The world’s finest musicians in a magnificent setting: join us for the 77th season of Lunchtime Concerts in the Victorian Gallery at the New Walk Museum, October 2019 - March 2020. Box Office 0116 225 4920 (11-4)

Elias Quartet

Elias Quartet


Our next concert on 17th October features the Elias Quartet, one of the world’s finest quartets, in a programme of Hindson and Schubert, together with an arrangement by Elias violinist, Donald Grant, of a traditional Scottish song by Silas Na Ceapaich.

We were thrilled when the Elias Quartet agreed to play at the gorgeous Victorian Gallery for the first time: they were conspicuously missing from the roster of leading groups who have visited us in recent years. They are possibly best known for their six volume Beethoven cycle, recorded live at the Wigmore Hall, a project which has taken many years to complete and which has brought huge acclaim.

The Lendvai String Trio

The Lendvai String Trio


Our 2019/20 Lunchtime Concert Series began on 3rd October with a return visit by the Lendvai String Trio. It was fitting that the Trio - three brilliant women string players - embraced our challenge to include at least one composition by a female composer in each programme by giving a superb performance of 'The Ogre Lover' by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Composer, alongside Röntgen’s Trio No. 10 and Dohnànyi’s lovely Serenade.

‘Their sound has a richness and warmth of timbre which linked to the tremendous drive and enthusiasm of their interpretations ensures a compelling experience for any audience.’

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Tickets for our other Lunchtime Concerts are on sale by phone or in person at the New Walk Museum. We are thrilled that this programme features a wide variety of the world’s finest musicians. Some - like the pianist, Charles Owen, the cellist, Guy Johnston and our very own Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel - are very familiar to Leicester audiences and we are delighted to welcome them back. We also look forward to seeing two masters of the keyboard, Melvyn Tan (piano) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord).

In Chineke!, the Calefax Reed Quintet and the Amatis Piano Trio, we have the opportunity of hearing some of the most exciting and acclaimed international ensembles.

Finally, we have invited some the brightest rising stars to the New Walk Museum for this series: Robert Burton (saxophone), section winner of 2018 BBC Young Musician with the superb young pianist, Christine Zerafa; one of the finest viola players of his generation, Timothy Ridout; Scottish guitar-star, Sean Shibe, not to mention a visit from the talented young players of the Purcell School.

For more details, make sure you look at our LTC page here. Don’t delay in booking your ticket - last year, many of these concerts were sell-outs and we expect the same this time!


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This year’s Leicester International Music Festival is very special. I’ve been to two of the concerts and been bowled over by the quality of the music and the musicianship. You will not hear chamber music played better anywhere in Europe. It is truly magnificent…..I would warmly recommend attending.’

After three days of outstanding concerts at the New Walk Museum, the 2019 Festival has ended: but not before a packed gallery enjoyed a wonderful evening of great music. Mozart's lovely 'Kegelstatt' Trio was followed by a riveting second performance of Mark Simpson's new Oboe Quartet for Nicholas Daniel and an account of Schubert's String Quintet in C which no-one present will ever forget.

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End of the first day's rehearsal at Festival 2019, with the Schubert String Quintet in C first run through already sounding magical: Alexander Sitkovetsky & Jack Liebeck (violin); Richard O'Neill (viola); Leonard Elschenbroich & Michael Petrov (cello)



Following a diagnostic visit from Steinway & Sons in Autumn 2018, we arranged for a three day service of our lovely piano in March 2019.

All of the strings in the upper-octaves were replaced. These wear quickest, as they are held at greater tension and also vibrate directly against the piano frame. This gradually introduces a slight metallic edge to the tone.

Attention was also paid to the key bushings and hammers to eliminate play in the action and make it really precise.

We are grateful that the Leicester Museums Service is contributing generously to the cost of this work, but LIMF is launching a Fundraising Campaign to raise our share over the next 12 months.

It was quite clear that this work had made a real difference during Pavel Kolesnikov’s recital, with the pianist conjuring incredibly beautiful sounds from an instrument which he described as ‘one of the most beautiful I have ever played.’

Read more about Steinway’s fascinating visit and see how you can contribute to our fund.