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Martinu Quartet perform all-Czech programme in Leamington

Leamington Editorial 10th May, 2023   0

THE MARTINU String Quartet returns to perform at Leamington’s Royal Pump Rooms on Saturday (May 13).

The Prague-based quartet bring an all-Czech programme. It starts with the Quartet No 2 by Josef Beneš, continues with Bohuslav Martinu’s Quartet No 5 before ending with Quartet No 14 by Antonín Dvořák.

Richard Phillips, director of concert organiser Leamington Music, said: “The Martinu Quartet first played in Leamington in the Warwick & Leamington Festival of 1998 and this will be its 13th concert in Warwickshire, ninety per cent of them having been in Leamington.

“Our audience has tremendous affection for the quartet and particularly for the leader Lubos Havlak, who founded it as the Havlák Quartet in 1976, and the cellist Jitka Vlasanková. Inevitably there have been changes over the years in the line-up and Leamington will meet for the first time the second violin Adela Stajnochrová and the viola player Martin Stupka. They have both been members of the Skampa Quartet, which has played several times in Leamington and surrounding area, but not since 2013.”

Leamington Music has two more events coming up in June, before taking a break until the winter Season starts on October 6 with the Berlin-based Leonkoro String Quartet.

On Tuesday June 13, in a concert in St Mary’s Church Warwick, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir will be conducted by Julian Wilkins and Jeffrey Skidmore and on Sunday June 25, the Conservatoire’s Opera will perform Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig at The Dream Factory in Warwick.

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