IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR VISITORS TO THE MUSEUM

Work has commenced on building work focused on improving toilet facilities at the Museum. Visitors will need to use the temporary facilities at the New Walk end of the car park until this work is completed at the end of December. Car park use is limited to pre-arranged disabled access only - please phone the Museum if you need to make use of this.

NEXT LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THURSDAY 20TH DECEMBER:

HELEN CHARLSTON (MEZZO) and LAUREN LODGE-CAMPBELL (SOPRANO) with ASAKO OGAWA (HARPSICHORD)

We are really looking forward to our next Lunchtime Concert at the New Walk Museum on 20th December, when we welcome Helen Charlston (mezzo soprano) and Lauren Lodge-Campbell (soprano), accompanied by Asako Ogawa (harpsichord).

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Helen and Lauren won first and second prize in the prestigious singing competition associated with the 2018 London Handel Festival. It will, therefore, come as no surprise that these outstanding young singers are presenting a programme of arias and duets from that composer's many operas and oratorios.

LAST LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER: GOLDNER QUARTET

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We were thrilled to host Australia’s leading string quartet in Leicester - one of their two concerts during a visit to the UK to record a new disc for Hyperion with the pianist, Piers Lane (who we look forward to seeing in January). 

Their performances of Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 1 in C major and Schubert’s Quartet in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’ were described as ‘electric’ by one listener and certainly received very generous applause from a capacity audience.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THURSDAY 22ND NOVEMBER: ELYSIUM BRASS

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There wasn't a seat to be had at Elysium Brass' superb Lunchtime Concert today!

A full house at the New Walk Museum enjoyed some first class brass playing. Above all, there was so much joy in the music-making across a terrific range of pieces.

The audience particularly enjoyed the polychoral effect in Gabrielli’s Canzona per sonare No. 4 with the trumpets at the back of the gallery and Chris Claxton (tuba) serenading Alex Willett (French horn) in Paul Nagle's jazzy 'Jive for Five'.

Read Leicester Concert-goer’s review here!

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER: CLARE HAMMOND

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‘One thing is for sure, Clare Hammond has an instinct for constructing  a deeply satisfying programme, the features of which are delivered with succinct introductions that hit nail after nail on the head.’

‘…the clear fact is we really must hear more of Clare Hammond in Leicester, preferably in a full recital, and to judge from the ovation she received I am certainly not alone in wishing that.’

Leicester Concert-goer was bowled over by a wonderful Lunchtime Concert at the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.

Read the full review here.

LUNCHTIME CONCERT: 25TH OCTOBER: JULIAN BLISS & ROBERT BOTTRIELL

 Robert Bottriell (piano) & Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Robert Bottriell (piano) & Julian Bliss (clarinet)

We were pleased to welcome the clarinetist, Julian Bliss and his accompanist, Robert Bottriell to the New Walk Museum for what proved to be an outstanding Lunchtime Concert. They presented a programme of music by Debussy, Poulenc, Brahms and the 20th century Romanian composer, Tiberiu Olah. An appreciative audience was then entertained by their virtuoso encore, Czardas by Vittorio Monti.

You can read a review of the concert by our good friend, Leicester Concert-goer here.

LEICESTER INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL: 20TH - 22ND SEPTEMBER 2018

After three days of stunning music, the 2018 Leicester International Music Festival came to an end.

Our musicians came together from all around the world - a truly international line-up - and the Victorian Gallery was filled with delicious sounds. Lunchtime and evening concerts were warmly received by enthusiastic audiences.

LIMF’s patron, Thea Musgrave, was a 'featured composer' at this year's Leicester International Music Festival - 'A New World: Composers who moved to America' (20th-22nd September 2018).  

Thea flew to Leicester from across the Atlantic to be our very special guest at the Festival, with opportunities to hear her music at all five concerts.

You can now read Leicester Concert-goer’s comprehensive appreciation of the Festival here!

Family Fun at the Leicester International Music Festival, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, 22nd September 2018: featuring Nicholas Daniel (oboe) Ani Aznavoorian and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello), Joy Farrell (clarinet), Katya Apekisheva (piano) and Chi-chi Nwanoku (double bass).