Georgian heritage at Burney Festival in King’s Lynn

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Lynn will celebrate its Georgian heritage and one of the area’s most famous families when it holds the Burney Festival this June, with a programme of music, dance, walks, talks and more.

The festival celebrates the lives of the Burney family, most notably Dr Charles Burney, composer, musician and music historian and his daughter, renowned novelist, Frances Burney.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council cabinet member, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to reflect upon King’s Lynn’s Georgian heritage and explore the history of one of the town’s most famous families. From exhibitions and scholarly talks to guided walks and fun family events, there really is something for everyone.”

The programme, which is set to run from June 6-21, includes music, dance, guided walks, talks, a special exhibition, a family party and a Georgian banquet.

Visitors will be able to find out more about Georgian Lynn, the Burneys and their influence upon politics in Lynn at the Georgian Lynn and the Brilliant Burney Family exhibition available at King’s Lynn Custom House from June 6 to October 31.

There will be a chance to explore the legacy of the Georgians when Lynn Town Guides offer guided walks, highlighting Lynn’s fantastic Georgian architecture on June 7 and 13 at 2pm, from St Nicholas Chapel. Tickets can be purchased from the Tourist Information Centre.

Music and Masquerades, an evening of 18th-century songs and music including pieces by Handel, Haydn and others of the day at Lynn Town Hall, bringing the colour of the Georgians vividly to life on June 13 at 7pm. Tickets, which cost £15, can be purchased from Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.

A People’s Party will give youngsters the opportunity to learn the minuet, make a Baroque-inspired mask, delight in Georgian card tricks and try their hand with a diablo – a favourite toy of Georgian boys and girls. This fun family event is free to attend and will be held at Hanse House, on June 21 from 3-5pm, book by calling 01553 763044.

In the evening, Hanse House will host a candlelit Georgian-style buffet, which promises dancing, music and card magic, with Georgian dress encouraged. Tickets, which cost £12, can be purchased from Lynn Tourist Information Centre, 01553 763044.

A highlight of the festival will be the concert of English church music from the time of Charles Burney at Lynn Minster on June 21 at 7.30pm. Featuring the acclaimed choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, the concert will include performances of Burney’s anthem, Thanks be to the Lord and a performance of Handel’s celebrated Coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, which Burney is known to have performed at one of his own concerts in the church. Tickets cost £18 from the Corn Exchange Box Office.

Melissa Hawker, will explore Frances’ literary impact in her talk Fanny among the Novelists - Burney and the 18th-century novel at Lynn Museum on June 18, from 2.30pm.

For more information about the Burney Festival, visit Lynn Tourist Information Centre or go to