The wide appeal of King’s Lynn Festival is reflected in the choice of seven events staged on Friday and over the weekend.
Two big names exploring the Great American Song Book, saxophonist Ray Gelato and vocalist Claire Martin, are at Lynn Corn Exchange this evening (Friday) for A Swingin’ Affair.
Tomorrow morning Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in the critically-acclaimed film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth which is being shown in partnership with King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club at St George’s Guildhall at 11am.
Later – at 3pm – also in the Guildhall, Suzannah Lipscomb, the historian, writer and TV presenter, will talk on The Wives of Henry VIII.
The action moves to The Minster Church at 7pm when the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presents a programme of early music by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann.
It will be followed by 9.30pm by a late-night harpsichord recital entitled The King’s Hunt performed by Wisbech-based David Wright who regularly works with some of the world’s leading ensembles and musicians.
The early music theme continues with keyboard composers and players who entertained Tudor and Jacobean England.
The festival moves into the West Norfolk countryside on Sunday afternoon when the Alauda Quartet presents an hour-long programme of music by Beethoven and Schumann at West Acre Theatre. The 3pm concert will be followed by a light tea which will be served in the theatre’s lovely grounds if it is fine.
The quartet’s members are from four different corners of Europe and they formed at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011, since when they have won awards and accolades.
Lesley Garrett makes a welcome return to the Festival on Sunday evening at the Corn Exchange when she will be joined by British baritone Roland Wood and pianist Anna Tilbrook.
They will present a varied programme of popular arias and songs, stirring music by Vaughan Williams, Gershwin songs and classics from great 20th century musicals.
Call the Festival box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk