LUNCHTIME CONCERT: THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER
It was great to receive this feedback from one of our most loyal concert-goers:
'What I would consider a perfect lunchtime concert today, with the Britten Oboe Quartet: something unfamiliar, but very approachable (Moeran "Fantasy Quartet"); something challenging - but exciting - with its mixture of rhythms and sounds (Knussen "Cantata"); something well-known, but heard in a different way, cleverly arranged for string trio (Bach - part of the "Goldberg Variations") and something full of harmony and joy to send us out (Mozart"Quartet in F for Oboe and Strings").
This set the new season of lunchtime concerts off to a flying start at Leicester's New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
Thank you to everyone involved, and in particular to the string trio and to Nicholas Daniel who never fails to impress.'
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!
LUNCHTIME CONCERTS 2018/19
We are pleased to announce next season's programme. Beginning with our Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel's own group, the Britten Oboe Quartet, other ensembles include the Goldner Quartet - a rare opportunity to hear this superb group from Australia - and two of the world's finest in the Doric String Quartet and the Carducci Quartet. We also welcome back the young Elysium Brass Ensemble, whose first visit to Leicester proved so popular. Pianists Clare Hammond and Piers Lane will be keenly anticipated and, on the instrumental front, we look forward to one of the world's finest clarinetists, Julian Bliss with Robert Bottriell; BBC Young Musician Strings Winner, Callum Smart (violin) with Richard Uttley; LSO principal, Adam Walker (flute) with Alasdair Beatson and 2015 ECHO Rising Star, Michael Petrov (cello) with Erdem Misirlioglu. The programme is completed by the outstanding young singers who took 1st and 2nd places in the 2108 London Handel Singing Competition, Helen Charlston (mezzo) and Lauren Lodge-Campbell (soprano), accompanied by Asako Ozawa (harpsichord). They will perform some of Handel's greatest and best-loved arias from oratorios such as Theodora and, of course, Messiah.
Tickets are now on sale in person or by phone from the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery box office. For more information and ticket details, click here.