Preview: Upcoming classical concerts

Simon ParkinVEYA SAXOPHONE QUARTETWymondham Abbey, June 20, �10 adv/�12 door (�2/�4 under-18s), 01953 601939, One of the highlights of this year's Wymondham Music Festival, this award-winning group is regarded as one of the UK's leading chamber ensembles.Simon Parkin


Wymondham Abbey, June 20, �10 adv/�12 door (�2/�4 under-18s), 01953 601939,

One of the highlights of this year's Wymondham Music Festival, this award-winning group is regarded as one of the UK's leading chamber ensembles.

They have many acclaimed recitals in UK and America, and have played at several premi�res. Their debut album, Homemade - Six British Composers, features contemporary musicians and has received much praise.

This concert in the magnificent surroundings of Wymondham Abbey will be a special part of the 2009 Festival. The group will play a fascinating mix of music, including Pachelbel's famous Canon, Scot Joplin's Entertainer and much more, both familiar and unusual.

As well as the concert, Veya will also be hosting a saxophone workshop in the Abbey Hall from 2pm-4pm, the perfect opportunity to dust down your saxophone and be inspired. Participants are recommended to be Grade 3 standard or above. For more details or top book a place, price �5, call: 01953 601939 or email

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King of Hearts, June 27, �12, 01603 611412,

Lovers of early music will be aware that the King of Hearts in Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, has been promoting concerts since the late 1980s.

The director of the King of Hearts, Aude Gotto, has with her harpsichord-making husband Alan have built up an enviable reputation that puts them firmly at the helm of the early music scene.

The venue will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in October. And leading up to this milestone a number of fundraising events are planned to raise money to enable this well-loved venue to continue to attract top-quality baroque players to Norwich.

The first of these concerts features acclaimed Oxfordshire early music trio Musical Banquet - Adrian Boorman (counter-tenor), Tricia McLaughlin (viola da gamba) and Malcolm Pearce (harpsichord) - making their first visit to the venue.

They'll play an attractive and entertaining programme comprising works by Dowland, Purcell and Lawes.

The quality of performance has always been at the central to the programming and to this end the celebrated baroque trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins - along with King of Hearts regulars, The Brook Street Band - will be featured in the October festival.


St Andrew's Hall, June 27, �13-�15 (�5 under-18s), 01603 628319

Conducted by Peter Britton, the Norwich Phil play a programme including Manuel Da Falla's Dances from The Three-Cornered Hat, Dvo?�k's Carnaval Overture and Prodofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite, plus two Saint Sa�ns pieces with violin soloist Zoe Beyers.

Zo� Beyers (pictured) was born in South Africa, and began violin lessons at the age of six with Noel Travers. Since her debut aged 11 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo J�rvi, she has performed throughout South Africa and the UK with many distinguished conductors.

In 2002, she received huge critical acclaim after performing with the St Petersburg Philharmonic in the opening concert of the St Petersburg Musical Olympus Festival.

More recently she has performed as a soloist with the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, the Hounslow Symphony Orchestra and the Cape Town Concert Orchestra, and gave a solo performance at the ENO Coliseum for the opening of the Cheltenham Music Festival.

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