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An exciting and dynamic group of young musicians will play a key role at King’s Lynn Festival by marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Spiritato will open their programme at St Nicholas Chapel on Saturday, July 23, at 7pm with a performance of the famous chaconne from Purcell’s Suite for King Arthur which was played at the Queen’s Coronation.

St Nicholas Chapel will be the setting for the festival’s annual Early Music Day.

Ciara Hendrick, soprano ,will be performing as part of the King's Lynn Festival. (56930060)
Ciara Hendrick, soprano ,will be performing as part of the King's Lynn Festival. (56930060)

The Taste of the Nation is the title of Spiritato’s concert which will transport the audience to a decisive time in the history of English music following the death of Henry Purcell when fashions changed at the start of the 17th century.

The day’s programme will begin at noon with an hour-long organ recital by Rachel Mahon, director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, who will play St Nicholas Chapel’s renowned Henry Willis organ.

The day will end with a third concert at 9.30pm, given by Ensemble Hesperi, a quartet of award-winning period instrumentalists who will reflect the vibrant musical scene in London in the early 1700s.

St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn.
St Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn.

Festival artistic director Ambrose Miller said: "Our Early Music Day this year builds on the success of the Charles Burney Festival in April.

"King’s Lynn is developing a reputation for presenting high quality period instrument performances alongside drawing attention to its historic associations."

The festival, being staged on July 17-30, will open with a stirring concert by Grimethorpe Colliery Band at the Corn Exchange and conclude two weeks later when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Lynn to ensure the festival has a rousing conclusion.

Adding variety to the two-week festival will be art historian, author and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, much-loved cabaret duo Kit and McConnel, five coffee concerts presented by prize-winning young musicians, a piano recital by Melvyn Tan and a visit by the celebrated folk band, The Unthanks.

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