The 2015 Leamington Music Festival Weekend which runs 1–5 May is a very special one for Festival Director Richard Phillips as it is the one hundredth festival that he has created or directed. He has invited just a few of the artists that have contributed to this huge achievement to come and perform in the Royal Pump Rooms. He has programmed concerts with them that concentrate on Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, three composers that mean so much to him, but there are some contrasting surprises too. The solo musicians are headed by Michael Collins clarinet, Peter Donohoe piano, Jana Novakova violin from the Czech Republic, Anna Tilbrook piano and Roderick Williams baritone. The cellist Raphael Wallfisch returns with the recently formed piano trio, Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch and his son the baritone Simon appears here for the first time. He is accompanied in a Family Concert and a lunchtime song recital by Edward Rushton who contributes a newly commissioned work in the latter. Ensemble 360 returns for its now annual visit and there are two string quartets, the Fitzwilliam which opens the Weekend on 1 May and the Henschel from Germany that gives the final concert on 5 May. That marks another milestone, the one hundredth concert featuring a string quartet put on by Leamington Music in its nine year existence. Audiences will also be able to visit the exhibition Painting with Sound by Leamington Music Artist in Residence Jane Williams in the Conservatory next to the Assembly Hall where the concerts are held.
See the details of the twelve concerts in this year’s festival.
1–5 May 2015 at
The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
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