The monthly series of Early Music Concerts at St Mary’s WARWICK promoted by Leamington Music resumes on Tuesday 28 January at 7.30pm with the first appearance in the town of THE GONZAGA BAND. The Band is coming with an intriguing programme about music in Venice in the year 1629.

For this concert The Gonzaga Band line up has the Director Jaime Savan, Helen Roberts and Theresa Caudle playing cornetts, Theresa Caudle also plays the violin and is joined by another violinist Oliver Webber. In addition Steven Devine plays chamber organ and harpsichord and the soprano Faye Newton adds further variety to the group.

Members of the Band will land in Warwick two days ahead of the concert as they will be coaching Warwickshire Music’s County Waits and Early Music Group who in turn will play a part on the concert evening by playing as the audience assembles. The day before the concert, the same musicians will visit schools in Nuneaton and Leamington and at lunchtime on 28 January, the Band will give a short concert at Warwick School.

The starting point for the programme Venice 1629 is the return to Venice by Heinrich Schütz, now in charge of music at the Court in Dresden, having studied in Venice two decades earlier. He has come to meet the big new name on the block, Claudio Monteverdi. His is the name known to us, but there were many other talented composers in northern Italy at that time and eight of them will be performed alongside works by Schütz and Monteverdi.

1629 was a highpoint for printers of music in Venice and there are some fifty collections which still survive today. In 1630 plague hit Venice and nearly a third of its population died in 1630 and 1631.  The printing trade was decimated.

Richard Phillips, Festival Director, comments, “Having had three outstanding concerts in the series at St Mary’s in the Autumn, all concentrating on the human voice, we resume with an evening with the emphasis on the instruments of the time. In February we welcome back Dame Emma Kirkby, known worldwide as the voice of early music and we end in March with the Orlando Consort, four male singers taking us back to the fourteenth century with Guillaume de Machaut, Portrait of a Genius”

The Leamington Music Winter Season continues in February with concerts by the 2018 BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, pianist Lauren Zhang, Dame Emma Kirkby and Dowland Works and BBC New Generation Artists the Consone String Quartet. In March there are concerts by Ensemble 360, the Pražák Quartet from Prague and the season ends with the Orlando Consort on 24 March.

Tickets for all Leamington Music concerts, including the 2020 Leamington Music Festival in May are available at the Visitor Information Centre at the Royal Pump Rooms Leamington and Visit Warwick at the Court House Warwick. Call 01926 334418 or go online on www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk.

Full details about the 2019/20 Leamington Music Winter Season, the Leamington Music Festival and about Leamington Music, including the Friends of Leamington Music, the Artist in Residence Jane Williams and Education Programme can be found on www.leamingtonmusic.org.