In an exciting week, one of the events that stood out for me was without doubt the presentation of initial details of this year’s 66th King’s Lynn Festival, and it seems the Festival is even bigger and better this year – if that were possible!
Where to begin? Well, I will just mention a few highlights, and I start with, for me, a high highlight: the appearance of that great modern pianist, Angela Hewitt, famous for her interpretation of the music of J. S. Bach.
Other concerts and recitals include performances by The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (conducted by the superb Libor Pesek) and The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus.
Lack of space prevents me from mentioning more delights this week but more will follow. For more details contact The Festival Office on 01553 767557. The Festival will be held between July 17-30.
Next, here’s to you, Mrs Robinson! The King’s Lynn Players are presenting Terry Johnson’s adaptation of the famous movie The Graduate, describing the relationship between 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock and Mrs Robinson and her daughter. It will be a fascinating run, no doubt, and performances are held between Thursday-Saturday, March 17-19. They start at 7.30pm and there is a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. The show is being presented at Lynn’s Guildhall and for tickets call the box office on 01553 764864.
And now to remind you of another first class local Festival, The King’s Lynn Fiction Festival, taking place between the 11th and 13th of this month at the appropriate venue of Lynn’s Town Hall. There will be fine words to hear, books to buy and refreshments to enjoy, as well as meeting the writers attending, so visit the Festival website on http://www.lynnlitfests.com for all the details.
If you fancy something romantic, why not try a performance of Bruckner’s lush Symphony No. 4 subtitled (yes, you’ve guessed it), The Romantic. The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra are including it in their concert at St Nicholas’ Chapel on the afternoon of Sunday, March 20, at 3.30pm. There should be 100 free tickets available for young people and, a bonus at the concert, will be a performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Philippa Barton; the orchestra will be directed by popular maestro Philip Hesketh. Call 01553 764864 for tickets and visit www.nso-uk.co.uk for news about the orchestra.
And so to art, but not the unchained sort, perhaps. Lorraine Bewick’s exhibition of oil paintings is currently on show at Greyfriar’s Art Space in Lynn, entitled Changing Vista and, being inspired by the Norfolk coastline, will be of special interest to local art lovers – and visitors. Lorraine’s work is on display until March 12 and entry is free. The Art space is open 10am-5pm.
The evening of Wednesday, March 16 is set for a recital by baritone Timothy Nelson, hosted by King’s Lynn Music Society at Lynn’s Town Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Refreshment is available from 7pm and you can, as always, expect high standards from the musicians involved. Visit the society’s website for details.
With the Oscar results still ringing in my ears today (and what a great set of films honoured), I am reminded to mention a rare chance to see and hear, at a participating cinema near you, a performance of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, an opera relay from The Royal Opera House, on the evening of March 21, starting at 7.15pm. With Bryn Terfel and Antonio Pappano featured it’s going to be great. Certainly, the Majestic Cinema in Lynn will be presenting it that evening.