It was with mixed emotions I viewed the current exhibition at Lynn’s Arts Centre highlighting its past achievements both in the arts and educational outreach fields.
I have written previously praising all the hard work and efforts put in by Liz Falconbridge and her team and, like many others, I hope in the future a valuable use will be found for those parts of the complex now closed down. It should be remembered, however, that concerts, theatre and other events will still be presented in other parts of the building. This week, the Guildhall Theatre is the venue for West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society’s production of The Yeomen of The Guard, one of the G&S masterpieces, and a special favourite of mine. Performances continue today and tomorrow at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee tomorrow. Tickets can be booked on line.
There is much to enjoy at Lynn’s True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum at the moment, although, that seems to be the case at most times of year. I am reminded that on Saturdays between 10am and 4pm a secondhand book sale is offered, including many local history books, all at a mere 50p. Coffee and cakes are also available at the traditional, atmospheric, Georgian tea rooms and, if you can get a ticket, why not take in a True’s Talk which usually takes place on a Thursday? A fascinating exhibition of Royal Photographs and memorabilia is also currently on display.
And now, as promised, some exciting news connected with King’s Lynn Festival Chorus. I understand they will be taking part in a grand performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand, his number 8, together with The Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and other players and singers from our region. This mega-musical spectacle will be held in The Royal Norfolk Showground Arena on May, 21, starting at 8pm. We have time to go yet but, as an audience of over 2,000 is expected, I would book soonby calling on 01603 766400 now.
More musical reminders. The young classical pianist Robert Thompson is giving a recital of music by Schumann and Schubert at Lynn’s Town Hall as part of The King’s Lynn Festival’s Winter series of events. It’s a Coffee Concert, so coffee, tea and cake will be included next Friday, February 12, starting at 11am. Schumann’s Papillons Op. 2 and Schubert’s Sonata in B flat D960 are included in the programme – musical masterpieces in my view.
Another recital, this time by violinist Charlotte Rowan will be given as part of Lynn Music Society’s current series of events. This is on Wednesday, February 17, at 7.30pm at Lynn Town Hall.
And so to literary matters. The next meeting of The Waterstones Reading Group at the Lynn branch, Norfolk Street, is on Wednesday, March 16 (4pm) and the book to read is Lissa Evan’s war-time novel Crooked Heart. Tea and coffee will be available. I can’t comment on the book yet, as I’ve just started it, but I can recommend Emma Donoghue’s novel Room and urge you to see the recent film based on the book; quite an extraordinary experience.
While visiting The Arts Centre in Lynn I noticed the next production of Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society is 9 to 5 (made famous by the Dolly Parton song) being staged later in the year, but I thought readers may consider joining a local theatre or musical society, again something new to get involved with for the new year.
Lastly, I have visited Raven Arts in St Faith’s Drive, Gaywood, and they wish me to remind you that art courses will be held soon and from Saturday, February 13, a course for children will be held from 2pm for six weeks. Call on 01553 767662 or visit www.ravenarts.co for details.