That’s Entertainment by Andy Tyler

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It was great for me the other evening to chill, switch on the radio and tune in (of course), to BBC Radio 3, and hear a live broadcast of Donizetti’s acclaimed comic opera L’elisir d’amore with a stella cast including Lucy Crowe and Bryn Terfel live from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. I thoroughly enjoyed the broadcast of this popular opera with its story combining love and laughter and the sparkling score, but realised if I had been free earlier in the week I could have seen and heard the opera streamed live from Covent Garden at the Majestic in Lynn. These live screenings have now become well established nationwide and also include performances from The English National Opera, Old Vic and National Theatre. Details of forthcoming productions are available on the Majestic’s website or you can apply to have a regular cinema newsletter sent to your computer or tablet.It’s not just the current blockbusters on offer at cinemas these days as special events and screenings are becoming more frequent,

Carol concerts and services are being held regularly now and I should like to recommend a concert coming up at True’s Yard Museum next Friday, December 12, starting at 7.30pm. Members of Lynn Male Voice Choir will be singing, and seasonal refreshments will be available. Tickets are £5 and proceeds go towards the museum; call on 01553 770479 for more details.

I must mention briefly a short carol event I attended recently at Lynn’s Town Hall. Cllr Avril Wright directed a newly-formed choir consisting of councillors and council employees. All participating gave their all and the standard was really quite high, so well done council.

Still on a council and Christmas theme don’t forget the Custom House is being lit up by a new festive light show this time inspired by Frederick Savage starting at about 4pm and finishing around 10pm, continuing into the New Year.

Over at Westacre Theatre I notice a production coming up with a non-Christmas plot, a new stage adaptation by Andy Naylor of The Secret Garden being presented by the company and directed by Hayley Roberts. This is from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20, and tells the story of a lonely, troubled, little girl staying with her uncle in Yorkshire and discovering a secret garden, locked up for many years. Call the theatre on 01760 755 800 for further details or book on-line at www.westacretheatre.com

Now for details of two talks – both at Marriott’s Warehouse on Lynn’s South Quay . This Sunday between 3-4pm Julian Litten will give a free talk on the Health Lottery Fund restoration of the Hardwick Road Cemetery tombs, entitled “Raising The Dead”. Although there is no entrance fee for this interesting talk, donations are welcomed.

Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences will be holding their next meeting next Wednesday, December 10, starting at 7.30pm. Chris Gutteridge, Chief Waite, will lecture on The Waites of King’s Lynn, with musical illustrations on early instruments. You should call on 01553 818500 for further details.

There’s a lot happening at St Nicholas Church and church hall in Dersingham today, tomorrow and Sunday, with a Christmas Tree Festival, Christmas market and a fundraising concert by the Bilton Silver Band tomorrow evening. For the times and for further details, check the fundraising and concerts sections in the listings on pages 104-105.

Details of another Christmas Tree Festival, this time at St. Faith’s in Gaywood between December 12 and 15, and many other festive events in the area will be coming up next time.