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Norfolk Symphony Orchestra to perform at King's Lynn Corn Exchange

By Lynn News Reporter

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra invites you to shake off any New Year blues at their first concert of 2019.

The concert, conducted by music director Phillip Hesketh, is at Lynn Corn Exchange at 3.30pm on Sunday, January 20, and features three English composers all having connections to the county.

Vaughan Williams 5th Symphony, Elgar’s Sea Songs and Malcolm Arnold’s English Dances (Set 1 & 2) will lift your spirits on a wintry day.

Vaughan Williams visited Lynn and district in January 1905 and collected 61 folksongs in a week. The fisher folk of the North End impressed Ralph Vaughan Williams, particularly James “Duggie” Carter (aged 61). His 5th Symphony, full of peace and quietude, contains some of his most beautiful music.

The NSO is delighted to welcome mezzo-soprano Monika-Evelin Liiv to perform Elgar’s Sea Pictures.

This work sets the poems of five different poets to music, one of whom being his wife, and was commissioned by the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and premiered there in 1899.

Estonian professional Monika, described as a “world-class mezzo with scrupulous musicality and fine technique” has performed extensively throughout Europe and around the globe and has twice won the Estonian Theatre Award for outstanding performance.

Malcom Arnold visited West Norfolk regularly for many years, conducting some members of NSO today when they were students playing in the local youth orchestras and at Springwood High School.

His two sets of English Dances contain a wide and richly diverse variety of styles, from the hauntingly melancholy to the hilarious.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will again be giving away 100 free tickets to under 18s throughout this season.

It is hugely encouraging for the orchestra to find so many enthusiastic supporters for classical music amongst the young people of the county and they warmly welcome families introducing the wonder of live music to the next generation of players.

Tickets are £16 from the box office on 01553 764864 or visit www.kings


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