Onslow Quartet in C minor Op 8 No 1 Beethoven Quartet in C sharp minor Op 131 The Consone Quartet joined the BBC New Generation Artists in spring 2019. Formed at the Royal College of Music where the Quartet won the Century Fund Prize in 2013, two years later it won two prizes in the York Early Music Festival Competition. The Quartet brings period instrument interpretation in Classical and Early Romantic repertoire and of particular interest in this concert will be the work written in 1812 by George Onslow, son of an English father and French mother. He wrote three dozen quartets in all and this Quartet will delight our audience.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block £15 unreserved sides

Royal Spa Centre Main Hall, Leamington CV32 4HN

Sunday 15 March

ENSEMBLE 360 Family Concert at 11.30am

with POLLY IVES narrator

When King Colin sets his sights on finding the famous Golden Sausage, there’s only ONE person for the job: Sir Scallywag! But will the six-year-old knight be mighty enough to defeat the filthy trolls and win the Stinkiest Battle Ever? Based on the brilliant children’s story by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul, with specially composed music by Paul Rissmann, this fun, informal and interactive concert is an ideal way to introduce children aged 3–7 years to live classical music.

Tickets: £12 adults, £6 children, £32 family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)

Amadeus 5 x 3 at 3.00pm 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 the genius of Mozart at his most delightful. "Eleven international musicians, brimming with body and soul with passion, vitality and virtuosity, whose performances never cease to amaze." - The Independent

Tickets: £20 raised central block £15 at sides Concert generously supported by Murray Campbell, John Hobley, Jonathan Holden, Rose Ledlie, Roger Massie, and Margaret Pringle.

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

Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington CV32 4AA

PRAŽÁK STRING QUARTET Friday 20 March at 7.30pm Jana Vonášková and Vlastimil Holek violins Josef Kluson viola, Michal Kanka 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.

Tickets: £25 and £20 reserved central block £15 unreserved sides

St Mary’s Church, Warwick CV34 4RA

THE ORLANDO CONSORT Tuesday 24 March at 7.30pm 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

Tickets: £22 and £18 reserved central nave £15 unreserved rear nave, £13 unreserved sides

Education Programme The Leamington Music Education Programme offers schools throughout the county the possibility of musicians appearing in the Winter Season visiting them to give workshops or special concerts. Leamington Music works in partnership with Warwickshire Music and with further funds made available through trusts and donations, particularly from the Friends of Leamington Music, is able to provide highly subsidised sessions for the schools. During the 2019/20 Winter Season, the following musicians are available for sessions in the Education Programme − Curzon Brass, Talich String Quartet, Andrey Lebedev guitar, The Gonzaga Band, Palisander Recorder Quartet, Consone String Quartet, and Ensemble 360. Leamington Music is always looking for new schools to visit and we are keen to hear from teachers, governors, parents and carers if you'd like your school to be involved - please make contact with the Leamington Music office by calling 01926 497000 or by emailing

Join the Friends! The Friends of Leamington Music play an invaluable role in helping to sustain the leading music promoter in the area. If you are not already a Friend, please think about joining up to enjoy a very sociable group of music lovers. Your support helps to pay for the annual Leamington Music Prize and the Leamington Music Education Programme. The Friends of Leamington Music benefit by being the first to receive publicity about future events, have priority booking for the Leamington Music Festival Weekend and the Winter Season and through the year, there are a number of special events unique to the Friends. There are also many ways in which Friends can be involved in voluntary capacities. The Friends year runs from 1 April to 31 March and the annual subscription is £25 for a single person, £40 for a couple. Visit to download an application form or call the Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 for further details.

Thanks Leamington Music is very grateful to all those individuals and organisations that make the promotion of the Winter Season, Leamington Music Festival and Education Programme possible through their financial support. Those involved in supporting concerts in 2019 and 2020 include: Sponsors: Bonhams, Investec, Leigh Christou and Presto Classical. Trusts: Alan Woodfield Trust, Delius Trust, Low-Beer Trust, and St Mary’s Hall Trust. For the 2019 Leamington Music Festival: Schubert Institute UK and Maestro Tours Individual donations: Hugh Beale, Michael & Halldora Blair, Dame Fiona Caldicott, Murray & Ann Campbell, Soonoo Choksey, Peter Glanfield, Margaret Goode, Jolyon Hall, John Hobley, Helen Hoggarth, Jonathan Holden, Geoffrey Holroyde, Diane Holt, Rose Ledlie, Jennifer Lorch, Roger Massie, Maurice & Sheila Millward, John & Jean Morgan, Margaret Pringle, Howard Skempton, Paul & Jane Watts, Sally Westmacott, David & Gina Wilson, and Julia Winter. The Arts Society Royal Leamington Spa is a Corporate Patron and the Friends of Leamington Music contribute towards the Education Programme and the Leamington Music Prize. Grants come from Leamington Town Council, Warwick District Council, Warwick Town Council. Warwickshire Music contributes to the Education Programme; the Music in the Round, Musica Secreta and Palisander Recorder Quartet concerts are supported by Arts Council England.

2020 Leamington Music Festival 1 − 5 May

• Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

After a spectacular 30th Festival in 2019, artists invited to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in the 2020 Festival include: Tasmin Little, Andrey Gugnin, Ensemble 360, James Gilchrist, Kinsky Piano Trio, and Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch. Plus an unmissable Festival Extra - Roderick Williams on Sunday 17 May. Booking will open in January - make sure you are on our mailing list to receive full details as soon as they are released! Mailing lists - email and snail mail Keep in touch with Leamington Music by joining our emailing list, which sends out regular newsletters or ask to be put on the mailing list which posts our leaflets. Call 01926 497000, email or sign up via our website.

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Leamington Music Winter Season 2019/20  

Leamington Music Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020 String Quartets in Leamington Early Music in Warwick Leamington Music Prize Winners Christmas Co...

Leamington Music Winter Season 2019/20  

Leamington Music Autumn 2019 to Spring 2020 String Quartets in Leamington Early Music in Warwick Leamington Music Prize Winners Christmas Co...