King’s Lynn Music Society hosts special Charles Burney lecture

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Lynn Music Society has arranged a special lecture this Wednesday on Charles Burney.

It will be given by Peter Marchbank, a local man who has conducted orchestras around the world, and who spent 21 years in the music department of the BBC with the last 13 as senior producer of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

As usual, Lynn Town Hall is the venue with doors open from 7pm, and the meeting starting at 7.30pm; visitors welcome for £8.50 at the door, free to under 18s, full time students and those with affiliation to FRMS.

This year will mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Charles Burney who was the first great musical historian in the English language.

For nine years he was the organist of St Margaret’s Church (the Minster) and taught music in the borough and in the great houses of West Norfolk. He organised subscription concerts in the Town Hall as well as in Fakenham, Swaffham and Wisbech.

Much of what we know of his life comes from the memoirs of his daughter Fanny.

Peter Marchbank has discovered new evidence to show that it was while Burney was in King’s Lynn that he was inspired to write his great History of Music.

The lecture will describe his upbringing and education, his acceptance into aristocratic circles, his travels in Europe, his life in London and achievements of his children.