Greetings from a sunny Berlin! Just a reminder that this week the column is written from that historic German city and will include events taking place in both Berlin and Lynn and my impressions, visits and encounters whilst away.
Two very big events have taken place during my stay. The Berlin Marathon, including many participants and races for all ages (I spoke to some of those competing), and the world’s largest trade fair focused on rail transport, at the Messe Berlin exhibition centre, called InnoTrans. Although set up for companies to do business in the rail industry, members of the public and families had the chance to view new locomotives and stock and enjoy stalls, refreshments and even a ride on ‘Emma’ the resident steam train. Naturally, with the excellent weather, the event on the day I visited was well attended.
It’s time for a reminder of some Lynn events. Don’t forget the King’s Lynn Sinfonia concert at The Minster on Saturday, October 8. It’s a 7.30pm start and includes Rutter’s popular Requiem. Also the talented pianist Yuanfan Yang is giving a recital at Lynn’s Town Hall at 11am on Friday, October 7. This recital is the first in the new series of King’s Lynn Festival events through to March next year.
A reminder from Marriott’s Warehouse Trust on the autumn/winter series of Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Talks which will begin on Sunday, October 9, on the second floor of Marriott’s Warehouse at 3pm.
The good news is the talks are free and booking is not necessary. If you are interested in the building and its story, Stephen Heywood gives the first talk on that very subject.
Just a brief mention of the excellent recent meeting of Lynn Music Society I attended which was a fascinating presentation by the musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett entitled Beethoven’s Long Shadow, explaining in an interesting and at times light-hearted way Beethoven’s influence on future musical developments culminating in the romantic movement. Do visit the society’s website for details of future meetings.
Back to Berlin! Naturally there is so much to see and do in a city the size of Berlin and visitors (just as I do), visit The Brandenburg Gate and Bundestag (German Parliament) for starters. There is also a famous zoo and many lovely gardens to enjoy. Of course, museums are many and varied and there is much of interest connected with the two world wars and Cold War. I just break off (back to Norfolk), as the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is on the theme of war being entitled Music of War and this takes place later in November. Details to follow.
Two places very near central Berlin, and well worth a visit, are Spandau and Potsdam. Again there are many war - time connections and going back further in time, Potsdam was the area Frederick the Great built his lavish residences. Both areas have interesting and beautiful old quarters to see.
It seems every form of entertainment is on offer in Berlin. I visited the Berlin Philharmonic Hall for a concert and tour and also called in on the offices of one of the world’s great specialist orchestras, The Akademie Fur Alte Musik, Berlin. They have an exciting season coming up and I can be the first to announce they are giving a special concert on Friday, December 23, at London’s Wigmore Hall. Visit www.akamus.de for details.
If classical is not your thing and you are in Berlin later in the year how about Wickie Das Musical or Bibi and Tina Die Grosse Show, together with a special Berlin Curry Wurst? Oh, well, back to base...