Organisers of this year's cancelled Leamington Music Festival (1 to 5 May) have announced plans to host a virtual festival in its place.

The annual festival which has been held at the Royal Pump Rooms for the past 20 years will no longer take place due to the current lockdown.

As an alternative, audiences can now receive virtual versions of the festival via email with the day’s planned events sent direct to their inbox. These will include videos of some of the artists who were due to perform and 'rare gems' from musical giants of the past. Anyone not already signed up to reveive email news from Leamington Music can do so by signing up at www.leamingtonmusic.org

Festival Director Richard Phillips says: “If we can’t bring the audience to the Royal Pump Rooms, we will take the music to them in their homes. We aim to capture and convey the wonderful spirit of the Leamington Music Festival in a new way this year.”   

Acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little was scheduled to play the festival ahead of her planned retirement at the end of the summer. Because of the current situation, Tasmin has now announced that she will postpone her retirement for the time being as she wishes to return to the Royal Pump Rooms - one of her favourite venues - one last time.

Leamington Music is exploring the possibility of hosting a mini festival in the Autumn to feature some of the cancelled concerts including a solo recital by Tasmin's accompanist, Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin (pictured), who received a standing ovation at last year’s festival.

Leamington Music is currently working with the Warwick District Council box office to find ways of transferring tickets already booked or making refunds. The box office is currently closed, so all enquiries about future Leamington Music events and booking details should be made to the Leamington Music office on 01926 497000 or by email to richard@leamingtonmusic.org.