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All change on KIng’s Lynn Festival board





In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler rounds-up the local arts scene...

Having enjoyed and reported on so many Lynn Festival events over the years I must express my thanks and best wishes to Alison Croose, retiring chairperson, and congratulate the new chairperson, Adrian Parker. Alison has given many years of service as a festival board member, and 11 as chairperson, so it’s great to hear she will continue as a board member. I’m sure under Adrian’s leadership, despite the inevitable challenges, the Festival will continue to flourish.

The Festival’s Autumn Series, now under way, continues with a Royal Geographical Society with IBG Lecture on ‘Wounded Tigris: A River Journey Through the Cradle of Civilisation’, (tonight, 7.30pm at St.George’s Guildhall), an ENO film of the opera Carmen, this afternoon at 1pm, showing at St.George’s Guildhall also, and a Coffee Concert given by the pianist Yuzhang Li, 11am at Lynn Town Hall on the morning of Friday, November 10. No shortage of quality events to enjoy, so do visit the Festival’s website for more details and to book tickets.

Former chair Alison Croose with newly elected chair Adrian Parker
Former chair Alison Croose with newly elected chair Adrian Parker

The Royal Ballet is featured in productions to be shown at The Alive Corn Exchange Cinema this Autumn and Winter. Don Quixote can be seen early November, and the ever-popular Nutcracker mid- December. Book tickets now at 01553 764864.

Also, don’t forget, tickets for The Lynn Players production of The Wizard of Oz which comes to the Guildhall from Wednesday, November 8, can also be booked from 01553 764864.

I attended the first meeting of the new Record Club that was held at Lynn Library recently and enjoyed listening and commenting on the classic Stones Album: Let it Bleed. Good company, cool music and refreshments were available, I believe the next meeting is at 5pm on Monday, November 13, all those interested, very welcome!

Wednesday, December 6, starting at 5pm is when the book club that meets at The Stuart House Hotel, Goodwin’s Road, Lynn will discuss Josephine Tey’s historical murder mystery: ‘The Daughter of Time’. Scotland Yard inspector Alan Grant tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding King Richard III. New members always welcome and refreshments are available.

I often watch ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ on Sky Arts during the week, two clever half-hour stories in black and white, presented by that cinema genius. I’m aware of two documentaries concerning Hitchcock and his fascinating career. One was recently broadcast on Sky Arts but the other, I’m pleased to report, will be shown at 1pm on the afternoon of Thursday, November 23, at St.George’s Guildhall and is entitled: ‘My Name is Alfred Hitchcock’. A fictional Hitchcock narrates, and it’s a richly illustrated documentary including many clips from his entire long movie career. This Festival Event is supported by The Lynn Community Cinema Club.

I’m sure Pat Knight’s Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Talk on ‘Tales of British Diplomatic Missions’ went well at Marriott’s Warehouse recently. It was the second instalment of her fascinating story. The talks are always of interest, as are others given at Marriott’s.

Halloween having passed, and the clocks put back, don’t forget those Guy Fawkes Firework events taking place this weekend. Tonight it’s Fawkes in the Walks from 6pm, enjoy the fun, but stay safe.

Over in Reffley I notice a Soul Night coming up at the Community Centre between 7.30pm and 11.30pm, entry is just £7.50, and live singer, Ady Diamond and DJ Zola are featured. Saturday, November 18 is the date for your diary.

Also, a brief reminder for The Lynn Festival Chorus concert at Lynn Minster, tomorrow night at 7.30pm, a programme of French choral music. Something slightly different to enjoy.

There’s also The Classical Music Rocks recital next Tuesday, November 7, 7.30pm at Lynn Town Hall, featuring a programme of music for tenor and piano. Enjoy a relaxed evening.

Lastly, it’s good to get feedback, on this occasion from, EB Williamson in last week’s letters page, the message: do use these new local bus services, let’s not lose them - I wholeheartedly agree.



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