King’s Lynn Festival line-up packed with top names

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The King’s Lynn Festival will have a rousing start on Sunday, July 13 with a brass spectacular staged by the Fairey Band, one of the world’s finest brass bands.

The concert will include the premiere of a short, specially-commissioned piece marking cultural links between Lynn and Amiens in France.

As well as marking the start of the Great War 100 years ago the Festival will also mark the death 200 years ago of Charles Burney, the distinguished musical historian who was church organist at St Margaret’s, Lynn, for nine years.

He will be celebrated with a special Burney Day on July 19 when Dr Peter Sabor will talk about the musician and historian’s friendship with Dr Johnson. English Concert’s performance will trace Burney’s travels round Europe and an organ recital will include some of his music.

The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert, remembering the Festival’s founder, will be given by the Navarra String Quartet at St George’s Guildhall on July 17. Pianist John Lill will return to play music by Mozart, Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven on July 24 and King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will perform Brahm’s Requiem on July 20.

After her sell-out Lynn Festival concert two years ago jazz singer Clare Teal will be back as special guest of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on July 18. Another artist making a welcome return to Lynn will be guitarist Craig Ogden who will appear with London Tango Quintet on July 23.

The Jubilee String Quartet will launch the Festival’s popular series of five morning coffee concerts at Lynn Town Hall on July 21. But first they will perform an afternoon concert at Park House, Sandringham, on July 20.

Antiques Roadshow ceramics expert Lars Tharp will give an illustrated lecture on the importance of Living Up to One’s Teapot on July 21.

Renaissance wind band Blondel will celebrate the joys of summer at All Saints Church on July 22 and Contemporary Consort will feature works by eminent British composer David Matthews who will also talk about his music on July 14.

During the final concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on July 26 acclaimed Bulgarian cellist Michael Petrov will perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Brian Schembri will conduct Brahm’s Second Symphony to bring down the curtain on the 2014 Festival.

The Festival exhibition will feature work by West Norfolk Artists’ Association in the Fermoy Gallery at Lynn Arts Centre. The Festival is also supporting an exhibition in the Custom House focussing on Charles Burney.

Two films, The Red Violin and Oh! What a Lovely War are being shown in partnership with Lynn Community Film Club.

Call the box office on 01553 764864, visit or call the festival office on 01553-767557.