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King's Lynn Festival autumn schedule called off

King’s Lynn Festival will not be able to stage any concerts this autumn, as had been hoped, because of social-distancing regulations.

But the festival board has arranged for some small-scale concerts to be staged and recorded without audiences in three established festival venues in Lynn – The Minster, All Saints Church and the Town Hall – during October. They will be streamed later this year and early next year.

Plans to stage the 70th King’s Lynn Festival next month have also been dropped in favour of it being held at the Fermoy Gallery and Red Barn at King Street next spring.

King's Lynn Festival (42266062)
King's Lynn Festival (42266062)

The exhibition, a retrospective of previous festival exhibitions, will be on show for 15 days around Easter.

The shows cancelled this autumn were Reza Pakravan, talking at the Guildhall about the Sahel, the Marsyas Trio at the town hall, Blazin Fiddles at the Guildhall, and baritone Benson Wilson accompanied by Lucy Colquhoun.

Normally the festival is held in July and attracts top quality performers from all over the world.

The repertoire includes classical music, recitals, choral performances, jazz music, talks, walks, exhibitions and films.

The Festival features internationally renowned performers and uses beautiful historic venues around the town, including England's largest surviving Medieval Guildhall.

The Festival's ongoing success has helped establish King's Lynn as a Festival Town, and is especially known for bringing new compositions to audiences as part of its broad programme of music and arts.

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