After being cancelled both last year and this spring, Leamington Music Festival makes a welcome return, albeit in shortened form. On this occasion the festival is marking the centenary of locally born composer Robert Simpson. 

Greatly admired for his outstanding compositions for brass, Simpson is equally known for, among other works, his 11 symphonies, numerous concertos and 15 string quartets. 

Performers at this year’s event include festival openers the Coull Quartet (pictured), who will be playing the composer’s String Quintet No1, and the Dante String Quartet, bringing the weekend’s proceedings to a close with a performance of Simpson’s Quartet No8.

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