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Lots to do in West Norfolk in Christmas build-up

In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler looks forward to the Christmas build-up...

December has finally arrived, I’ve said: ‘White Rabbits’ for the first of the month, ( a family tradition!), and, as always, there’s plenty to highlight and report on that’s already taken place or will do in our area soon, with Christmas celebrations almost upon us.

Before concentrating on local events I’ve picked the Norwich Theatre’s forthcoming production of Sleeping Beauty:The Fairy’s Tale for my panto plug this week. The production runs from December 9 until January 7, so if you’re in the Norwich area, this may be the show for you and the family to see. For tickets contact: 01603 630000.

Sleeping Beauty in Norwich is Andy's Panto of the Week
Sleeping Beauty in Norwich is Andy's Panto of the Week

Also In Norwich don’t forget the excellent Chapel Concerts, the next being held on Sunday, December 10, at 6.30pm. The pianist Ariel Lanyi, will give a recital of music by Beethoven and Schumann. For further information visit: norwichchapelconcerts.org.uk

Back in West Norfolk a recital not to be missed will be given by Klio Blonz ( flute) and Grace Mo (piano) next Tuesday evening, December 5, at Lynn’s historic Town Hall. Tickets are £10 on the door, including a refreshing drink. The recital starts at 7.30pm.

The concert is organised by The Classical Music Rocks organisation, for more information visit: www.cmrschoolswestnorfolk.com

Another musical treat is being held at St.Mary’s Church, South Wootton this Sunday, starting at 7pm. The Guildhall Singers will give a varied concert consisting of sacred and secular music both serious and lighter, suitable for the time of year. A few tickets may still be available. Contact: 01553 674022 to order.

The King’s Lynn Festival Chorus with conductor Ben Horden are holding a family carol concert with readings and popular carols for choir and audience at The Minster in Lynn at 6pm on the evening of Saturday, December 16. Tickets for this concert entitled On Christmas Night can be ordered by contacting the box office on: 01553 764864. Under 16’s go free.

The showing of the documentary My Name is Alfred Hitchcock recently as part of The King’s Lynn Festival Autumn Series, organised by The King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club, was entertaining and informative for those Hitchcock fans and those just beginning to explore his movies. The film covered almost all of his extensive output and techniques, as well as giving an insight into his personal life. The piece was narrated by a fictional Hitchcock.

The final coffee concert in the Festival Autumn Series will be held at Lynn Town Hall, next Friday at 11am, and will be a violin and piano recital given by Zsofia Foris and Noemi Csoke. Tickets can be ordered at the box office on 01553 764864.

My book recommendation of the week has to be the recently announced Booker Prize winning novel: Prophet Song by Irish author Paul Lynch. The book is described as a dystopian vision of Ireland in the grips of totalitarianism. Serious stuff.

My film recommendation is in complete contrast, Disney Animation Studios, Wish, an animated musical-comedy. A little lighter entertainment!

Another local Christmas Fair to mention this time is one being held at North Wootton Village Hall on Saturday between 10am and 5pm. Entry is free and there’s plenty to enjoy, a craft and gift market, festive food and drink, live entertainment and much more.

Lastly, two local societies to recommend, not only to join, but to attend their talks and events when they are held, if they are of interest to readers. The King’s Lynn Civic Society is holding a lecture next Thursday at 7.30pm at the Great Hall, Thoresby College, entitled: What did the Victorians ever do for Christmas?

The King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences are also holding a talk on Galleries: Past, Present, and Future. The venue is The Dukes Head Hotel, start time 7.30pm, next Tuesday evening, December 5. Visit the societies’ respective websites for further details and how to join.

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