A world-class Festival fortnight in King’s Lynn

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King’s Lynn Festival audiences can look forward to memorable concerts by world-class musicians during the forthcoming feast of music and the arts, said artistic director Ambrose Miller.

He said the programme of more than two dozen events being staged on July 13-26 will maintain the Festival’s tradition of excellence.

One shining example is The Orchestra of St John’s which will be at the Minster Church (St Margaret’s) on Tuesday July 15.

The orchestra will be conducted by its founder John Lubbock whose aim is that they should “not be exclusive but the music we perform should be for everyone”.

Mr Miller said the OSJ programme would include Tchaikovsky’s “wonderfully romantic” Serenade for Strings.

“The work will be fascinating to hear alongside Mendelssohn’s youthful Violin Concerto performed by outstanding young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky,” Mr Miller said.

On Thursday, July 17, the Navarra String Quartet, described by Mr Miller as “one of the best young string quartets in the world” who have played at many major international venues, will be at St George’s Guildhall.

Their international reputation is especially appropriate as they will present the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert in memory of the Festival’s founder.

The musicians are from England and the Netherlands and met at the Royal Northern College of Music. Their programme will include Schubert’s Quartet, Death and the Maiden.

The 100-strong King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will perform Brahms Requiem at the Corn Exchange on Sunday July 20.

They will sing the London version of the requiem to mark the start of the Great War and the tragic loss of those who died in the conflict.

Music director Tom Appleton described the work as “a real tour de force”. He said: “From the exciting, high energy fugues which show the marvels of living, to the reflective mourning of Brahms’ own mother, this hour-long piece takes the performer and listener through a full range of emotions. This is a Requiem for the people. It shows the huge complexities of grief, but also reminds us to cling on to hope,” he said.

The chorus will be accompanied by piano four hands with John Byron and Anna Le Hair. The soloists will be Elenor Bowers-Jolley (soprano) and Gareth Brynmore John (baritone). The chorus will also perform Schultz Psalm 84 and Brahms Vier Ernste Gesange.

Eminent British composer David Matthews will be at the Contemporary Consort event on Monday, July 14, at Lynn Town Hall.

He will talk about his inspiration and work to artistic director Ambrose Miller before the Consort’s performance of three pieces of his music plus works by other composers.

The wide-ranging Festival opens with a brass spectacular by the Fairey Band and includes a talk by Antiques Roadshow ceramics expert Lars Tharp, Renaissance Music by Blondel, and comedy cabaret from Kit and McConnel.

For more information visit the website www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk, call the box office on 01553 764864 or call the Festival office on 01553 767557.