I start this week, as promised, with exciting news from The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus. Details of their next concert to begin. Appropriately entitled Forte for Forty, this concert is one of the events celebrating 40 years of the chorus and takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 8, at St. Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn.
The music included will be extremely diverse, drawing on pieces from their vast repertoire, and also chosen by members of the chorus themselves. Composers included are Bach, Mozart and Verdi, a couple of choruses from Messiah by Handel and, I am pleased to report, some William Byrd a favourite composer of mine. Free tickets are available for the under 18s and all tickets can be obtained from Lynn’s Corn Exchange on 01553 764864 or online. Book early to choose your own seating zone at the Chapel.
Next, the chorus would love to hear from former members who would like to join them for a reunion meal on Saturday, May 20. Due to catering constraints please let the organisers know by Friday, March 31 – contact the coordinator Jan Clubb by email at Janclubb65@gmail.com or the chorus secretary on 07748 947653.
Two more local societies to mention. King’s Lynn Music Society is holding a most interesting evening on Wednesday, March 15, on another of my favourite composers, Sergei Rachmaninoff. The chemist, Dr John Robert Malpass, will give an illustrated talk at Lynn’s Town Hall starting at 7.30pm; he is a trustee of the Rachmaninoff Society. Please note, the Russian composer Borodin was also a chemist so Dr. Malpass must be well qualified to deliver this talk!
If you are looking to join a local society and start a new venture this year why not take a look at the Samphire Quilters? Many people enjoy a practical pastime and many marvellous quilts have been produced by this group, now with over 40 members, having been founded in 1991 with only eight or nine. Two quilts were presented to the Town Hall and now hang in the Gaol House. Meetings are usually every two weeks on a Monday evening, 7.30pm, at the Providence Street Community Centre in Lynn. For further details either visit the Samphire Quilters website or speak to Ros Staveley on 01945 581328. I understand next Monday some antique quilts will be on show.
And now for something completely different! BBC Radio 3 is asking listeners to email or text through, suggesting a ‘local hero’ who deserves recognition with a blue plaque. They are looking for musicians, singers or composers associated with your area. Do email the station at: firstname.lastname@example.org or text: 83111. Also include your suggested location – and hurry as the deadline is today.
Since last week’s column details of the main King’s Lynn Festival taking place in July has come out. As usual there is a really exciting line-up. It will be great to welcome such artists as Freddy Kempf, Roger McGough and Clare Teal and hear the various orchestras, ensembles and bands in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. More details to follow.
There are also many delights to look forward to in the new King’s Lynn Corn Exchange brochure. Coming up in early April will be The Wizard of Oz, Champions of Magic and The Searchers.
As always, visit the websites of the Princess Theatre in Hunstanton and Westacre Theatre for their current programmes.
Weather permitting and if you find yourself free on a good day why not get out and about and visit Cockley Cley? Or for those who enjoy beautiful scenic walks, birdwatching, arts and crafts, and country sightseeing take a trip to Cley-Next-The-Sea.