Mexican music is in the mix with artwork at Leamington church

MEXICAN music by an internationally-renowned guitarist can be enjoyed alongside works by Leamington artists at a concert in the town this weekend.

Leamington Music is hosting Morgan Szymanski for a recital at Holy Trinity Church in Beauchamp Avenue, while artworks inspired by the music created by members of the Association of Midland Artists will be projected during the evening.

Mexican-born Morgan, who, at 33, has been playing the guitar since the age of six, will perform Sketches of Mexico, music composed by Julio Cesar Oliva and Manuel Ponce.

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Morgan has performed both solo and with orchestras at concert halls and festivals across Europe and in Mexico, Bermuda, China, Chile, Guatemala, the USA and Zimbabwe.

He has also broadcast live on television and radio worldwide, with highlights including playing on BBC World Service and BBC Radio 3.

This spring, he launched his Sketches of Mexico project at the La Linea Festival 2012 in London, before playing at the Bulawayo Festival in Zimbabwe, and also has performance dates planned at some of the UK’s leading festivals and concert halls.

Twenty members of the Association of Midland Artists have taken part in the project at the church, including Jane Williams, Leamington Music’s artist in residence, and fellow Leamington artist Catherine Hope-Jones.

Their original paintings will be exhibited alongside the performance as part of Warwickshire Open Studios.

Morgan, Jane and Catherine have also been leading workshops at schools in the Leamington area during the past week to encourage pupils to create their own artwork inspired by Morgan’s music.

The church concert takes place on Saturday (June 30), at 8pm. Tickets cost £10 (£1 for children and students).

Call 776438 or go online.