The broad appeal of next month’s King’s Lynn Festival is reflected in good ticket sales for the two dozen events being staged from July 13 to 26.
“Several events, including the final night concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the piano recital by John Lill and the Jubilee Quartet concert at Park House, Sandringham, have sold out already,” said Festival chairman Alison Croose.
“The great interest in all events reflects public enthusiasm for the broad appeal of the programme and we anticipate more sell-outs by the time the Festival starts on July 13,”she added.
Lovers of brass band music can hear the prize-winning Fairey Band on their first visit to Lynn when they will get the Festival off to a rousing start at the Corn Exchange.
Their stirring programme will include Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Walton’s Crown Imperial and other favourites from the brass band repertoire.
The first week of the festival will include three major names from the classical music world.
On July 15 the renowned Orchestra of St John’s will be at King’s Lynn Minster (St Margaret’s) where its founder John Lubbock will conduct the orchestra in a programme including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto No 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
Mr Lubbock and the orchestra’s musicians do a lot of work with children with disabilities who gain great benefit from live music so while they are in Lynn they will spend some time with pupils at Churchill Park School.
The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert, in memory of the Festival’s founder, will this year be given in St George’s Guildhall on July 17 by the Navarra String Quartet which has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today.
The quartet, whose members are from England and the Netherlands, met while they were studying at the Royal Northern College of Music and formed the ensemble 12 years ago. They have appeared at venues throughout the world and their programme will include music by Mozart, Borodin and Schubert.
The English Concert, with its reputation for inspiring performances, will present the major concert in the Minster on July 19 which is Charles Burney Day marking the 200th anniversary of the death of the famed musician and composer who was organist at St Margaret’s Church, Lynn, for nine years.
Dr Burney went on to write a History of Music and the programme will reflect his journeys across Europe while he gathered material for the book which made him famous.
There will be a talk by Peter Sabor, a world authority on Burney, who will also reflect on Burney’s friendship with Dr Johnson.
The day will end with organ music in the Minster – some of it composed by Burney – performed by John Butt on the Snetzler organ which Burney commissioned.
Adding variety to the Festival programme will be a performance of Brahms’ Requiem by the Lynn Festival Chorus at the Corn Exchange on July 20, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra with singer Clare Teal on July 18 and a talk by Antiques Roadshow personality and ceramics expert Lars Tharp at the Guildhall on July 21.
Comedy cabaret duo Kit Hesketh-Harvey and James McConnel will entertain with their witty, topical songs at the Guildhall on July 25.
Tickets for events are available from the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864, visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk or call the Festival office on 01553-767557.