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									Leamington Music
Richard Phillips Leamington Music Northgate Warwick CV34 4JL 01926 497000
email richard@leamingtonmusic.org

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Tuesday 3 November 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Warwick
The Cardinall’s Musick Andrew Carwood director
The Path to Byrd – Byrd Mass for 4 voices with works by White, Parsons and Tallis

Tuesday 10 November at 7.30pm The Kingsley School Hall Leamington Spa
Morgan Szymanski guitar and O Duo percussion
Bongo Fury followed by music by Ponce, Machado, Bach, Chopin, Mangor, Piazzolla, Miki
and Bellinati

Friday 13 November 7.30pm Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa
Elias String Quartet
Haydn Quartet in G Op 76 No 1, Ravel Quartet in F, Schubert Quartet in G D887

Tuesday 17 November 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Warwick
The Choirs of St Mary’s Church
Thomas Corns director, Ruaraidh Sutherland organ, Stephanie Oade cello
Bach & Mendelssohn Concert
Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring BWW471, Cello Suite No 2 in D minor BWV1008, Motet O
Jesus Christ, meins Lebens Licht BWV118, Passacaglia in C minor BWV582, Mendelssohn
Verleih uns Frieden, Song without words, Organ Sonata in D minor Op 65 No 6 and Hear my

Tuesday 1 December 7.30pm St Mary’s Church Warwick
Gabriel’s Message – English medieval music for Advent

Friday 4 December 7.30pm Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa
Fitzwilliam String Quartet
Glazunov Noveletten Op 15, Donizetti Quartet No 7 in F minor, Shostakovich Quartet No 1
Haydn Quartet in D Op 76 No 5

Wednesday 16 December 7.30pm Holy Trinity Church Leamington Spa
Ex Cathedra directed by Jeffrey Skidmore
Christmas Concert by candlelight

For tickets call 01926 776438 or book online on www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk
Tickets for all events are also available on the door

Of the four Leamington Music concerts coming up in the next three weeks, two are in
The Cardinall’s Musick directed by Andrew Carwood are coming to St Mary’s Church
Warwick next Tuesday 3 November to give their programme The Path to Byrd. It will be a
glorious evening of Tudor vocal music with William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices the
highlight. Other works by White, Parsons and Tallis, Byrd’s teacher, will make for a real
feast. The Cardinall’s Musick have recorded eleven CD’s of Byrd’s music, winning a
Gramophone Award in 2007. The group opened the Chamber Music Proms in London this

Leamington Music is doing its bit in this great year for anniversaries and on 17 November it
is the turn of Felix Mendelssohn to benefit. A programme with a second half of Mendelssohn
has been devised, with J S Bach providing the first half, as a tribute to Mendelssohn’s
championing of one of the greatest. The Choirs of St Mary’s Church Warwick are directed
by Thomas Corns, the Director of Music there and Ruaraidh Sutherland contributes on the
organ and piano. The concert also marks the local debut of the young cellist Stephanie
Oade, who will play Bach’s Cello Suite No 2 and later a Mendelssohn Song without Words,
with Ruaraidh on the piano.

…and two are in Leamington
 The charismatic Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski returns to the area in company with
percussionists Owen Gunnell and Oliver Cox who make up O Duo, when they give the
annual concert at the Kingsley School in Leamington on Tuesday 10 November. Morgan
has appeared in festivals in Leamington, Stratford and Warwick, receiving each time a
tremendous reception from the audience. The programme will range from Bongo Fury to
more restful works by Bach and Chopin. The duo is terrific on the marimbas and The Daily
Telegraph has described their “footwork being as spry as Fred Astaire’s.” There are school
workshops in Kingsley School and then King’s High School in Warwick on 10 and 11
November as part of the visit.

The Elias Quartet has recently had a triumphant tour in Australia and while they were away
their recording of Mendelssohn Opus 80 was hailed as the best on Building a Library on
Radio 3’s CD Review. With their appointment as BBC New Generation Artists, their profile is
going to be much higher than hitherto, although our audiences will have heard them several
times already as part of regular visitors, Ensemble 360. For their concert at the Royal Pump
Rooms Leamington on Friday 13 November, the Elias will play Haydn Opus 76 No 1, Ravel
and Schubert Quartet in G D887. The sisters who play first violin and cello, Sara and Marie
Bitlloch are French and so their Ravel should be particularly interesting.

