Late change to King’s Lynn Festival’s final concert

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Celebrated conductor Libor Pesek has sent a message to King’s Lynn Festival organisers expressing his regret that he will miss the final night concert because of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Pesek was due to conduct the renowned Czech National Symphony Orchestra at Lynn Corn Exchange on Saturday. His place will be taken by Heiko Mathias Förster, pictured above, a much-lauded young conductor.

Libor Pesek and the Czech orchestra have proved very popular visitors on two previous appearances at Lynn Festival. The orchestra is giving just two concerts – one of them at Lynn – during their latest visit to England.

The charismatic Czech conductor, who is in his eighties, told the festival: “King’s Lynn is a place I love” and apologised for having to withdraw from the concert. He said that fracturing his breastbone in a recent road accident will prevent him from conducting for several weeks.

Förster was chief conductor of Munich Symphony Orchestra for seven years until 2006 and his career has seen him conduct all round the world.

The concert will open with the overture from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, renowned violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and the 2016 festival will conclude with Dvorak’s Symphony No 8 in G.

There are still tickets available for the final concert on Saturday at 7.30pm. Call the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk