Festival’s classical workshop puts primary pupils centre stage in King’s Lynn

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Pupils at a Lynn primary school will be placed centre stage tonight alongside the internationally renowned Badke Quartet following a workshop inspired by one of the great classical music composers, Joseph Haydn.

Year Five and Six students from St Martha’s Primary School have been chosen to work with the King’s Lynn Festival on a journey of musical discovery which saw them joining in workshops.

Musicians from the Badke Quartet spent this week guiding 19 budding musicians through Haydn’s masterful String Quartet Opus 77 No.2 ahead of a performance at Lynn’s Arts Centre tonight.

Deputy headteacher Helen L’Estrange said: “We’re delighted to invite a professional touring string quartet into our school, and the children are very excited.

“We really value the children taking part in any musical projects.

“We’re a very musical school and we like to go for it when any opportunities like this come up.”

As well as listening to the piece, the students have been working on their own short composition of which a sample will be performed at the Badke Quartet’s concert in St George’s Guildhall tonight.

Workshop leader Jane Wells said “Its been great working with the children and the Badke Quartet.

“I think it is really 
important for the children to hear and see chamber music being played live and for an adult audience to get a taste of how youngsters can relate to it.”

The Badke Quartet, formed in 2002, is widely recognised as one of Britain’s finest string quartets.

The Quartet has received widespread acclaim for its energetic and vibrant performances.

The Quartet has worked with some of the world’s greatest string quartets and studied with members of the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne.

From 2005 to 2009 the Quartet held the Senior Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Badke Quartet regularly perform at concert halls and festivals in the UK and abroad, including Aldeburgh, Montreux, Bad Kissingen, Malmö, Mecklenburg, Ljubljana, Santander, Aix-en-Provence, Verbier Presteigne, West Cork, London’s Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, and the Musikverein in Vienna.

Badke musicians started to learn their craft at a young age, so they regularly spend time away from their busy concert schedule for educational work, helping to inspire the next generation of classical musicians.

The concert tonight, the first of King’s Lynn Festival’s Winter Season concerts, will include Ravel String Quartet in F major, Beethoven String Quartet in A minor Opus 132, as well as the Haydn String Quartet Opus 77 No.2 in F major.

Tickets are still available from the box office on 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk