The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert

ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Festvial: King's Lynn Town Hall


There could have been no more fitting tribute to King's Lynn Festival founder Ruth Lady Fermoy than this performance by exceptional young musicians.

The concert summed up Lady Fermoy's aims when she established the festival 53 years ago – to bring music of the highest quality to West Norfolk and to provide a platform for rising stars, as well as established figures, in the classical music world.

The series of six highly successful coffee concerts have achieved this goal in displaying the burgeoning talents of a succession of gifted young performers, not least the ConTempo String Quartet who have been this year's artists-in-residence.

On this occasion the quartet teamed up with clarinet player Sara Temple for Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor. It was difficult to believe that Sara had not met the quartet until their rehearsal the day before as they gelled so well, doing full credit to the much-acclaimed work for clarinet although the instrument has an equal role.

The quartet, from Romania, then played Janacek's romantic Intimate Letters in their inimitable spirited style with their body language highlighting their sensitivity for the music.

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