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King's Lynn show must go on despite last minute change and lost shoes

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The show went on last night at St George's Guildhall after some last minute changes to the programme that were unexpected yet skilfully managed by festival director Ambrose Miller.

Originally due to perform as part of the festival was the Skampa Quartet who, due to illness and the cellist breaking a limb, had to be rapidly replaced.

In their place came the Piatto Quartet but not without a couple of hiccups getting to Lynn.

Covid vaccinations are now being delivered from the St George's Guildhall (57969095)
Covid vaccinations are now being delivered from the St George's Guildhall (57969095)

One musician's bag was unfortunately left on the train which meant his shoes had travelled on without him, so he played in stockinged feet.

The music scores were also somehow misplaced but this did not deter from the professionalism of the four players.

With a programme featuring the works of composers Purcell, Borodin and Dvoŵék the quartet were note perfect , clearly having practised their scales at short notice an a pin could have been heard to drop in the moving and nuanced pieces.

With accented pieces, plucking of violin strings, like tuneful birdsong echoing each other, the melodies swept over the discerning music lovers in the audience, who all knew, unlike myself, the correct places in which to clap.

The musicians had an easy rapport with each other, and it is this that makes live classical music so intimate, almost caressing the audience, particularly the deep notes of the cello and its mournful sound.

Lesley Bambridge, borough mayor, said: "I am adoring it and the beautiful pieces of music.

"I am a lover of classical music and the intimacy of a string quartet, we are so lucky to have the festival here which I am a supporter of."

Last night's quartet featured Michal Trainor, violin but no shoes, Rebecca Chan, violin, Sasha Bota, viola and Jessie Ann Richardson, cello.

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