The Leamington Music Festival Weekend
April/May 2016 - The Leamington Music Festival Weekend
The 2016 Leamington Music Festival Weekend, which runs 29th April to 3rd May, celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Martinů String Quartet and the thirtieth anniversary of the Guarneri Piano Trio, another leading Czech ensemble.
The principal venue for the Leamington Music Festival Weekend is the Assembly Hall of the Royal Pump Rooms, which dates back to 1814, and in which, during World War Two, the Czech Free Army Choir used to rehearse under Vilém Tausky. The Czech Free Army was based in Leamington and the surrounding area from 1940 to 1942 and the nearby Jephson Gardens contains the monument commemorating the Czech and Slovak soldiers parachuted into Czechoslovakia to assassinate Heydrich, the Nazi Protektor of Bohemia and Moravia.
The 2016 Festival Weekend has a programme predominantly of Czech music, with the Martinů Piano Trio joining the Martinů String Quartet and the Guarneri Piano Trio to give over half the concerts. The London Haydn Quartet, Ensemble 360, the organist Nicholas Morris, baritone Simon Wallfisch, pianist Simon Callaghan and cellist Gemma Rosefield also contribute in other concerts.
You may download the press release here (438KB PDF).