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THE Friends of the Music of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon are currently reaching out to various national training institutions to offer opportunities for budding professional musicians to perform in Shakespeare’s church.

This has led to students from the Royal College of Music performing in the latest Soundbites series of recitals which take place at the church every Wednesday, from 1pm to 1.30pm.

Another, major project of this initiative is the Spring Concert Series, which runs on 18th, 19th and 20th May, and has been envisaged as a modified continuation of the last spring’s Sounds for Shakespeare series.

The new series features up-and-coming professional musicians, mirroring the contents of the Soundbites recitals.

On Thursday, 18th May, baritone Laurens Macklon, a student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, will perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Op 48, accompanied by Benedict Wilson, director of music at Holy Trinity Church.

The following day Abigail Davies (cello) and Magkenzie Paget (piano) — both students at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester — will perform.

And the series will conclude with Antonio Oyarzabal (piano), of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

This series of evening concerts, taking place at 7.30pm on the successive evenings at Holy Trinity, has been conceived as a festival-like event; those who attend all three concerts receive a free glass of prosecco at the final concert. Entry is free with a retiring collection.

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