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4 May 2018 - 8 May 2018

Leamington Music Festival Weekend

An outstanding line-up of Czech and British musicians have been assembled to perform in this Festival Weekend at the Royal Pump Rooms, the twenty ninth such event – the Festival marks the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia which happened a fortnight before Armistice Day of 11 November 1918.

Czech music is celebrated as you would expect through the four big names of Smetana, Dvořák, Janáček and Martinů. Other important figures like Reicha, Suk, Dvořák’s son in law, Kabeláč, Slavický and Fiser feature, as does Erwin Schulhoff who fought in the first War and, being Jewish, died in a concentration camp in World War Two.

English composers and music affected by the Great War make a link before Roderick Williams finishes his Schubert Project for Leamington Music with Schwanengesang. In the first part of his concert, he sings works by three composers killed in the War including Leamington-born William Denis Browne who was with his friend Rupert Brooke when he died before himself being killed at Gallipoli.

On the Sunday afternoon there is a talk about the years leading up to the founding of  Czechoslovakia and what some of the composers were doing in that time and Leamington’s association through the Czech Free Army’s time here in 1940-42 will be celebrated again.


Pražák String Quartet with Ivan Klánský piano
4 May 2018 at 7:30pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
This leading Czech Quartet is joined by Ivan Klánský of the Guarneri Piano Trio

Pražák String Quartet
5 May 2018 at 12:00pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
The Pražák Quartet’s second concert in the Festival offers three late Romantic quartets

Guarneri Piano Trio
5 May 2018 at 7:30pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
The Guarneri Piano Trio offers a programme that adds up to an evening of great expectation

Jana Vonášková-Nováková violin & Martin Kasík piano
6 May 2018 at 12:00pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
Jana Vonášková-Nováková and Martin Kasík offer another appetising lunchtime concert

Ensemble 360
6 May 2018 at 7:30pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
Ensemble 360 has become a regular feature of the Leamington Music Festival Weekends and every time comes up with a truly Festival programme.

Martin Kasík piano
7 May 2018 at 12:30pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
Martin Kasík returns to the Royal Pump Rooms for his first concert here since 2014.

Michael Collins clarinet & Piatti String Quartet
7 May 2018 at 7:30pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
Leading British clarinettist Michael Collins joins up with the Piatti Quartet, playing for Leamington Music for the third time.

Jack McNeill clarinet, David Le Page violin, Viv McLean piano
8 May 2018 at 12:00pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
Jack McNeill, a Leamington Music Prize winner in 2010 returns to the Festival with well known colleagues in a programme of music written during the Great War.

Roderick Williams baritone & Iain Burnside piano
8 May 2018 at 7:30pm / Royal Pump Rooms, LEAMINGTON
Roderick Williams returns to Leamington to complete his Schubert Project.

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Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA


From: 4 May 2018
To: 8 May 2018


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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