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Classical music with espresso on the side

COFFEE CONCERT: Emma Sholl, flautist and Paul Dean, clarinettist at Zentveld‚ Coffee Roastery in Newrybar held their first ever Coffee Concert, during the 2014 Bangalow Music Festival.
COFFEE CONCERT: Emma Sholl, flautist and Paul Dean, clarinettist at Zentveld‚ Coffee Roastery in Newrybar held their first ever Coffee Concert, during the 2014 Bangalow Music Festival. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

A SMALL crowd of classical music enthusiasts were treated to an intermittent performance among the coffee plants at Newrybar.

Setting up in a space that is usually used for barista training at Zentveld's Coffee plantation, the Coffee Concert also featured conversations with the musicians about the pieces they were playing.

The concert MC and interviewer was John Crawford from ABC Classic FM, who said it was becoming a popular format at boutique festivals.

"People seem to like it, to get up close to the musicians rather than being 100 miles away in a big concert hall. And you get to know something about the musicians and what inspires them," he said.

Tania Frazer plays oboe with the Southern Cross Soloists, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre's ensemble in residence, and is also the creative director of the Bangalow Music Festival.

She said Rebecca and John Zentveld had formed a close relationship with the festival, running the festival cafe for about 15 years and providing much needed caffeine to tired musicians.

To help celebrate Zentveld's 21st anniversary since they started roasting beans on the farm, Rebecca thought it would be nice to see if they could host their own concert.

"They asked us to come out and do something and it is just stunning here," Ms Frazer said.

The Southern Cross Soloists selected a variety of works from Mozart, Villa Lobos, Benjamin Britain and more.

Bangalow Music Festival

The festival continues all weekend.

There are five concerts being held at the Bangalow A&I Hall on Saturday.

On Sunday there is a morning concert at the Bangalow A&I Hall from 11am and a concert at St Kevin's Cathedral from 3pm.

For program and ticket information, go to southernxsoloists.com.

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