Special concert to mark St Nick’s reopening

The world-famous Fairey Band will play at the new-look St Nicholas Chapel
The world-famous Fairey Band will play at the new-look St Nicholas Chapel

The 65th King’s Lynn Festival ends this weekend – but another major event is already planned for October in the new-look St Nicholas Chapel.

The Festival is set to stage the first major concert in the chapel following its re-opening after major repairs and alterations.

The brass band music of the world-famous Fairey Band will capitalise on the chapel’s renowned acoustic when Fanfare for St Nick’s is staged on Saturday, October 17, at 6.30pm.

Festival chairman, Alison Croose, said: “Unfortunately the Festival had to shelve its original plans to use the chapel this summer because of the complexity and length of the major building works being carried out.

“But we are very keen to stage the first major concert in the new phase of the chapel’s history because the building has always been such an important venue for the Festival and the setting for so many memorable concerts.”

The programme will include Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March and Nimrod, Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King and Tchaikovsky’s March Slav.

To make the occasion extra special, the concert will open with a fanfare, especially composed by East Anglian musician Tim Watts and performed by the band’s musicians.

Adrian Parker, chairman of the Friends of St Nicholas’ Chapel, said: “The Churches Conservation Trust and the Friends welcome the Festival’s restarting the musical programme which will remind us of the wonderful acoustic which is renowned among musicians who have played and recorded in the building. The Fairey Band will set the scene for new community uses and events.”

Tickets for Fanfare for St Nick’s will go on sale at True’s Yard Museum, North Street, Lynn on August 4, from 10am-4pm or call 01553-770479, or call the Festival office on 01553-767557.

*Lynn Festival will be staging free entertainment in Lynn town centre tomorrow in conjunction West Norfolk Council. King’s Lynn Festival Chorus, Springwood Band, folk street band Hoofbeat, a wind band and special entertainment for children will be staged around the town during the day.