[Press & Publications] MUSIC FOR AUTUMN NIGHTS

September 1999

No 165

September may signal the end of summer fun, but to an army of Leicester concert-goers it is welcomed as the start of a new year of music-making and nowhere more so than at the University of Leicester.

Lindsay fans will be delighted to see that the quartet is returning to the University for a series of six concerts celebrating the string quartets of Beethoven, introduced by first violinist, Peter Cropper, at the opening recital on Wednesday 6 October. For those who appreciate a more in-depth view the former Director of Music at the University, Dr Robert Meikle, is running a Beethoven Day on Saturday 2 October.

By chance Peter Cropper's daughter, Hazel, is one of two young guest conductors of the University Orchestral Society in a concert of Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich on Saturday 4 December. The University's Proteus Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society take the stage the following week, 11 December, to perform Elgar's immense masterpiece, The Dream of Gerontius, in aid of The Leicester Royal Infirmary CT Scanner Appeal.

With the approach of the millennium, the season celebrates new music in three concerts, including a first performance in The Blessed Damozel on Saturday 20 November of the Horn Concerto by Anthony Pither, currently Director of Music at the University. On Friday 1 October Lora Dimitrova, acclaimed by the great Sir Georg Solti as "an outstanding pianist and exceptionally fine musician" will play Scenes for Piano III by Francis Routh. The composer, who will introduce the work, is a man of many parts - writer, editor, performer, conductor and teacher - and the piece is shortly to be recorded by Lora Dimitrova herself. Echoes of the summer spectacle will appear in Eclipse, by Warwick University's Director of Music, Colin Touchin, performed by the Leicester University Wind Band on Saturday 27 November in an evening that switches dizzily from Shakespearean magic, to a zany cartoon.

Stars of the early music scene, Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley, play to packed houses wherever they go and Leicester is no exception. Following last year's sell-out recital at the University, they are returning on Friday 3 December with Honey for the Hive - the music of John Dowland.

For details of this and all other concerts, including special offers on ticket prices, contact Margaret Rose or Anthony Pither, the Department of Music, University of Leicester, telephone (0116) 252 2781, fax (0116) 252 2782.

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