Arcadia String Quartet kick start concert series in Leamington

Arcadia String Quartet, Romanian winners of the 2012 London International String Quartet Competitio

Arcadia String Quartet, Romanian winners of the 2012 London International String Quartet Competition. - Credit: Archant

Leamington Music is putting on five concerts this November, starting with the Arcadia String Quartet in the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington, on Friday, November 1 at 7.30pm.

The Arcadia Quartet from Romania will play quartets by Haydn and Beethoven written around 1799 in Vienna at the height of the Classical period and then in the second half, George Enescu’s Quartet No 2, completed only four years before his death in 1955. Enescu was born in Romania in 1881 and studied in Vienna and Paris and performed as a violinist and conductor all over the world. As a composer he wrote in a late Romantic vein and made much use of folk-idioms. He was also a celebrated teacher and Yehudi Menuhin was one of his most famous pupils.

Other scheduled events in the concert series are as follows:

• On Tuesday, November 5, the annual Leamington Music Prize Winner concert will take place at the Kingsley School Hall in Leamington. The 2013 winners are the mezzo soprano Claire Barnett-Jones and a piano trio that has a Leamington cellist, Lucy French who plays along with violinist Zhivko Georgiev from Bulgaria and Yu-Fen Lin piano from Taiwan. A varied programme features some fifteen composers including Bizet, Britten, Gershwin, Rachmaninov and Schubert,

• There’s a Family Concert on Saturday, November 9 at 11am at the Royal Spa Centre with the London Recorder Quartet, I Flautisti. Recommended for age seven upwards and lasting an hour, this will provide an opportunity to hear professional musicians but also to participate, as the audience are encouraged to bring their recorders along. I Flautisti, who were here two years ago, will give eight workshop sessions in local schools on November 7 and 8.

• Tuesday, November 12 sees the continuation of the monthly Early Music Concerts Series at St Mary’s Church, Warwick. Handel’s Music for Vespers will be performed by five soloists from English Touring Opera led by American soprano Paula Sides, the University of Warwick Chamber Choir and The Old Street Band, directed by Jonathan Peter Kenny.

• The Benyounes String Quartet will perform in Leamington for the first time on Frida, November 29, with a programme of Schubert, Bridge, Britten and Dvorak. The following day the Quartet will be in Kenilworth working with the County Suzuki Group and young Kenilworth string players, as part of the Leamington Music Education Programme.

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