That’s Entertainment with Andy Tyler: Friday, May 20th

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During the highly successful visit to West Norfolk of people from Lynn’s twin town Emmerich-am-Rhein last week, I was given ideas of places I can recommend visiting and events to attend coming up in the future, so I begin this week with a few suggestions for you.

Nearby Cambridge is always worth a visit (less than an hour away on the train), and of special interest at the moment is an exhibition at the historic Cambridge University Library, celebrating it’s 600th anniversary, and featuring texts that changed the world. If that’s something that appeals, you can pay a visit at the moment, most days, and do look at the library’s website for details of times. Other exhibitions I can recommend include a first rate one at the London Library whose subject is Shakespeare, and don’t forget for all you art lovers, a visit to The National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery are always rewarding.

Let’s get outside on the river now. A very relaxing and enjoyable trip can be had on the Southern Comfort Paddle Steamer on the Norfolk Broads. The trip I took lasted about two hours and started from Horning, refreshments were available, and there was much to observe during the journey. Visit southern-comfort.co.uk the Mississippi paddle boat’s website for further information.

Lynn Male Voice Choir are always a pleasure to hear, as I did recently, and they make frequent appearances during the year with their next concert being held at Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday evening. For further details, visit the choir’s website, but if you are interested in joining the choir, the person to contact is the secretary, John O’Connell on 01553 630441.

More music! The season is now nicely under way at St John’s Church, in The Walks, of musical coffee mornings. They all start at 10.30am, with refreshments from 10am, admission is free but donations are invited. The next date for your diary is Wednesday, May 25, and features Matthew Preston on piano with Gill Smith (also on piano) and Ivan McCready on cello. Do give the concerts and coffee a try.

Another excellent series of concerts is held at All Saints’ Church, Hillington Square, Lynn, the same venue as our Hanseatic tea-time concert tomorrow at 5pm. A varied series they are, including various combinations of instruments and voices, and the first is given by The West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra to be held on Sunday, June 5, starting at 3.30pm. Entry is free, but again donations are requested. I will keep you informed of future events at both All Saints’ and St John’s.

Some things I have not mentioned in connection with this weekend’s Hanseatic celebrations are, in a Hanseatic nutshell, entertainments from Gareth Calway Hanseatic Characters which plays at The Hanse House tomorrow at 11am, 1pm and and 3pm and Bread or Blood plays Swan on the River at Littleport on Sunday and Marriott’s Warehouse, Lynn next Friday. Sounds intriguing.

Don’t forget to visit the West Norfolk Council website for all this weekend’s Hanseatic event details and visit the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra website for its concert details (previously mentioned in this column).

Let’s finish this week on a grand musical scale! The Royal Air Forces Association, King’s Lynn and District branch is presenting an RAF Big Band Concert celebrating the 90th birthday of the Queen. It’s held at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on the evening of Tuesday, June 21, at 7.30pm and all profits will go to RAFA welfare funds. It will surely be a mighty military night to remember.