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Fun at home and further afield

In his weekly, That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler is about and about, both in West Norfolk and beyond...

Getting out and about is important at this time of year, and I’ve been doing just that recently, both locally and venturing farther afield when time permits.

When possible, a visit to The BBC Proms is a must for music lovers. All concerts and events are broadcast live on radio, and some on television, and if you can’t visit in person, or miss the broadcasts, you can enjoy the entertainment on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds. I went in person to The Royal Albert Hall recently, enjoyed the Prom and just experiencing the atmosphere and venue was well worth the effort.

Back to The Burnhams to hear Cuillin Sound tomorrow evening for a pleasant ‘Summer Serenade’ recital given by the fine woodwind quartet from Manchester. It’s a relaxed sounding programme including music by Boccherini, Gershwin, Elgar and Da Falla. All Saints Church, Sutton cum Ulph is the venue, start time being 7.30pm. For tickets contact: www.musicintheburnhams.com or ring: 07989 177079. Proceeds go to the church.

The Ensemble East Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Philip Hesketh, will give a concert at Swaffham Church, 7.30pm on the evening of September 23. It’s another fine programme consisting of Mozart’s much loved 40th Symphony and music by Debussy, Faure and Prokofiev. For tickets visit: ensembleeast.com

If getting out and about is a priority, and you enjoy Shakespeare, I notice there are performances tonight and tomorrow night of As You Like It at Westacre Theatre; seats and pre-show picnics may still be available to order.

Over in Cambridge tickets may still be available for Romeo and Juliet, the play being performed as part of The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Again performances take place tonight and tomorrow. Visit the company’s websites for details.

I did not realise when recommending the forthcoming film: Maestro last week the trailer would cause some controversy regarding Bradley Cooper’s physical portrayal of Leonard Bernstein, the legendary composer and conductor. The movie is not out until later in the year, so if you see it, you’ll be able to make your own mind up about the issue.

The GroundWork Gallery in Purfleet Street will exhibit the results of its summer residency programme where artists have been inspired by The Ground Beneath Our Feet Exhibition. From early September until September 30 , Wednesday-Saturday, 11am to 4pm, visitors can come and view the artwork. The gallery is also open on Heritage Open Day, Sunday, September 10.

My book recommendation of the week is a newly released thriller entitled simply ‘Reykjavik’, co-authored by Ragnar Jonasson and Icelandic prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir. The unsolved disappearance of a 14-year old girl is the novel’s subject, and the authors’ enthusiasm for the works of Agatha Christie are the inspiration for their collaboration on writing the book.

If you become a friend of True’s Yard Museum you can enjoy occasional social events and enjoyable suppers organised by the museum team. Do visit the museum’s website for details or contact 01553 770479. Members of the public can also book shortly for the coming series of Autumn True’s Talks, starting with a talk on Lynn’s First Industrial Revolution, 1846-1914, given by Dr Paul Richards. The start date, September 28. Watch this space for further details!

When thinking of places to visit this summer don’t forget Holkham, Houghton and Oxburgh Halls, all well worth a visit. Visit their respective websites for further information and opening times.

If you enjoy a bit of a rave, I notice you can Rave On, and enjoy The Rise Of Rock and Roll starring The Bluejays, on the evening of Sunday, September, 3, starting at 7.30pm. Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre is the venue. A cool treat for all ravers.

Lastly, for fans of Buddy Holly, his story comes to The Lynn Corn Exchange in the form of the smash hit West End and Broadway Musical between September 5 and 9. The music’s great – rave on!

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