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REVIEW: Paddington Trio entertain at King’s Lynn Town Hall

Review: Lynn Festival Coffee Concert – Paddington Trio

It came as no surprise that The Lynn Festival’s Autumn Series got off to a cracking start with an exhilarating coffee concert recital given by the memorably named Paddington Trio. Tuulia Hero, violin, Patrick Moriarty, cello and Stephanie Tang, piano, started their first adventure together at Paddington Station during the pandemic in 2020, and since then have developed into a popular, up and coming ensemble.

This prizewinning Trio has performed widely, and are recent graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; they have several inspiring musical mentors and have worked with the famous composer Thomas Ades. They have appeared on YLE Radio (Finland), and BBC Radio 3’s, In Tune; the beginnings of a very successful career.

Paddington Trio, from left: Stephanie Tang (piano), Patrick Moriarty (cello) and Tuulia Hero (violin)
Paddington Trio, from left: Stephanie Tang (piano), Patrick Moriarty (cello) and Tuulia Hero (violin)

Their Lynn Festival recital consisted of two fine piano trios, Haydn’s Trio in C major, H.XV :27, (his 43rd), a late piece, dating from his second visit to London, in 1797, and Schubert’s second, a magical masterpiece in E flat major, Op. 100, D929, a very late work dated, November 1827.

The trio’s passionate and virtuosic performances, warmly received by the full audience, suited the many musical contrasts within the pieces, the mood changing from lively, lyrical and humorous, ( especially in the Haydn), to serious, solemn and charming at times in the Schubert.

This popular concert at Lynn’s historic Town Hall ended with a contemporary piece entitled: Shining Through by Ellen Lindquist , enjoyed by the intrigued audience.

Thanks to the Funders: West Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council for their support, Ridout’s for supplying the cakes, and all volunteers and the Festival itself for another successful and enjoyable Autumn event; we look forward to the next coffee concert at the Town Hall, to be given by pianist Yuzhang Li, on Friday, November 10. Doors open 10.30am, coffee and cakes available, and music starts 11am.

Andy Tyler

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