With the passing of Halloween and the Guy Fawkes celebrations due to finish soon, the new season is well under way. Talking of new seasons I have a few to mention this week and, hope fully, to get you enthused!
The new season of concerts presented by the excellent Norfolk Symphony Orchestra kicks off on the evening of November 22nd at 6.30pm, following the switching on of the Christmas Lights. King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange is the venue and the programme includes music by Elgar, Stravinsky and it culminates in, I am sure, a spectacular performance of Dvorak’s New World Symphony (No. 9). Future concerts will include more music by Elgar and, especially exciting, a programme to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Once again 100 free tickets are available to young people under 18 and in order to make sure of a ticket I suggest you call the box office on 01553 764864 now. For details of the current season visit: www.nso-uk.co.uk
Another new season is just about under way, this time provided by The King’s Lynn Festival; their current season lasts up and until next March and includes many delights. Music is featured, naturally, and also film and talks. A key date is November 10 when two events will be held at the Arts Centre. At 2.30pm an award- winning film will be shown about the lives of painters Frida Kahlo and husband, Diego Rivera, and then at 7.30pm, following on from his TV series, Dr Jago Cooper, will talk about The Lost Kingdoms of Central America. The Festival’s main box office is on 0155 764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk Now’s the time to get festive!
Lynn Players are often mentioned in the column, but today I am not going to plug their latest production, simply to mention the availability of a fascinating history of the society compiled and written by Eddie Lyon. It spans the years 1944 to 2014 and surely is a must for all local amateur theatre enthusiasts. It has a modest price tag of £5 and can be obtained from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.
A local production I am going to plug is The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company’s latest seasonal offering – Searching for Santa. Dates for the diary are Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17-18 and times are 6.30pm on the 17th and 2.30pm and 6.30pm on the 18th. Get in touch with the box office on 01553 764864 or visit their website or for further details email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two brief reminders! I was greatly impressed with my local library in obtaining two books for me within a week ( well done King’s Lynn), but don’t forget all those extra activities taking place at a local library near you all year round.
Whatever your interest there is usually something on offer for you, from history to book clubs, from Scrabble to Trivial Pursuits! Get in touch or go visit your branch in person.
A popular local musical group is The West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra (WNJYO). Performances coming up are on Saturdays December 12, at St John’s Church, Lynn, 3pm and December 19 at Tesco Hardwick , 11am-1pm. Both Saturdays. If you are under 21 and have a minimum Grade 4 musical performing standard (approx) and wish to join the orchestra led by Rob Galliard take a look at the website: wnjyo.org.uk very rewarding.
Lastly, Let’s Rock! The West Norfolk Rock Choir performs at a charity event at Lynn Minster on Saturday, November 14, starting at 6.30pm. The Norfolk Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is the charity, well worth supporting! Tickets are £5 available on the door or contact Jacqui or Sandra on 07771544291