From time to time in the column I praise our marvellous Norfolk churches, but as a conclusion to my recent German trip I must just recommend a visit to two superb German cathedrals, if you are in the locality.
Aachen Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church traditionally known as the Cathedral of Aix-la-Chapelle and has a particularly ornate and awe-inspiring interior. Cologne Cathedral, also Roman Catholic, and the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, is as famous as it is imposing on your approach. However, if you are not visiting Germany any time soon, there is much to appreciate and enjoy on our doorstep when it comes to our own ecclesiastical heritage.
On my return to England I was lucky enough to visit the Royal Festival Hall where BBC Radio 3, known initially as The Third Programme, is celebrating 70 years of broadcasting. Sound Frontiers is the title of the celebrations, including live broadcasts from the station’s red ‘pop-up’ studio (today is their last day) and I was present when Rob Cowan was hosting his Essential Classics Show and met Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Anoushka, being interviewed for the Composer of the Week series with Donald Macleod. I recommend the book by Humphrey Carpenter about the station which was published when it celebrated its 50th birthday, entitled The Envy of the World. Entertaining and educating, what a combination!
It’s coming to the time when many books are published in readiness for the winter and Christmas trading period and many bookshops are holding ‘Books are my Bag’ events. Our local Waterstones in Lynn will be joining in the fun tomorrow so why not pay them a visit and ‘bag a book’ or two?
Greyfriars Art Space has been in touch and is notifying us about a new exhibition entitled: BellArtLabs - New and Ongoing Explorations. This opens tomorrow evening and continues to October 22 and showcases work of local and international artists working in multi- media. The opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Sounds fascinating.
An art workshop with Karen Whiterod is planned for Saturday, October 15, from 1.30-6.30pm at Providence Street Community Centre. Fees are modest and in order to book, email or phone Sally Tily on 01945 780147 or email@example.com It’s a Climate Change Art Workshop presented by Footprint Arts with KLimate Concern.
Although we are spoilt for choice in West Norfolk for chamber music recitals and concerts, if you are nearer to the Norwich area or visiting it, don’t forget the prestigious series of chamber concerts that is the Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music Concerts Winter Series. Angela Hewitt, the world-famous pianist, gave the first recital, and the next is being held on Saturday, October 22. For all the details visit norwichchambermusic.co.uk
Don’t forget the King’s Lynn Sinfonia concert at Lynn’s Minster Church tomorrow at 7.30pm, when King’s Lynn Sinfonia present Requiem by John Rutter, with the Minster Choir and chorus members of West Norfolk Gilbert & Sullivan Society. There will also be a guest appearance by the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra, playing the True’s Yard Suite and a fun Sci-Fi suite as well as joining with the organ for an arrangement of Nun Danket Alle Gott, arranged by the conductor, Michael Hankinson. Tickets £7 on the door children under 16 free.
Lastly, on a lighter note, an evening with John Challis (Boycie, from Only Fools and Horses), recalling numerous moments in his entertaining career sounds just the ticket. He entertains this Sunday at Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre, 7.30pm.