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King’s Lynn Festival’s next Extra weekend of music, talks, drama and exhibitions will complement the town’s first Shakespeare Festival on April 26-28.

Festival events in Lynn’s historic buildings will celebrate music and people of the Elizabethan era, beginning with an 11am coffee concert, inspired by Shakespeare, at the Town Hall where pianist Patrick Hemmerle will perform works associated with Shakespeare’s plays.

Later on April 26 Fontanella, a quintet of recorder players, will present a varied programme entitled The Woods So Wild at All Saints Church at 5.30pm.

The Festival will return to All Saints on April 27 at 5.30pm when one of Britain’s foremost harpsichordists, Jane Chapman, will perform “From Byrd to Bird”.

Jane Chapman
Jane Chapman

At 3.30pm on April 27 historian Dr Paul Richards will lead a guided walk exploring Shakespeare’s Lynn.

Author Kate Hubbard will tell the remarkable story of Bess of Hardwick and her ascent through Elizabethan Society.

Kate Hubbard
Kate Hubbard

She will be in conversation with Kevin Fegan at the Duke’s Head Hotel on April 28 at 5pm.

In St Nicholas’ Chapel at 7.30pm another event will focus on Bess the Commoner Queen, featuring Michelle Todd in a show combining powerful live performance and film shot on location at Hardwick Hall.

An exhibition of modern and contemporary art – Landscape in Abstraction from Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery – will be on show at the Fermoy Gallery at the Guildhall Complex, King Street, from Saturday, April 13, to Tuesday, May 4.

Call the box office at the Corn Exchange (01553 764864) or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk

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