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4 May 2014

Czech Classical Music at the Leamington Music Festival Weekend

This year’s Leamington Music Festival Weekend presents a unique chance to enjoy many gems of Czech classical music performed by Czech and international musicians. Sunday 4 May will feature Czech Music Day presenting the Guarneri Piano Trio, Martin Kasík, Wihan String Quartet and pieces by Bohuslav Martinů interpreted by leading violinist Peter Sheppard Skaervad.

Leamington Music organisation is dedicated to ensuring that the Leamington area can continue to enjoy a high standard of international chamber music and early music and it has organised more than 300 concerts and educational events so far. The starting theme of this year festival is the bicentenary of the opening of the Pump Rooms in Leamington, including the Assembly Hall, in which all the concerts take place.

The 4th of May will celebrate Czech classical music featuring the Guarneri Piano Trio from Prague.  Peter Sheppard Skaervad’s Longbow will perform famous pieces of Bohuslav Martinů. There will be also a and visitors can also look forward to an exclusive talk by Richard Beith of the Dvořák Society who will discuss the fascinating musical benefits of the Exile Czechoslovak presence in Leamington during WW II. Highlight of the closing concert will be Czech pianist and winner of the Young Concert Artists Competition New York 1999 Martin Kasik performing together with the Wihan String Quartet.

Musical programme will continue after the festival including a concert by the Kinsky Piano Trio on 30 May.

For further information and to see the full programme visit www.leamingtonmusic.org

Booking (open from early March) on: 01926 776438 or www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk.

Photo: Wihan String Quartet

This event is organised as part of the YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC 2014 programme

2014 is a remarkable year for Czech music, with over sixty prominent Czech composers, performers and musical organizations celebrating anniversaries – from Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Josef Suk to Rafael Kubelík and Milada Šubrtová to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.

Years ending with the number 4 have been traditionally recognised as years of music since 1924.

The Year of Czech Music 2014 programme has been initiated by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry for Regional Development with the objective to support projects promoting Czech music in the Czech Republic and abroad.




4 May 2014


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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