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New season puts accent on youth; Classical.

Byline: PATSY FULLER

SOME of the most exciting young classical music stars around will be heading to Coventry in the coming months.

Award-winning violinists Nicola Benedetti, Chloe Hanslip, Isabelle Faust and Priya Maclean and theitchell and cellist Guy Johnston are among the soloists lined up for the next season of classical concerts at Warwick Arts Centre's Butterworth Hall.

Nicola, aged 18, and Guy, 24, are both former BBC Young Musicians of the Year. Isabelle Faust, 34, is a Gramophone Young Artist of the Year award winner' Chloe, aged 18, is a Classical Brits winner and 28-year-old Priya has been hailed as "one of the foremost violinists of her generation".

Arts centre director Alan Rivett says the series "oozes with classical music's finest young talent".

He adds: "It is designed to put young, talented award-winning musicians centre stage at the heart of the orchestral concert experience."

The young stars will be playing alongside established conductors and orchestras including the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, which open the series on October 6, and arts centre regulars such as the Halle, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the CBSO and London Mozart Players.

Mahler's Symphony No 5, Mozart's Requiem and Beethoven's Symphony No 7 are among the epics to look forward to. Tickets will be on general sale from August 14.

Details on 024 7652 4524.

THERE is a chance to hear Nicola Benedetti play in Leicester on Tuesday night when she joins the Philharmonia Orchestra for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto at the De Montfort Hall. Works by Elgar and Mozart are also on the programme and the conductor is Sir Roger Norrington.

Tickets on 0116 233 3111.

CANADIAN violinist Leila Josefowicz enthralled a Warwick Arts Centre audience earlier this year with her stunning playing of Shostakovich's first violin concerto and she has now brought out a CD of the same work.

The recording is with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sakari Oramo, who gave the concert in Coventry in January.

The CD was recorded in the week of the Coventry concert but the recording was made at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

The CD, on the Warner Classics label, also features Shostakovich's moody violin sonata played by Josefowicz and pianist John Novacek.

A SUMMER serenade of songs and music will be performed by a group of musicians in Coventry next week.

Classical mandolin player Alison Stephens and piano soloist Roman Rudnytsky will join three singers, all with Coventry connections, for a concert in aid of the Joe Homan charity at Coventry Methodist Central Hall in Warwick Lane next Friday at 7pm.

Soprano Patricia Tatum teaches music at Bablake School, baritone Jerzy Nagorski is a former student of Warwick University and baritone Ben Swoboda is a former lecturer at the university and is now carrying out research there. The musical line-up will be completed by piano accompanist Tom Henderson, a maths student at Warwick University.

The programme will include some Mozart arias, songs by Schubert and piano works by Schubert and Chopin as well as classical mandolin pieces.

Tickets on 024 7622 3564.

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YOUNG TALENTS... Violinists Nicola Benedetti (left), Chloe Hanslip (above) and Priya Mitchell (below) all feature in Warwick Arts Centre's new season.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 26, 2006
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