Coffee and cake with King’s Lynn Festival concerts

The Fidelio Piano Trio

The Fidelio Piano Trio

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A series of five morning coffee concerts featuring rising stars of the classical music world are one of the most popular features of King’s Lynn Festival.

The hour-long concerts are staged in King’s Lynn Town Hall at 11am and coffee and cake is served in the adjacent Stone Hall from 10.30am.

Michael Foyle (violin) and Maksim Stsura (piano)

Michael Foyle (violin) and Maksim Stsura (piano)

The festival’s artistic director, Ambrose Miller, ensures high calibre events by inviting ensembles and soloists who have made their mark very early in their careers by winning prestigious competitions and award schemes.

The series will be launched by the Alauda Quartet, who will first give a Sunday afternoon concert in the delightful setting of Westacre Theatre.

On July 24 at 3pm they will perform quartets by Beethoven (The Harp) and Schumann then the audience will have tea (included in the ticket price) which will be served in the grounds or in the theatre’s gallery spaces.

The quartet, formed at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, will then play a different programme to open the coffee concert series the following morning (July 25). At Lynn Town Hall their programme will include works by Haydn and Smetana.

Alauda Quartet

Alauda Quartet

On July 26 Michael Foyle (violin)and Maksim Stsura (piano), a duo critically-acclaimed for their interpretations of works from the 17th century to the present day, return to Lynn from their New York debut to perform music by Schubert and Faure.

There is a late change to the coffee concert on Wednesday, July 27, with Maria Marchant taking the place of pianist Yuanfan Yang.

Anna Rosa Mari (flute) and Andrew Dunlop (piano) team up for the July 28 concert when they will present a varied programme of music by Bach, Schubert, Sibelius and Borne. The Fidelio Piano Trio, who regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3, will round off the week with works by Haydn and Dvorak.

Tickets are £13 or all five coffee concerts can be booked for £60. Call the box office on 01553-764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk