That’s Entertainment: Friday, March 6th

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If it hadn’t already, King’s Lynn has certainly gained the reputation as being a Festival Town of quality, and with the list of special events coming our way in the next few months this reputation can only grow. King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is the place to be in 2015 for all manner of entertainment, culture, and heritage inspired activity!

The King’s Lynn Festival was unveiled last week and we have another superb programme planned to entertain and stimulate us. A concert of music by Vivaldi starts the ball rolling on July 12 (performed by The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus and European Union Chamber Orchestra) and then follows a full programme of quality concerts and performances finishing up with a grand concert by The Flanders Symphony Orchestra, with top piano soloist Freddy Kempf.

Details of the Festival were featured extensively in last week’s Lynn News, but if you missed that or would like further details or how to become a friend or patron of the Festival visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk or you can call on 01553 767557.

Festival Too is also only just around the corner, but also coming up soon is a Light Festival ( six Lynn buildings having light projections) whichhas a special switching on ceremony on Friday, March 27 at 5.30pm; watch out also for events celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta signing, 10 years of Lynn being part of The New Hanseatic League and World War 2 events.

For more details the borough council’s website is one to visit. With all this going on, and planned, I feel quite exhausted already!

Don’t forget there is an excellent exhibition already on at Lynn’s TIC featuring the 1204 Charter given by King John. It can be viewed now and until Tuesday, June 30, at Lynn’s Custom House, housing the Tourist Information Centre, of course!

Mention of The King’s Lynn Festival reminds me to include details of a King’s Lynn Festival Chorus concert coming up on the evening of Saturday, March, 14 at 7.30pm.

The Minster Church is the venue and the programme includes choral music by living composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Composers such as John Rutter, John Hearne, James Macmillan, the popular Eric Whitacre and a favourite of mine: Morten Lauridsen, both from America. For tickets get in touch with Lynn’s Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.

Advance notice of a Walpole Weekend of Song coming up on the weekend of April 18-19 and 19. To whet the appetite the events take place in Walpole St. Peter’s Church and include a “Fascinating Rhythm” recital with songs by Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter at 7.30pm on the 18th (performed by Opera for a While from Boston), and on the 19th, an afternoon of English Song with the celebrated tenor Andrew Kennedy and Tim Watts at the piano, starting at 3pm. Tickets are £10 for each concert or £15 for both. Call on 01945 780468 or 01945 780568.

Lastly, a couple of art events – and I’ll try to include the theatre next time! You still have a little time to catch examples of the work of Jane Human and Sam Hall at The Bircham Gallery, Market Place, Holt until March 11, admission is free (call 01263 713312 or visit:www.birchamgallery.co.uk for details).

I have also been sent details of a “Pop- up Shop” at Greyfriars Art Space, Lynn, by local textiles artist, Inge-Lise Greaves. It’s a clearance sale with great reductions on hand- made accessories. The sale takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, between 11am and 4pm. Refreshments will be available and admission is free. Can’t be bad!