New season for King’s Lynn-based Norfolk Symphony Orchestra

Nicholas McCarthy at the Royal Festival Hall
Nicholas McCarthy at the Royal Festival Hall
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After a summer break, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is now working on an exciting six-concert season for 2016-17.

Based in King’s Lynn, the NSO is well known for its well-crafted symphonic concerts; it is part of the fabric of West Norfolk both for the players and the audience.

The first concert, on Sunday, November 27, at Lynn Corn Exchange “The Music of War”, takes place just nine days after the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme and is dedicated to those who fell in that dreadful battle.

The soloist will be Nicholas McCarthy, playing Ravel’s concerto for the left hand, the piece he played at St John’s Smith Square on Armistice Day last year.

The only lefthand-only pianist to graduate from the Royal College of Music, he played at the closing ceremony of the Paralympics in 2012 with Coldplay.

He has recently written an interesting article for BBC Music magazine on the piano repertoire for left hand; this is reproduced on the NSO website and is well worth a look (

2017 will see five more fabulous NSO concerts with works that include Brahms’ 1st Symphony, Mussorgsky’s incredible Pictures at an Exhibition, Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2 – one of his most popular pieces – Shostakovich 11th Symphony, often called the Requiem for his generation and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. It will certainly be an unmissable year.

The orchestra continues to run its successful Friends’ scheme, which helps to support the ensemble’s music-making in West Norfolk (the NSO is a registered charity).

Benefits for members of the Friends’ scheme include priority booking with price reductions for all NSO promotions, regular newsletters, opportunities to meet the conductor and players at rehearsals and listing in the NSO programmes. An individual subscription is excellent value at only £22.

To see the season programme in full, read the BBC Music Magazine article or find out more about the Friends’ scheme, go to

The Norfolk Symphony Orchestra recently held a highly successful string workshop at the Yorke Trust, in South Creake, ending with a performance of Britten’s, challenging, Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge.