Highlights include –
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
BBC Big Band
Hannah Stone harpist to the Prince of Wales
BBC Young Musician Laura van der Heijden
The Classic Buskers
The 63rd Festival will open with a rousing concert, The Best of British, with the 100-strong King’s Lynn Festival Chorus, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and trumpet virtuoso, Crispian Steele-Perkins performing stirring music played at the Queen’s Coronation plus popular music by Benjamin Britten.
The final concert will be by the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The current BBC Young Musician, Dutch cellist Laura Van Der Heijden, will join the European Union Chamber Orchestra for a concert in St Nicholas’ Chapel.
An exciting innovation will be the performance of Beethoven’s complete cello sonatas by two world-class musicians, the former BBC Young Musician Guy Johnston (cello) and Melvyn Tan (piano).
Hannah Stone, Harpist to the Prince of Wales, will play at All Saints Church and internationally-acclaimed pianist Peter Donohoe will perform the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert.
The top-notch BBC Big Band will bring their superb musicianship and iconic jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine will visit for the first time.
Adding to the variety will be the exciting Scottish fiddle group, Blazin’ Fiddles, the highly entertaining Classic Buskers, Early Music Day featuring London Handel Players, and the popular series of five morning coffee concerts.
Leading art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon will talk about the artist Caravaggio, and mountaineer Stephen Venables will give the RGS-IBG lecture marking the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Everest. Each of the talks will be complemented by a film shown in partnership with King’s Lynn Community Film Club.
The exhibition will be Roland Penrose’s Surrealist Camera and a tribute to his brother Alexander Penrose, the saviour of Lynn’s St George’s Guildhall.