Box office opens for King’s Lynn Festival

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King’s Lynn Festival organisers are expecting ticket sales to get off to a flying start when the box office for this year’s event, being staged on July 13-26, opens on Monday.

There has already been much public enthusiasm for this summer’s wide-ranging programme and there was a queue outside the Corn Exchange when priority booking started last Monday.

High levels of interest were reflected in brisk box office business as concert-goers snapped up tickets to see and hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist John Lill, Clare Teal with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Fairey Brass Band, the Orchestra of St John’s, guitarist Craig Ogden (pictured) with The London Tango Quintet and cabaret duo, Kit and McConnel.

“We have already received a lot of positive comments about the great breadth of interest in the programme and anticipate that enthusiasm will be translated into a busy box office,” said Festival chairman, Alison Croose.

“For many the highlight of the festival is to hear and see a major orchestra. As well as the RPO this year there will also be the Orchestra of St John’s and English Concert to enjoy. Lots of people tell us how much they look forward to hearing a brass band and this year, for the first time, we feature the prize-winning Fairey Band.

“John Lill has built up a following at Lynn and we look forward to his return, and we will also welcome back guitarist Craig Ogden and jazz singer Clare Teal who have both given sell-out festival concerts at Lynn in recent years,” Mrs Croose said.

Adding to the variety of entertainment will be big names with strong Norfolk links. Kit Hesketh-Harvey and pianist James McConnel, who have both lived in Norfolk for many years, have promised plenty of local flavour in their Lynn cabaret performance on July 25.

Geographer and BBC Coast presenter Nicholas Crane will talk about his first solo adventure as a 14-year-old schoolboy living near Norwich. His destination happened to be King’s Lynn! His talk, Maplines, to be given on July 16 in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society, will focus on the fascination with and importance of maps and include many anecdotes relating to his travels and adventures.

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