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Lots to see at King's Lynn Festival this weekend

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The festival is in full swing with still much to see this weekend.

Tonight at All Saints Chuch is Duo Hesperi: From Caledonia to the Capital featuring a celebration of the musical relationship between the two music capitals of the British Isles.

At the St George's Guildhall is Minima: Nosferatu starting at 8pm where contemporary live accompaniment is played to a screening of an eerie, gothic, silent horror.

Ciara Hendrick, soprano ,will be performing as part of the King's Lynn Festival.
Ciara Hendrick, soprano ,will be performing as part of the King's Lynn Festival.

St Nicholas Chapel will once again be the setting for the festival's annual Early Music Day, exploring the rich repertoire of the Baroque period.

Rachel Mahon will be playing the organ at noon Saturday July 23 with an hour long recital.

At 7pm on Saturday night mezzo soprano Ciara Hendrick will perform in Spiritato: The Taste of the Nation which transports audience back to a decisive juncture in the history of English music following the death of Henry Purcell.

Following that at the same venue at 9.30pm isEnsemble Hespari: Music for a Coalman which features award-winning period instrumentalists who paint a picture of the vibrant musical scene in London in the early 1700s through the lens of the extraordinary coal merchant Thomas Britton, one of the first concert promoters in London to be supported by Sir Roger L'Estrange.

Nothing but the best for King’s Lynn was the mantra adopted by King’s Lynn Festival founder Ruth Lady Fermoy when she organised the first Lynn Festival more than 70 years ago.

That motto remains the goal for Ambrose Miller, the festival’s current artistic director, and this year’s programme being staged on July 17-30 meets those high standards.

The top class Grimethorpe Colliery Band with its legendary contest record launched the festival’s two-week programme with favourite brass band classics.

The feast of music and the arts will conclude with a stirring finale featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Both concerts will be staged in the Corn Exchange.

The rousing conclusion to the 2022 festival will celebrate the 150 th anniversary of Vaughan Williams’ birth and include a performance of his ever-popular Lark Ascending. The final concert is sponsored by West Norfolk Norfolk.

Mr Miller ensures the two-week festival has broad appeal as well as high calibre performances of music the festival features personalities such as award-winning art historian, author and broadcaster

Andrew Graham-Dixon who will be exploring impressionism.

BBC Coast presenter, Nick Crane, will give a Royal Geographical Society lecture, entitled Latitude – an epic story of science and survival - at St George’s Guildhall on July 26.

This year’s festival piano recital will be given by Melvyn Tan at Lynn’s Minster Church on July 28.

Among the wide variety of music featured in the festival programme is the Clare Teal Seven who will be at Lynn Corn Exchange on July 27.

Another guest will be Michael Berkeley, composer and BBC Radio 3 presenter, who will be in conversation with Ambrose Miller, followed by a performance of some of Berkeley’s chamber works with Contemporary Consort on July 25.

One of the most popular features of the festival is the series of morning coffee concerts to be staged on July 25-29 in Lynn Town Hall.

Adding to the festival’s variety will be celebrated folk band The Unthanks who will be on stage at the Corn Exchange on July 29.

As well as concerts in Lynn’s historic buildings West Acre Theatre will host a Sunday afternoon chamber concert by the Hill Quartet, followed by tea, on July 24.

The beautiful music room at distinguished Houghton Hall will, for the first time, provide the setting for a Lynn Festival event when rising stars Benjamin Baker (violin) and Daniel Lebhardt (piano) present a programme of music by Brahms, Janacek and Elgar. This year King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will team up with soloists from the European Union Chamber Orchestra for a programme at St Nicholas’ Chapel on July 24 comprising Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

Call the box office at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553-764864

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