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There have been some stunning concerts in the first two day of this year’s festival:

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. Tomorrow evening (Sat 21st) ends with the Schubert String Quintet!!!’

There are STILL some tickets available for the Festival Finale tonight - please ring 0116 225 4920 to reserve.


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)

This year’s programme includes the music of Mozart, Schubert and the brilliant young British composer, Mark Simpson, whose work will be featured in all the concerts. This will include two new commissions for Nicholas Daniel and the young flautist, Daniel Shao. Amongst other delights, the Festival programme also includes Mozart’s lovely Clarinet Quintet and Schubert’s incomparable String Quintet in C.

Under the inspirational leadership of Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Katya Apekisheva (piano), Richard O’Neill (viola) and Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) will be returning to Leicester and they will be joined by Jack Liebeck & Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Clare Finnemore (viola) Michael Petrov (cello) Richard Uttley (piano) and Mark Simpson (clarinet + Composer in Association).

Young musicians Daniel Shao (flute) and Joseph Havlat (piano) feature in Friday lunchtime’s special Introducing concert and we are also delighted to welcome Llio Evans (soprano) for a performance of Schubert’s The Shepherd on the Rock.

We are all looking forward to a very lively FREE Family Fun Event on Saturday lunchtime 12 - 1pm!

Tickets are now on sale, either online or in person at the New Walk Museum Box Office. Ticket details

For more details and the full programme click here.



Tickets are now on sale for our forthcoming Lunchtime Concert Series, which runs fortnightly from October to March. 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 Lendvai String Trio, The Elias Sting Quartet, 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, Tim Ridout; Scottish guitar-star, Sean Shibe, not to mention a visit from the talented young players of the Purcell School.

If you happen to notice a particularly diverse and intriguing repertoire in this concert series, this is partly due to our new policy of asking for at least one piece by a non-male composer!

For more details, make sure you look at our LTC page here. Tickets can be booked in person at the New Walk Museum or by phone - details here. Don’t delay - last year, many of these concerts were sell-outs and we expect the same this time!



‘….a truly remarkable artist.’

A packed Victorian Gallery enjoyed a memorable recital by the brilliant young pianist, Pavel Kolesnikov. The sense of drama was intensified by soloist and piano picked out by beams of light in a darkened hall and each piece became part of a spell-binding narrative.

After the concert, our Artistic Director, Nicholas Daniel, wrote: ‘Mesmerising concert tonight in Leicester by Pavel Kolesnikov who adored our newly renovated piano and our hall. It felt like we were given a gift of a personal message from him, with the most astounding array of colours and display of control informing his musical gift and communication. What a talent he is, and absolutely charming too. Off to download everything he’s recorded. Thank you Pavel.’

Leicester Concert-goer told us: ‘Leicester had met in Pavel Kolesnikov a truly remarkable artist and hopefully one who will return before long. I can reveal that he, as not a few before him, was obviously delighted with everything about the venue so perhaps that wish will become reality not too far into the future.’

Read his full review HERE



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.