There is certainly no doubt the big news over the last seven days has been Festival related.
Nationally, details of The BBC Proms emerged, and their brochure is now available. At about the same time, and of great importance to us locally, two Festivals revealed their secrets, and what delights are in store for us here in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
The 65th King’s Lynn Festival is, as we have become accustomed, packed with great things, and, as Festival chairman Alison Croose has said, the high quality performances and tradition of excellence can only be maintained thanks to the generosity of sponsors and supporters. We can look forward to a grand mixture of concerts, exhibitions, walks, talks and fringe events. It’s a fact you won’t have to go to the BBC Proms to hear performances by such artists as Benjamin Grosvenor and enjoy concerts by orchestras like The Academy of Ancient Music and The BBC Concert Orchestra as they will be here on our doorstep between July 12 and 25.
Hanseatic music will be featured during the Festival, but we don’t have to wait until July to celebrate 10 years of King’s Lynn joining The New Hanseatic League, as the other Festival I wanted to mention is The Hanse Festival, taking place over the weekend of May 16 and 17, which coincides with Hanseatic Day in Europe. As reported in Tuesday’s Lynn News there will much celebrating and some fine events taking place. I wish only to highlight three events at present. It will be possible to visit a Dutch replica ship, the Kamper Kogge (moored on The South Quay near the pontoons until Monday, May 18), it will be possible to go on Hanseatic Walks run by The King’s Lynn Town Guides (these will be “free taster” ones) and it will be possible to attend an Archaeology Symposium on Saturday, May 16 between 9.45am and 4pm at Marriott’s Warehouse. So it’s certainly all possible to celebrate the Hanse! For full details of the Symposium call 07582037301 and for details of all the Hanseatic Festival Fun visit: www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk
It’s great to hear the background story to a cool musical extravaganza featuring 60s music coming up at The Maltings Q Club in Paige Stair Lane, Lynn, on Saturday, May 9, from 2-8pm. Eddie Tann, a retired Gaywood businessman has organised the event as a big “thank you” for the care he received from the QEH and Papworth Hospital in Cambridge after having a serious heart attack.Tickets at £15 each are available from The Maltings on 01553 691081. Live music, a buffet and raffle are on offer and if you would like to donate a raffle prize call Eddie on 07769 043158.
“In Grendel’s Footsteps” is the latest exhibition (touring), at Greyfriars Art Space in St James Street, Lynn, until May 30. It consists of contemporary photography by Rebecca Hall Green and poetry by local and regional poets, taking one into the heart of the Fens. The preview is tomorrow between 6-8pm and the exhibition continues Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, with free admission.
Lastly, personal congratulations to Dr Paul Richards on being awarded the Honorary Freedom of West Norfolk. The honour is well deserved and I’m proud to count Paul as a good friend. True to form, Paul has asked me to promote a walk he is organising with a cost of £4 per person going towards the Friends of Hardwick Road Cemetery, where they are restoring monuments and opening up one of England’s best preserved Victorian cemeteries for all those interested in learning and heritage. It’s on Saturday, May 10, starting at 2pm, and Dr. Richards will meet people on the south side of the HRC opposite the lodge on Hardwick Road.