Business is brisk at King’s Lynn Festival box office

The Unthanks, who recently won best album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, are appearing at this summer's King's Lynn Festival
The Unthanks, who recently won best album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, are appearing at this summer's King's Lynn Festival
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Ticket sales for King’s Lynn Festival have got off to a flying start and organisers expect several events to be early sell-outs.

The popularity of this summer’s wide-ranging programme is reflected in brisk box office business with higher than usual sales after just three weeks of general booking.

The packed two-week programme of 30 events being staged on July 17-30 features international names from the worlds of classical music, jazz and folk plus exhibitions, films, walks and talks.

“We are delighted that public enthusiasm for the programme translated into such a high level of ticket sales as soon as the box office opened,” said Festival chairman, Alison Croose. “What is so pleasing and encouraging is that tickets are selling well for all events,” she said.

Especially popular are the concert by clarinettist Emma Johnson with the Piatti Quartet, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, and the first visit to Lynn by The Unthanks who recently won best album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Major orchestras are always a big draw and this year is no exception with the opening concert by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the final concert by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra attracting a lot of attention.

Another event causing plenty of interest is the performance of T S Eliot’s Four Quartets by actress Juliet Stevenson, cellist Guy Johnston and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Festival favourite, soprano Lesley Garrett, is set to attract audiences from far and wide. One will be travelling from Manchester especially for her concert. Supporters of award-winning folk group Lau also travel great distances to hear their music.

Adding to the variety will be jazz stars Ray Gelato and Claire Martin plus speakers including art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon, who will give two talks, one on his current Scandinavian Art project and the other on The Secrets of the Mona Lisa. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb will speak on The Wives of Henry VIII.

The Festival visits West Acre Theatre for a Sunday afternoon concert and tea. The Alauda Quartet will provide the music and the next day will launch the series of five coffee concerts in Lynn Town Hall.

Call the box office at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or book online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk. For further information, or to request a brochure call the Festival office on 01553-767557.