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Byline: Krysia Diver

A TALENTED new group of musicians will wear period costume and powdered wigs to add an authentic touch to a recital in Warwickshire.

The Locrian Ensemble perform Mozart By Candlelight at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington on Sunday.

Against a backdrop of chandeliers, mirrors and ornate paintings, the group will perform a mixture of Baroque and classical music.

Cellist Justin Pearson will introduce the pieces and the audiences will be able to soak up the salon-style atmosphere.

The programme includes a host of popular classics, including Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Corelli's Concerto Grosso and Vivaldi's Concerto For Two Violins.

The ensemble, which brings together some of the most prominent string soloists in London, has recorded works for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and various television programmes.

Musical director Justin Pearson, principal cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra, has also recorded solo cello albums for the Naxos, Epoch and Carlton labels. He is an independent programme producer for BBC Radio 3, running his own orchestra and associated choir. Tickets cost from cost pounds 8 from 01926 334418.

A LEADING British viol consort is returning to the area to take part in Warwick Arts Society's early music series.

Fretwork will perform Bach's Art of the Fugue at St Mary's Church in Warwick on Tuesday.

This work of genius has taken time to make its mark and has caused some confusion over the centuries because Bach did not specify which instruments should play it.

It has been adapted for orchestra and even two pianos, but has not often been performed by a viol consort, and this might turn out to provide the ideal effect.

Fretwork, a vibrant force in the early music field for 15 years, are performing in Warwick as part of a British tour this month.

Other tours this year have included concerts in Canada, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain and the USA.


PERIOD PIECE: The Locrian Ensemble will appear in authentic costume for their Mozart by Candlelight recital at the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, on Sunday
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 9, 2001
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