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Ella and Springwood start the ball rolling




The Shakespeare’s Guildhall Trust is planning several events at Lynn’s Guildhall to raise funds to keep ‘Britain’s oldest working theatre’ working.

Trustee Amanda Arterton said: “Many artistes who grew up in King’s Lynn and are now working professionally all over the UK and abroad have pledged their support to the Trust, which shows a huge love and respect for the unique Guildhall Theatre.

"As a working theatre it pre-dates any in Britain by 300 years!”

The first fundraiser is on Monday, April 29, at 7.30pm – a music night featuring the Ella McCready Trio, supported by Springwood High School Big Band under their conductor Eddie Seales.

Ella McCready
Ella McCready

Amanda said: “King’s Lynn has such incredible talent and this is an evening, for young and old, of brilliant music performed by musicians of all ages – we’re so happy to show off the great things King’s Lynn has to offer.”

The compere and host for the evening is Trustee Tim Fitzhigham FRSA FRGS. He was born in Lynn and is the second generation of his family to perform at the Guildhall. He is a multi-award winning internationally-acclaimed comedian, actor, writer and crash test dummy.

Ella studied at Springwood’s Sixth Form. She graduated from the Prestigious Rose Bruford Drama School and has been working professionally, based in London, as a singer and actress, ever since. She won the West End Calling competition in 2016.

Springwood Big Band
Springwood Big Band

The Trio is completed by Ivan McCready on cello and Ian MacGregor on piano.

They have a very varied repertoire – highlighting decades of musical experience –including contemporary covers, jazz standards, rock, folk songs and classical music; from Pachelbel’s Canon to Adele!

Ian works in London’s West End and around the country as a musical director. Venues include Palladium, the Apollo Shaftesbury Avenue and the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Springwood Big Band
Springwood Big Band

Ivan is a superb cellist (also Ella’s dad) who began by touring the world for 20 years with ‘The Duke Quartet’.

The Springwood High School Big Band, formed in the 90’s under the directorship of Eddie Seales, was originally known as The Swing Band. It changed its name a few years ago when its repertoire widened from swing music to more broader styles incorporating pop, funk and rock and roll!

Amanda said: “The Trust is very proud to have such talented musicians performing in our first fundraising event for us. Look out for the new Corn Exchange spring brochure for more of our events.”



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