Proms date for King’s Lynn Festival star

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Just weeks after giving a recital at King’s Lynn Festival pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will feature in the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

The 22-year-old, who made his Proms debut four years ago, will perform at Lynn Minster on Thursday, July 23, and in September will be the soloist playing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.

Festival chairman, Alison Croose, said: “It says something about the calibre of musicians appearing at Lynn Festival and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to witness the huge talents of this fast-rising star. Not surprisingly tickets have been in great demand.

“It is an endorsement of the quality of the Festival and the broad range of this year’s programme that there has been an increase in Festival Patrons and Friends who can enjoy priority booking and a variety of other benefits,” she said.

Two more world-famous names – pianist Freddy Kempf and trumpet player Crispian Steele-Perkins – have spoken of their eagerness to return to Lynn Festival.

Both have won many admirers on previous visits and Freddy Kempf, who is a vice-president of the Festival, said: “The Festival has given me so many wonderful memories over the years and I feel very privileged to be vice-president.”

He will be joining Flanders Symphony Orchestra on their first visit to Lynn when they give the final concert in the Corn Exchange on July 25.

“I am really looking forward to playing works by Chopin and Franck as they are real gems of the piano repertoire. I think everyone will know the Chopin – it is one of his most recognisable works,” he said.

Crispian Steele-Perkins, who will perform with the European Union Chamber Orchestra at the Corn Exchange on July 14, said: “I am greatly looking forward to a return visit to the marvellous Lynn Festival. The venues are invariably beautiful and the audiences among the warmest and friendliest I meet.

“We have a very varied programme – not only Haydn’s magnificent Trumpet Concerto but some excellent, if little-known, Handel. My ancient coach horn will get an outing in Mozart’s Posthorn Serenade, all accompanied by the superb European Union Chamber Orchestra,” he said.

The 65th Lynn Festival runs from July 12-25 with a packed programme of concerts – ranging from classical music to jazz and folk, comedy, talks, films and an exhibition.

Call the box office on 01553-764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk