Leamington Music Festival Weekend: your guide to what’s on where

Fitzwilliam Quartet. Picture by Benjamin Harte
Fitzwilliam Quartet. Picture by Benjamin Harte

The Leamington Music Festival Weekend starts today - and here’s a brief guide to what treats lie in store...

This year’s Leamington Music Festival begins today (Friday) with a concert at the Pump Room by the Fitzwilliam Quartet.

Joined by Anna Tilbrook, they will play Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

The festival ends on Tuesday with the Henschel Quartet from Munich. The quartet is joined by Michael Collins to play the Brahms Clarinet Quintet. The concert starts at 7pm. On Sunday, Michael is reunited for a recital with Peter Donohoe at 7.30pm.

Tickets range from £12.50 to £20. All concerts are held at the Pump Room. Call 01926 334418 or visit www.leamingtonmusic.org for details.

It is now nearly 25 years since festival organiser Richard Phillips first met Raphael Wallfisch in an inspirational duo with his father Peter. Raphael has played ten concerts in Richard’s festivals and series and he comes to Leamington with his recently formed Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch for two concerts, where they will play all three Brahms piano trios, plus Schubert’s Trio D898. Schubert’s other Piano Trio D929 will be played by members of Ensemble 360. The concert is in the Pump Room on Monday at 12.30pm. Tickets start at £10.50. And there’s fun and satire with Raphael’s son Simon Wallfisch at a family concert on Sunday, accompanied by Edward Rushton. Enjoy an hour of fun and satire, finding out more about the joys of making music from at 3pm. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £2.50 for children. Call 01926 334418.

Czech violinist Jana Novakova has been a regular visitor to the area and will be accompanied by her brother Petr Novak in a lunchtime concert of Czech music and Schubert on Sunday at the Pump Room at 12 noon. Tickets start at £10.50. Call 01926 334418 .

The vocal element of the festival is supplied by Roderick Williams who lives in the area and will be bringing his First World War programme, which includes a song by William Denis Browne, a Leamington born composer who died at Gallipoli in June 1915. A second lunchtime concert is given by another baritone, Simon Wallfisch, who will sing Schubert and a range of composers, plus premiere a work by his accompanist Edward Rushton, commissioned by fellow composer Howard Skempton who lives in Leamington. Tickets start at £10.50. Call 01926 334418.

David Saint will be giving an organ recital at All Saints’ church, opposite the Pump Room, on Monday. David is retiring as principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. He will be playing works by Reger, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Parry. Admission to the concert is free of charge. It begins at 11am. Call 01926 334418 or visit www.leamingtonmusic.org for more information.