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Guitarist returns to West Norfolk for King's Lynn festival


By Pete Woodhouse


John Williams, described as “the most technically accomplished guitarist in the world,” returns to West Norfolk, where he used to live, to share a King’s Lynn Festival stage with two more top class guitarists.

6 Hands is the title of their show at Lynn Corn Exchange on Tuesday, July 23.

John Etheridge and Williams have played together for many years and have now teamed up with classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan.

Pictured from left are John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan.
Pictured from left are John Williams, John Etheridge and Gary Ryan.

The two-week festival programme, which opens on July 14, is packed with top class musicians including violinist Tasmin Little, who retires later this year. On July 25 she will share the stage at Lynn Minster with Australian pianist Piers Lane for music by Brahms, John Ireland and Beethoven.

The festival’s theme, marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, will feature music inspired by space, such as Sirinu’s Sounding Space at All Saints Church on July 16.

The quartet, which has a reputation for lively performances, presents music from the Middle Ages to the present day and their programme will include a work composed by William Herschel, the 18th century Astronomer Royal.

John Lenehan
John Lenehan

Last year harpist Oliver Wass gave a popular recital at All Saints and this year he returns to Lynn as part of a prize-winning trio, the Pelleas Ensemble (including a viola and a flute). At Lynn Minster on July 22 their programme will include Bach, Ravel and Gershwin.

Composer Jonathan Dove will be the guest of the Contemporary Consort as part of a pre-concert talk at the Town Hall on July 17.

Virtuoso John Lenehan revives the tradition of the cinema pianist on July 15 at St George’s Guildhall when he sets the scene for films featuring Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

Joe Stilgoe, a pianist, singer and songwriter, will bring his trio to Lynn for the first time on July 26. Call the Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk



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