Music at Leamington Hastings

About Music at Leamington Hastings

The success of Music at Leamington Hastings over the past  years stems from two happy events.  The first was the wisdom of Sir Gilbert Scott, in around 1887, who installed the oak panelled ceiling in the nave; this is the principle reason for the superb acoustics in the church, ideal for chamber music, which arouse comment from many visiting musicians.  The other event was the arrival of Ray Law, who single-handedly started a concert series in 1971.

Starting from small beginnings, the concerts became a major project for Ray and Brenda, and are now firmly established on the international circuit for many performers.  Six times a year this small rural church transforms into a concert hall and hosts some 200 to 400 people to hear wonderful music.  From early days, Ray built up a tradition of friendly hospitality to both musicians and audience, and the village has aimed to continue this; in summer local gardens are opened for interval strawberries and cream, while at Christmas mulled wine is enjoyed in church.

A long and happy relationship with the Yehudi Menuhin School has been a feature; the orchestra has visited every two years we enjoy entertaining them, and their brilliant and exuberant performances always ensure a large audience.  Many of their past pupils such as Tasmin Little, have continued to return here, after becoming international stars. Past programmes include a wealth of top chamber groups, such as the Borodin, Endellion and Maggini String Quartets, the Schubert Ensemble, and many others.  Amongst the virtuoso pianists who have played here, John LillCBE must take pride of place, and we are honoured that he is now our President.

 Pease find a link to  our  website with a full  calendar listing.

For enquiries contact:-  David Potts  on 07966 584328







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