Most parts of the country seem to be in festive mood at the moment with royal celebrations and sporting events taking centre stage. We in West Norfolk have had much to enjoy and the good news is there is much more to look forward to as the time goes on, so let’s make a start!
I have heard very enthusiastic reports of the recent performance at Norwich of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (his Symphony of a Thousand), which was very well attended, I am pleased to say, and one of the participants was our very own superb King’s Lynn Festival Chorus. My appetite has been whetted by a reminder from the Chorus, of a concert coming up as part of The King’s Lynn Festival on July 19. The programme is especially appropriate as it includes folk songs collected in this area by Vaughan Williams (included in one of his Norfolk Rhapsodies) and ‘Three Shakespeare Songs’ and ‘ Five Mystical Songs . I understand VW conducted an orchestral concert during a past KL Festival in St Nicholas’ Chapel 60 years ago, so it’s especially appropriate the Chorus’s concert also is to be performed there. Do visit the Chorus’s website for future information.
Another important musical event coming up on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26, also at St Nicholas’ Chapel, is The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s Friends’ Concert, starting at 3.30pm. The programme is suited to a relaxed summer Sunday afternoon, including music by Tchaikovsky. The performance is free if you are a friend of the orchestra, but again for all the details of how to become a friend and other offers and concessions, visit www.nso-uk.co.uk
Do remember there are regular musical events and recitals at many local churches including The Minster, All Saints’, St Faith’s and St John’s and, of course, at churches in our historic villages and towns throughout West Norfolk. These venues make atmospheric and conducive places to enjoy religious and secular music.
Now for a great event supporting the Macmillan Cancer Charity. If you fancy a picnic at a castle with music included (jazz / swing) then get in touch with Judy Curtis on 01553 631326 or email to email@example.com The festivities, including a raffle, take place at Castle Rising, by kind permission of Lord Howard, and take place from 6.30pm on Saturday, June 25. Tickets are £10 . Don’t forget to bring your own picnic, table, chairs , drinks and glasses!
More music outside this time over in Hunstanton, coming up this Sunday from 2-4pm, with Hunstanton Town Band playing in the town centre; all are welcome to enjoy the entertainment and while you are in the area don’t forget to take a look at what the famous Princess Theatre has to offer.
It’s time once again to visit and enjoy the grand fete at St Faith’s Church Rooms, Gaywood, between 2 and 4pm tomorrow afternoon . There will be much to look forward to and refreshments will be available. Admission is free and any money raised will go into church funds.
Lastly, a couple of brief reminders. For art lovers, perhaps a visit to view a joint free exhibition at the Bircham Gallery, Holt, of paintings and drawings by Richard Tuff and Keith Roper, and ceramics by Kyra Cane, on display until July 6, between 9am and 5pm.
The second and last reminder is mainly for the youngsters. Don’t forget over at Lynn’s Corn Exchange next Thursday and Friday (June 23 and 24) performances of Gruffalo’s Child, recommended for children over 3 years). For tickets and other enquiries call the box office on 01553 764864. Another cool show with attitude.