Cory Band lead some Extra Festival treats
An award-winning brass band renowned for performing blockbusting and beautiful music will present its latest spectacular repertoire when it visits Lynn for the first time on Saturday.
The Cory Band, based at Treorchy in the Welsh Valleys, will benefit from the excellent acoustic in St Nicholas Chapel at a King’s Lynn Festival Extra concert at 6.30pm.
The band will present a programme of “English gems” which will include Ralph Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Songs Suite, Handel in the Band, by Kenneth Downie, which was a test piece in last week’s National Brass Band Finals.
Principal cornet Tom Hutchinson will play Derek Bourgeois’ show-stopping Cornet Concerto, described as “unbelievable” at its world premiere earlier this year.
The programme will also include John Ireland’s Minuet from a Dowland Suite written in 1932 for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, and John Williams’ Summon the Heroes, a one movement orchestral composition written for the 1996 summer Olympics.
The concert will be a highlight of the packed three-day programme celebrating Lynn’s rich cultural heritage with a wide variety of events in the town’s impressive historic buildings.
There will be coffee concerts today in the Town Hall where James Newby (baritone) and Joseph Middleton (piano) perform French songs, and on Saturday acclaimed harpist Oliver Wass plays in the intimate setting of All Saints, Lynn’s oldest church. Both concerts are at 11am, with coffee at 10.30am.
Minima will provide live atmospheric music to accompany the silent film Phantom of the Opera at Lynn Minster today at 8.30pm.
Two events celebrate the fine organs in Lynn churches – the Henry Willis pipe organ at St Nicholas’ Chapel at 5.30pm today and the fine Snetzler organ at the Minster on Saturday at 2.30pm.
The festival concludes with events in St George’s Guildhall on Sunday – films from East Anglian Film Archive at 2pm and a visit by leading interpreters of Handel’s music, The Brook Street Band, with a programme historically linked to Lynn.
An exciting feature is Place, an exhibition of modern and contemporary works from Norwich Castle Museum exploring how artists engage with the concept of place. It shows artists including L S Lowry, Walter Sickert, John Piper and Frances Kearney and runs until November 3.
Visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk or call the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864.