THE MARMEN String Quartet perform in Warwick’s Unitarian Chapel – which has an important place in the story of classical music in the area.
They will play two quartets by Haydn, one by Mozart and end the concert with Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor Opus 95 on Friday (May 13), starting at 7.30pm.
Leamington Music Festival director Richard Phillips explained: “One of the reasons why the towns of Warwick and Leamington have a national reputation for putting on chamber music originates in the Unitarian Chapel in High Street. It goes back to the discovery in 1984 that the then recently renovated building was a brilliant venue for this intimate music.
“The chapel’s acoustic and beautiful surroundings, particularly with the garden in the summer, proved so popular that inevitably concerts had to be transferred to bigger venues like the Royal Pump Rooms.
“The Festival Weekend and the International String Quartets winter series both started in the chapel over 25 years ago. BBC Radio 3 made a few recordings there and musicians who performed there included some big names.”
And another Leamington Music promoted occasional summer concert will be staged when Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski performs with Spanish soprano Amaia Azcona Cildoz in an evening of Spanish and Latin American music at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Ullenhall near Henley on July 8.
Visit leamingtonmusic.org for further details.
* Wine expert Oz Clarke will join the Armonico Consort for Drink to the Music at Warwick Castle on May 17.
They will be examining the link between wine and the music of the Baroque – including Bach, Purcell and Vivaldi – in the Great Hall from 7.30pm.
The choir will be accompanied by the Baroque Players, together with soprano Eloise Irving and countertenor William Towers, with Oz narrating.
visit www.armonico.org.uk for further details.