Coffee Concerts

During the first week of the Festival, we present six free Coffee Concerts, with a wide variety of music; details are listed below.

Running from Monday 25th to Saturday 30th July, all concerts take place in the St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton. They start at 10.15am.

Admission is free, with a retiring collection at the end of each concert.

Berry’s Coffee House will provide tea, coffee and home-made biscuits after all concerts, with proceeds going to Mayfair Community Centre.

We will have programme details here nearer the time.

Double Bass recital by Patrick Phillip

St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Double Bass recital by Patrick Phillip
Patrick grew up in Shropshire, and now lives in Wellington, where he works as a freelance double bassist. He is also involved in creative projects, including video performances using a range of improvisation, composition, electronics and visual effects. He has been appointed Musician in Residence with the Paraorchestra in collaboration with Sky Arts. His programme, in which he will accompanied by Richard Walker, will range from music of the 18th century to tangos by Piazzolla.
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Viola recital by Rosa Bonnin

St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Viola recital by Rosa Bonnin
Rosa played for us in 2019, when she was studying at Wells Cathedral School. She is currently in her second year studying music at Oxford University. A usual day involves practising her viola in the college chapel, reading around a subject, writing essays or enjoying meals with friends. Studying under Matthew Souter, former professor at the Royal Academy of Music, she continues her instrumental studies alongside the academic work of Oxford. Aside from music, Rosa loves to draw and paint, and is head of the creative team in a student magazine, as well as Arts Representative for her college.
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Guitar recital by Frederick Lawton

St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Guitar recital by Frederick Lawton
Initially an electric guitarist, Frederick, who played for us in 2017, decided to move to classical guitar whilst already at university studying popular music and jazz. He has quickly established himself as a player with a rare understanding and an ability to project a sound which freely shows all the colours of the instrument. After studying with Craig Ogden at the RNCM and Graham Anthony Devine at Trinity Laban, he is now under Paolo Pegoraro at The Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone.
Frederick is involved with many guitar festivals, teaches in London, and is working on a three-time Covid-postponed debut album.
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Piano duets played by Gill Styles and Richard Walker

St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Piano duets played by Gill Styles and Richard Walker
Gill and Richard have been playing duets together since 2015. They have given concerts nearly 40 times in Shropshire, Worcester and Cheshire, and are regular performers at the Arts Festival. Their programme this year will include music by Mozart, Dvorak, Debussy, Albeniz with a really lively ending: Pas Redoublé by Saint-Saëns.
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Music for large wind ensemble

St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Music for large wind ensemble
We are fortunate to have many talented wind players in this area, and 13 of them are getting together to allow us hear Richard Strauss’s Serenade. This will be paired with the rarely-heard Dectet (composition for 10 players!) by Joachim Raff (pictured). It is music well worth listening to. Performances are rare because of the problems of getting the players together – not because the music is weak!
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Branded Rogues

St Laurence's Church

10.15am

FREE

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Branded Rogues
Ed Drury and Brian Stone got together in 2018. They each had many years’ playing experience, professionally and semi-professionally, but wanted to enjoy collaborating in a variety of styles.
Brian, a classically trained musician, with an unusually varied fiddling career, has performed in the UK and overseas. He’s been involved in a broad range of television, radio and theatre projects.
Ed played in club, theatre and swing bands, and has backed many cabaret artists. During the past twenty years he’s played in ceilidh bands and sung choral music in local choirs.
The Branded Rogues repertoire embraces music from many genres: baroque to jazz, folk to pop… with a few songs thrown in.
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