This year’s King’s Lynn Festival began in grand fashion at the weekend as an award-winning band played a fanfare in the Tuesday Market Place.
The Fairey Brass Band launched the 64th annual festival by playing the fanfare on the newly pedestrianised part of the square, as festivalgoers arrived for their concert at the Corn Exchange on Sunday evening.
Festival chairman Alison Croose said the fanfare was designed as both a taster for people attending the show and a means of telling the wider public that the popular showcase of the arts is underway.
She said: “It was symbolic to do it on the pedestrianised space, which has potential for that sort of thing.”
The Cheshire-based band opened the two-week festival shortly after returning to Britain from playing a concert in Berlin.
Mrs Croose added: “The band’s varied and lively programme proved very popular and got the Festival off to a flying start.”
Several events on the festival programme, including a concert by the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra on the final night of the programme and a performance by pianist John Lill next Thursday have already sold out.
Only a few seats remain for other events, including a talk by Coast presenter Nicholas Crane tomorrow and the performance by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and special guest Clare Teal on Friday night.
And many more shows, including the series of Coffee Concerts and the performance by the London Tango Quintet, which is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 23, are also proving to be very popular.
Other attractions over the coming days include a talk by BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Lars Tharp and two concerts by the Jubilee String Quarter, for which only a few places are left.
Mrs Croose said she was pleased with the strong public interest shown in the programme, both through advance ticket sales and people inquiring about tickets over the last few days or at the venues.
She said: “People are saying ‘We like this broad programme’.”