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As winter sets in, King’s Lynn Festival continues its Three Seasons Concert Series with a performance at the Guildhall from BBC Young Musician Mark Simpson (clarinet) with Kate Whitley (piano) tonight.

The first of three classical music concerts, Mark and Kate present a programme including sonatas by Brahms and Poulenc and Schumann’s Three Romances.

Mark won the title of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006 and then made history by becoming the first winner of both the Young Musician and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions.

The BBC commissioned him to write the opening work for the 2012 Last Night of the Proms and in 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra performs his “a mirror-fragment...” at the Barbican. This season he joins BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artist scheme as a clarinettist and gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room with premieres of works by Simon Holt and Jonathan Harvey.

The next concert in the series is at the Guildhall on February 8.

The Rautio Piano Trio, which draws together three outstanding musicians from Britain, Israel and Russia, will play music by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms.

Pianist Nikolai Demidenko, who gave an acclaimed recital at the 2010 Lynn Festival, will return to the Corn Exchange on April 12 to round off the series.

Tickets for the first two concerts are £14, Demidenko £16.50.

Subscription tickets for all three concerts are £39. Under 18s are half price.

To buy tickets, call the box office on 01553 764864.