That’s Entertainment: Friday, March 20th

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It’s certainly great news to have confirmed that Sir Simon Rattle has been named as chief conductor of The London Symphony Orchestra, adding flair and innovation to the musical life of this country.

Having just celebrated his 60th birthday it will be interesting to see how his performances and interpretations mature in future years. I certainly remember a superb concert conducted by him I attended at The Barbican, and you never know, he may help to encourage the building of a new state-of-the-art concert hall in London for the generations to come.

We, in West Norfolk, don’t have to go far to hear excellent orchestral concerts, and the next Norfolk Symphony Orchestra concert is on Sunday, 3.30pm at Lynn Corn Exchange. The orchestra’s concerts under musical director Philip Hesketh have become more ambitious and varied in recent times and the concert this time is no exception, including as its main work Shostakovich’s mighty Symphony No. 10, a subtle, multi-layered work. The programme also includes Rossini’s Semiramide Overture and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (his second to be composed, I think!), the soloist being Reinis Zarins. With that combination it’s got to be a marvellous musical event, so call on 01553 764864 for tickets or visit the orchestra’s website for further details. Free tickets for under 18s may still be available.

If you are in the mood for some decent British thrills perhaps going to see King’s Lynn Players’ next production will fit the bill! Francis Durbridge’s play Deadly Nightcap is on the menu, directed by Christina Attridge, and the play is being presented at Lynn’s Arts Centre between Thursday, March 26, and Saturday, March 28. There are nightly performances at 7.30pm and a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 from the box office on 01553 764864.

Great to hear St.Edmund’s Community Foundation School in North Lynn has been judged “good” by Ofsted, no mean achievement, so well done all there and I should point out the public are invited to fortnightly car boot fairs as well as a fun day later in the summer.It’ s good to report good news!

I have been re-reading some of Sir Terry Pratchett’s work in his memory. Some of the Disc World Series, of course, but the sad news of his death reminds me to encourage people in the local community to read, and if you want to read and share the same books at the same time with others why not go and visit Gaywood Library from March 23 and get copies of the books chosen to share? For more details call on 01553 768498.

Don’t forget this weekend the craft fair of the year is at Sandringham! There will be crafts of all sorts on display, regular demonstrations and a full programme of arena events. Please note the Fair takes place in Sandringham Park and not the Visitor Centre. If you want to use use your SatNav then submit PE35 6EN as the postcode, then follow the signs to the entrance to the park.

A brief reminder of the Diana Bullock Memorial Lecture coming up next Wednesday evening, March 25, when our popular local historian Dr Paul Richards will be talking on The Medieval Wash Ports and the Hanseatic League. Lynn’s Town Hall is the venue and tickets are £7.50, including a glass of wine. For tickets or more details call on 01553 776632 or pop into the Tourist Information Centre (01553 763044).

Lastly, there may be tickets left to support The Help for Heroes campaign tomorrow evening. A hog roast, disco and raffle will make up the event at West Lynn Sports and Social Club. Evening wear, please; tickets £10 and you should call on 07713934394.