Renowned soprano to join NSO in King’s Lynn concert

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Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will raise the roof in their next concert at St Nicholas Chapel in Lynn on Sunday, April 2 – and the programme will feature well-known works that will suit youngsters as well as experienced listeners.

Mussorgsky’s suite Pictures at an Exhibition with its famous recurring trumpet line is one of the most famous from the Russian composer.

Originally written for piano, it was orchestrated by many composers, most notable Ravel; this is the version the NSO will play under music director, Phillip Hesketh.

The powerful descriptive work takes a journey through ten different images from an art gallery, including a bustling market in Limoges, a hut in the woods belonging to the witch Baba Yaga on its chicken legs, and finally, the Great Gate at Kiev.

The image gallery is continued with Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, with soloist Nadine Benjamin. These are musical settings of beautiful and haunting poems by German writers.

They are infused with feelings of peace, nostalgia, ending and repose. Into them Strauss poured the most fundamental aspects of his musical personality – a rainbow of orchestral colour, radiant lyricism and his life-long love affair with the soprano voice. They were completed by Strauss at the end of his life.

British lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin is a charismatic and versatile artist, increasingly in demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. Described last year in Musical Opinion as already a magnificent lyrical voice, this is a soprano who needs an opera house to take her on right now.

Her career to date includes performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and with Opéra National de Lyon. Principal roles include the title role in Aida, Cio San (Madama Butterfly), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro).

Most recently Nadine featured as Mrs Waters on BBC Radio 3’s broadcast of The Boatswain’s Mate (Smyth), a role she sang previously in a CD recording of the work (2016), in which her performance was reviewed as outstanding.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is delighted to be performing with such a highly regarded soprano on her first visit to Norfolk. The wonderful acoustic in St Nicholas’ Chapel particularly suits the occasion.

The concert, which starts at 3.30pm, will begin with Brahms Academic Festival Overture, written as a light hearted piece featuring well known student drinking songs of the time.

The NSO is committed to producing music of the highest quality, performing varied and exciting programmes and the orchestra will once again be giving away 100 free tickets to under 18s throughout this season. It is hugely encouraging for the orchestra to find that there are so many enthusiastic supporters for classical music amongst the young people of the county.

Tickets are £16 and available from the box office on 01553 764864 or on line at www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk