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Town festival celebrates two musical greats; Classical.

Byline: PATSY FULLER

A CROWD of musical friends will be descending on Warwickshire over the May Day bank holiday weekend for a festival celebrating two great composers.

They will be coming to Leamington for the Beethoven and Brahms Festival which is being held in the town over the weekend of May 4 to May 8.

Many of the musicians taking part will be known to Warwickshire music lovers through concerts in recent years. They include former Lindsays violinist Peter Cropper, cellists Moray Welsh and Naomi Boole-Masterson, pianists Martin Roscoe, Fali Pavri and William Howard, baritone Nigel Cliffe, Ensemble 360 and the Wihan Quartet.

New faces to the town include Czech pianist Libor Novacek, who will give the opening concert with the Wihan String Quartet. The festival features eight concerts, including lunchtime events, at The Royal Pump Rooms and one at All Saints Church. Most feature works by both Brahms and Beethoven.

Highlights include two particularly lovely violin sonatas by Brahms and Beethoven which Cropper and Roscoe will play at lunchtime on May 7 and the two Brahms string sextets which will be played that evening by the Pro-Musica String Sextet made up of CBSO musicians directed by cellist Richard Jenkinson.

The festival will finish with a more contemporary flourish when works by Leamington composer Howard Skempton, who will be 60 this year, will be flanked by the music of Beethoven and Brahms at a concert by Warwickshire cellist Boole-Masterson, her husband pianist Fali Pavri and clarinettist Yann Ghiro.

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VIOLINIST Thomas Bowes will be the soloist when the Beauchamp Sinfonietta give concerts in Coventry and Leamington next weekend.

Bowes is a former leader of the London Mozart Players and has led many leading UK orchestras but is becoming known as a solo artist, both as a recitalist and a concerto player.

Next weekend he will be the soloist in Mendelssohn's violin concerto at Earlsdon Methodist Church, Earlsdon Avenue South, Coventry, at 7.30pm on Saturday and Leamington Town Hall at 3pm on the Sunday.

Also on the programme will be works by Francaix, Dvorak and Haydn. The conductor is Nic Fallowfield. Tickets available on the door.

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NEW FACES AND OLD FRIENDS... Musicians at the Beethoven and Brahms Festival in Leamington over the May Day bank holiday include (from left) the Wihan String Quartet, Libor Novacek and (top right, from left) Yann Ghiro, Naomi Boole-Masterson and Fali Pavri.; SOLOIST... Thomas Bowes will perform Mendelssohn's violin concerto with the Beauchamp Sinfonietta in two concerts next weekend.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 13, 2007
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