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Arts Centre to host some of the world's finest musicians


By Peter Walters

Orchestral music returns to Warwick Arts Centre in October with a world premiere, plenty of big names and some old favourites.

The 2021-2022 series begins with a special Re-Opening concert on Friday 8 October, hosted by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring music from Franz Liszt, Mozart and Sibelius. Accompanying the orchestra will be the celebrated conductor Anu Tali and acclaimed Hungarian violinist Barnabas Kelemen (pictured above).

On Thursday 11 November, the Brodsky Quartet present the world premiere of composer/broadcaster Stephen Johnson's String Quartet No. 1, while on Wednesday 1 December popular Warwick favourite, pianist Freddy Kampf, joins the Armenian State Orchestra for a programme that includes Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite.

Also returning to the Arts Centre are Chineke! Orchestra, Europe's first majority black and ethnically diverse orchestra, who take on black composer Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Othello Suite in concert on Wednesday, 23 February, 2022.

Future highlights of the first series include the Halle Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a second appearance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Doreen Foster, Warwick Arts Centre's director, said, "After months of silence, we're pleased to see our Butterworth Hall alive with the sound of some of the best orchestras and musicians in the world. Our re-opening concert, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will be a night to remember, especially as the orchestra are also celebrating their 75th year."

Tickets for all orchestral concerts are now on sale from the Warwick box office via ticketing@warwick.ac.uk or at www.warwickartscentre.co.uk.