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Review of Early Music Weekend concert inspired by Dr Burney

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As part of a recent successful King’s Lynn Festival Early Music Weekend, celebrating music inspired by musicians associated with Lynn, violinist Dominika Feher and harpsichordist and conductor Jack Gonzalez-Harding, gave a varied, enjoyable and fascinating recital of music associated with Dr Charles Burney, the famous 18th-century composer, music historian, teacher, violinist and organist who moved to King’s Lynn in 1751.

He remained in Lynn for 10 years, working at St Margaret’s Church, contributing greatly to the musical life of the area and brought up a young distinguished family (including a daughter, Fanny, who became famous as a novelist and early feminist).

Thanks to Dr Burney, St Margaret’s Church had a fine Snetzler installed and he had strong personal connections with Samuel Johnson’s famous intellectual London circle.

Dominika Feher (violin) with Jack Gonzalez-Harding, harpsichordist and conductor (55887610)
Dominika Feher (violin) with Jack Gonzalez-Harding, harpsichordist and conductor (55887610)

Burney travelled widely and met many famous composers and musicians of his day. He returned to London after his time in Lynn, but personal connections with the town remained.

The Teatime Concert for Dr Burney, held at All Saints Church, Lynn, consisted of sonatas by Haydn, JS Bach, Handel, CPE. Bach, and Mozart.

He met all the great men, except Bach, and was especially famous for writing one of the first great Histories of Music, published in two volumes.

Members of the audience enjoyed refreshments after the concert and were able to meet the talented young musicians, and view their historical instruments. The works played were given stylish and refreshing performances, lifting our spirits greatly!

Andy Tyler

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