November is always a busy month everywhere and there are some events that cannot be

On the operatic front in the diary are The Excursions of Mr Broucek in Nottingham (5
November), Bluebeard’s Castle at the London Coliseum (14 November), Wozzeck in
Birmingham (19 November) and Jenufa in Milton Keynes (26 November).

Birmingham beckons for lunchtime concerts on 6 November when Martin Kasik plays at the
Barber Institute and 10 November when Meta4, the brilliant young Finnish quartet plays at
the Town Hall. Martin Kasik, who made such a big impression in the Czech Music Festival
Weekend in 2008 returns for two concerts in Leamington next May and the quartet should
probably be in our winter season in two years time.

And then there are the two performances of The Dream of Gerontius (28 & 29 November)
by Ex Cathedra in Birmingham Town Hall, where the premiere took place in 1900. It’s a
busy Christmas for Ex Cathedra too with six more concerts in Birmingham, plus visits to
Shrewsbury, Leamington and St John’s Smith Square, London.

The Coull Quartet teams up with one of our regular visitors, pianist Martin Roscoe, at
Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday 8 November at 3pm, the same timing as the Music in the
Round series that we put on in the New Year. Haydn’s Opus 20 No 2 and Schubert’s Death
and the Maiden are followed by Dvorak’s Piano Quintet in A Opus 81.

The Coull comes with the University of Warwick Chamber Choir directed by Paul
McGrath to Holy Trinity Church Leamington on Friday 27 November in a programme that
will include Howard Skempton’s Expectancy. The Choir will also sing some Monteverdi and
Peroglesi and the Coull will play Shostakovich’s Quartet No 4.

 Following the two piano recitals at the Bridge House Theatre in September, Leamington
Music’s fourth winter season continued its good start with the return of Dame Emma Kirkby,
this time with the London Handel Players. She was in excellent voice in her Handel and
Haydn items and the evening finished with an exhilarating Saloman arrangement of Haydn’s
London Symphony. The Atrium Quartet opened the International String Quartet Series at
the Royal Pump Rooms on 9 October and, as two years before, they bowled the audience
over with their Shostakovich. Again, as two years ago, they were immediately invited back
and the opening concert in October 2011 is already pencilled in.

 Booking for the two Leamington Music Christmas Concerts is going very well, not just
because the ticket price includes the interval mulled wine and mince pies. On Tuesday 1
December, Mediva, now based in Basel, returns to St Mary’s Warwick with Gabriel’s
Message, a programme of English medieval music for Advent. The instrumental line-up
includes shawm, recorder, hurdy gurdy, fiddle, bagpipes, organetto and percussion and the
singer is Ulrike Hofbauer, a member of savadi, the group that won the York Early Music
Festival Competition and then appeared in Warwick in the Early Music Network Showcase in
2004 and after that in the Stratford on Avon Music Festival.

Ex Cathedra, the leading Midlands choir performs its legendary Christmas Concert by
candle-light in Holy Trinity Church in Leamington on Wednesday 16 December. Celebrating
forty years, old favourites will be re-visited and some surprises landed.

There is always an enormous choice of seasonal concerts in December, but we single out
Saturday 5 December in All Saints Harbury, a church which Leamington Music has found to
be excellent for the Concerts in Warwickshire Churches series in the summer. The Harbury
Folk Club Choir will present “A Feast of Seasonal Songs and Carols to suit all ages”. The
seventeen strong choir will sing traditional, West Gallery, modern and original carols and
tickets (£7, £5 concessions to include mince pies and refreshments) can be booked through
Janny Freeman on 01926 612002.
Another marvellous building that we recommend is Church of St James at Great
Packington. The Musical & Amicable Society is there again. The originally announced
Messiah for Sunday 13 December has had to be postponed. In stead there will be a
programme of Bach, Courette, Sammartini, Muffat, Leclair and Telemann. Mulled wine and
mince pies will be available as planned! See www.amicables.co.uk.

 Leamington Music has its AGM on 10 November and two members of the committee are
standing down. We are very grateful to John Bishop and Harford Robb for their contributions
to Leamington Music in its first three years.

We would welcome at least two new members and particularly anyone who could help us
develop the Education Programme that we want to expand. Please do call the Chairman,
Iain Smith on 01926 428810 if you would like to discuss joining up.

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