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King's Lynn's magical night with Orchestra

There was certainly mystery and magic, as well as quality music making, at the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s recent concert featuring works with eerie and magical themes.

To enhance the atmosphere of a post-Halloween November afternoon audience members were invited to come in appropriate fancy dress and a talented magician, David Fung, was on hand to entertain us with his amazing tricks.

The fiendish fun seemed to go down well with the full audience, especially those younger members!

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra

The programme consisted of pieces generally well known, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by Dukas and The Danse Macabre, by Saint-Saens, some made famous being used by Disney in his animated masterpiece Fantasia. The orchestra coped well with all the technical difficulties, changes of tempo, cross rhythms, and special mention should be made of the orchestra’s leader, Paula Muldoon, who made a fine and spooky soloist on two violins in The Danse Macabre.

To make up an evocative and magical menu two pieces were included from Mendelssohn’s incidental music to his A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the scherzo and nocturne, both superb pieces, ( I was NOT sorry the overplayed Overture was not included), and the Harry Potter Symphonic Suite by John Williams.

It was enjoyable and interesting to hear the suite in the concert hall and a special treat for all Harry Potter fans.

David Fung will perform magic in the foyer before the concert
David Fung will perform magic in the foyer before the concert

Not an easy programme to bring off well, but all sections of the orchestra rose to the occasion with flying colours, and the new incoming conductor Steve Bingham inspired confidence and enthusiasm.

Don’t forget, in order to support the orchestra and secure it’s future you can become a friend of the orchestra, which for a modest annual payment entitles members to priority bookings, reduced ticket prices, free tickets for under 18’s, advance information and news of special member events.

For further information go to the Support Us page on: www.nso-uk.co.uk

In the meantime I look forward to the orchestra’s next concert in January 2020, which includes a favourite work of mine: Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes, by Carl Maria von Weber.

Andy Tyler

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