That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, December 9th

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I feel I must make some comments and observations to begin this week regarding the letter published in last Friday’s Lynn News from Peter Barker, chairman of Classical Music Rocks a new not-for-profit organisation that’s been set up to bring live classical music to all the primary school children of Lynn and North West Norfolk.

I certainly support the aims of this well worth-while organisation and urge readers to donate what they can, as requested. I also agree I should like to see and hear more live classical music of all types at Lynn Corn Exchange and straight theatre plays! However, I would also like to make the point that the excellent King’s Lynn Festival does now present live classical music and other forms of artistic entertainment for several months of the year and, of course, as I report in this column, many other organisations provide us with music of all kinds all year round. Lynn and West Norfolk is certainly not a little ‘land without music’! I do hope Peter and his organisation go from strength to strength.

And so to cinema! Yes, if you’ve not been to see those Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, do go along to your local cinema and you will find great, whacky Harry Potter-style entertainment (just right for this time of year). If something slightly different is more to your taste, look to see what live opera, ballet or theatre is being streamed at your local cinema.

I also recommend taking a look at what King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club has to offer and I notice the movie Wiener-Dog is being shown in January. Do visit www.klccc.uk for more details .

Another local organisation well worth joining is King’s Lynn Civic Society which ‘shapes the future with the best from the past’. The society is engaged in all manner of activity and holds an excellent lecture programme (the next event is on February 2, 2017). These are held at Thoresby College, South Quay, Lynn. For all enquiries please e-mail info@kingslynncivicsociety.co.uk

My choice of a panto coming up soon is The Watlington Players’ production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The standards are always high at Watlington, and so put a note in your diary for booking tickets. The dates are between January 5 and 7, with a matinee on the afternoon of the 7th. Georgia Smith produces the show. Another panto suggestion next time.

Over at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, beside the usual seasonal offerings, I do suggest a visit to see their current exhibition on Christmas in the North End. There’s a fascinating selection of exhibits and the chance to remember a close friend or loved one by marking a special Remembrance Tree. I certainly enjoyed my visit on launch day.

One of my favourite choral works is Messiah and I try to listen to a performance every year, and never tire of Handel’s masterpiece. It’s with great anticipation I await the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus’s performance of the work on Saturday week (December 17), at St Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn. The great news is Dame Emma Kirkby will be performing as well. A must for all lovers of the piece.

Lastly, some reminders and a brief round-up of coming events. Productions based on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol are being put on at Lynn’s Library (next Tuesday, 13th) and at Westacre Theatre (December 16 and 17); an organ recital is at St John’s Church, Lynn, by Paul Carman and presented by Lynn Organ Club on December 14; there is Carols around the Christmas Tree at Lynn’s Tourist Information Centre at 11am on Saturday, December 17, and tomorrow at Lynn’s bandstand in The Walks 4-6pm, local churches will be gathering. At both events refreshments will be available.