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One festival finishes in KIng’s Lynn and another one starts!

In his weekly That’s Entertainment column, Andy Tyler looks at the local arts scene...

Once again The recent Lynn Poetry Festival was a great success – thanks to all who contributed and supported it, and of course to Tony Ellis, the co- founder and chairman of both the poetry and literature festivals, who steps down as director. The good news is festival events will continue in the future.

No sooner does one festival finish, but another comes our way. The Charles Burney Early Music Festival starts this evening with a recital at Lynn’s Town Hall given by Apollo’s Cabinet, starting at 6pm. Music by Vivaldi and Burney himself will be included and readings from his 18th-Century diary entries will be given. We’ll no doubt learn more about Dr Burney, his life as a composer, writer, musical historian, musician and member of Dr Johnson’s intellectual social circle. His daughter, the novelist Fanny Burney, was born in Lynn during the ten years the Burneys lived here. For all the details visit: kingslynnfestival.org.uk

The Charles Burney Music Festival is taking place in Lynn
The Charles Burney Music Festival is taking place in Lynn

The Minster Tuesday Lunchtime Organ Recitals are enjoyed by many, and we look forward to the next series beginning, hopefully, in the Spring. Dr Burney, was, of course, organist at the church. I wonder if he gave public recitals there himself?

There may be a few places left for the forthcoming Autumn series of True’s Talks held at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, Thursday lunchtimes. The talks are always of great local interest so do visit the museum and find out more or contact 01553 770479.

Kathy Hipperson will be presenting the ninth annual Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture on October 12, starting at 7pm. It’s entitled: Making A Drama out of History and Kathy will bring history to life through costumed interpretation. Sounds intriguing. Tickets are just £5, so why not contact 01553 770479 for information and ticket availability?

If it’s more convenient, The Marriott’s Warehouse Trust hold a series of Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Lectures starting at 3pm in the Fred Hall Room, Second Floor at The Marriott’s Warehouse. The next to be held is this Sunday, October 1, the subject being the darker side of Lynn, given by Paul Allford. Entry is free, booking not required, donations in aid of the Trust much appreciated.

My film recommendation of the week is based on Agatha Christie’s story: Halloween Party and is A Haunting in Venice with Kenneth Branagh as Poirot. The film has proved popular at the box office, and the reviews are good. I enjoyed the movie and have got used to Branagh’s portrayal of the Belgian Sleuth, and the plot’s spooky twists and turns.

For fans of J.K.Rowling/Robert Galbraith, I recommend the new Cormoran Strike thriller: The Running Grave. It’s just recently published and features a dangerous cult situated here in Norfolk. I predict it will be a best-seller.

The book club that meets at The Stuart House Hotel, Goodwin’s Road, Lynn, is currently reading last year’s Booker Prize winner: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, by Shehan Karunatilaka. It’s modern and advanced writing, but well worth trying out.

The meeting, including refreshments, will be held on Wednesday, October 25, starting at 5pm. A lively discussion should take place, and copies of the book are available at our local Waterstones store, in Norfolk Street.

October 5 will be a special day for me, ( I’ll give no clues!), but on the evening of the fifth one can enjoy maximum rhythm ‘n’ blues with The Manfreds . It’s all happening at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange.

A Sixties Night with plenty on the musical menu takes place from 7.30pm on the evening of October 21, also at the Corn Exchange. Tickets can be bought online or contact 01553 764864.

Lastly, the Hunstanton Panto this year is Jack and the Beanstalk, running from December 2 until New Year’s Day. For tickets book online, visit the theatre ticket office or contact 01485 532252. Book now to avoid disappointment.

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