Schoolchildren’s classical music treat at Fressingfield

About 100 school children were given their own special performance by a world-famous string quartet as a small north Suffolk village launched its seventh annual music festival.

The five-night Fressingfield Music Festival, near Harleston, began yesterday with an Education Day aimed at giving local children an introduction to live classical music.

The youngsters – from primary schools including Garboldisham, Fressingfield and Mendham – listened intently and were eager to ask questions as the renowned Chilingirian Quartet, known as The Chilis, put on a mini concert at the Church of St Peter and St Paul.

Paul Carroll, artistic director of the festival, said: 'The idea is to introduce children to live classical music. We get them to listen, ask questions and generally introduce them to this type of music.'

This year's festival – which will run until Saturday – features pianist Timothy End, vocal ensemble Vox Cantare, jazz group Elaine Delmar and the Brian Dee Trio, and The Commonwealth Soloists.

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