Leamington Music Festival

27 April - 1 May 2023


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Leamington Music May Festival 28 April- 2 May 2022

Recent Paintings

When concerts started to return after the Pandemic I felt it was important to have a record of the unusual experience of socially-distanced audience and performers.  This exhibition is a combination of these paintings and my continued fascination with the gesture of the musicians as they perform.


Midsummer Festival

25 June - 6 July 2021

As the 2021 Leamington Music May Festival & Exhibition were also cancelled, it was decided to have a Midsummer Festival in various venues in Leamington and Warwick which could be socially distanced.  These paintings were exhibited in Holy Trinity and All Saints churches in Leamington and The Dream Factory, Warwick.
1st concert  St Mary's

The title of this painting is 'Hungry for Live Music'.  The Elias Quartet. performed in Holy Trinity Church, Leamington Spa.This was the first socially distanced concert held in October 2020.  

1st concert View from the left

Looking from left

1st concert View from right

Looking from right


Fitzwilliam Quartet celebrating Richard's 80th birthday in a socially distanced performance at The Dream Factory in Warwick October 2020

2020 Exhibition 'The Colour of Music' Cancelled

I decided to make a video - a Virtual Exhibition

exhibition of paintings by Jane Williams
Artist in Residence Leamington Spa
3-10 May 2019
Leamington Music Festival
Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa

The paintings in this exhibition are aiming to integrate the figure of the musician and the abstract nature of the music using colour, shape and line.


Friday 3 May Opening night of the Festival and Exhibition


Tasmin Little, violinist, talking to Richard Phillips, Festival Director, opened the Festival and Exhibition before giving a wonderful performance that evening with brilliant Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin.


From L-R
Quartet play Mozart; Donald & Simone Get on Well; Brodsky in Action; E360 perform Brahms Piano Quintet all acrylic on canvas


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From L to R
BBC R3 Recording Contrabassoon; She'Koyokh Violin & Clarinet; Saxophone Conversation all acrylic on canvas


Quartet Immersed in their Music (acrylic on canvas)


Digital Originals (unless otherwise stated)

                           Saxaphone Rehearsing                   Cropper Pizzicvato                        Violin & Piano (sold)                                        Stile Antico at St Mary

Solo Saxaphone                    (framed acrylic on paper)              Avesta Saxophone Quartet                                  Kosmos at Spa Centre


Digital Originals

                                                   Morgan playing Memories of the Alhambra                Roddy at Warwick Hall (sold)    Raphael plays from a very old score (sold)
(framed acrylic on paper)                                                 Roza Bene Harpsichord

Friday evening 10 May a reception was held for the major sponsors of the Festival Presto Classical after theTakacs Quartet had performed


Jane's painting 'Ensemble 360 play Martinu Wind Sextet recorded by BBC R3' plus some drawings and pastels could be seen in the Leamington Art Gallery throughout the Music Festival  until 9 June 2019



28 April - 2 May 2017

Leamington Music Festival Weekend

Royal Pump Rooms Leamington Spa


Jane's paintings in this exhibition were a response to the performances held in the last two days of last year's May Festival.  Every emotion was expressed in these two days from joyful exuberance (La Revue de Cuisine by Martinu) to  extreme despair (Terezin Ghetto Requiem) via Schubert's Quintet D956 which seemed to encompass many emotions between these two extremes. The paintings about these three pieces of music are abstract, relying on the rhythms and mood of the music to create the composition.

La Revue de Cuisine 
60x90cm acrylic on canvas

The studies (33x41cm acrylic on paper) which informed the composition were made whilst listening to the hugely joyful and fun music, were exhibited alongside the final painting.

La Revue de Cuisine

Schubert Quintet D956
4 movements
36 x 40cm acrylic on canvas

Schubert 1_s
Schubert 2_s
Schubert 3_s
Schubert head crpd

A terracotta head of Schubert by the sculptor/architect Bruce George owned by his daughter Vicky Airey was borrowed for the exhibition to be exhibited alongside the Schubert paintings.  A loan of a book of wonderful drawings of Schubert added to the Schubert experience.

Terezin Ghetto Requiem by Sylvia Bodorova

This powerful work reflects the horrors of the Ghetto which incarcerated so many brilliant musicians, composers and writers.  The first layers of paint evoke the colourful creative artistic culture which was then slowly obliterated as time when on.  Photos were taken throughout the process of painting and exhibited alongside the finished canvas.

Terezin Ghetto Requiem

90 x 60cm acrylic on canvas

Stage 1 full of colour reflecting the vibrant culture and creativity of those imprisoned.
Stage 2 paint starts to suppress the creativity
Stage 3 vigorous painting over in dark colours echoing the Dies Irae that appeared in the Requiem all but crushing those incarcerated.
Stage 4 the lascerating final Libera Me is evoked by scratching into the surface of the paint, freedom perhaps is found as the souls are released into the air.


The figurative work was kept for large drawings

BBC R3 Recording Doric Quartet 45x60cm  SOLD

BBC Radio 3 Recording Doric String Quartet  85 x 100cm mixed media SOLD

Percussion  110 x 65cm

O Duo Explosive Percussion  86 x 120cm mixed media

Allegro Prestissimo

Allegro Prestissimo  70x105cm mixed media  SOLD


Everyone came - including a tea party for children!