This year the Festival is built round performances by the outstanding British baritone, Roderick Williams, who happens to live locally. He sings Die schöne Müllerin on 30 April and there are seven other works by Schubert in the Festival. The following day, he performs The Rime of the Ancient Mariner written for him in 2015 by Howard Skempton, the nationally acclaimed composer, who has lived in Leamington for nearly thirty years. He will celebrate his seventieth birthday this October and the Festival contains a new work for violin and cello and his Clarinet Quintet, premiered in Warwick in 1997.
A further celebration is provided for Raphael Wallfisch and John York, both regular visitors to this area and whose duo partnership goes back 35 years.
Michael Collins has also been coming here for that period of time and to our delight brings Dame Felicity Lott to Leamington for the first time.
As always the programme mixes familiar and well loved works with ones waiting to be discovered by our audiences; Lalo, Spohr, Saint-Saens, Maxwell Davies and Howells head the list. More details...
2017 Leamington Music Festival Weekend Friday 28 April – Tuesday 2 May
Tickets for children and students £1.00 at all concerts except the Family Concert on 30 April.
Book online at www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk, by telephone on 01926 334418 or in person at Box Office, Leamington Town Hall, Parade, Leamington CV32 4AT. Open Monday 10am-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday 10am-2pm.
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