Adventurer Benedict Allen’s visit to King’s Lynn tonight has been postponed to give him time to recoved from his latest trip to Papua New Guinea. The explorer was reported missing when he failed to catch his scheduled flight home last week and it is understood he is recovering from malaria.
Benedict's illustrated talk at St George’s Guildhall was to be a highlight of the festival’s year-round programme, and will be rescheduled within the next few weeks.
Ticket-buyers for Tuesday’s event have been contacted and can claim refunds from the Corn Exchange box office (01553 764864).
Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, European Union Chamber Orchestra and author Charles Spencer feature in King’s Lynn Festival’s winter and spring programme which begins next week.Read More »
King’s Lynn Festival has moved its office back to the range of historic buildings where the festival began in 1951.
The internationally-renowned annual feast of music and the arts – staged for two weeks every July – is now based in offices at the Fermoy Gallery adjacent to St George’s Guildhall in King Street.Read More »
Two sell-out events on one evening enabled King’s Lynn Festival-goers to enjoy the best of Scottish fiddle music and a celebration of the 250th anniversary of Telemann.
Blazin’ Fiddles returned to St George’s Guildhall on Friday to entertain a packed audience who revelled in the traditional tunes played by six musicians from the highlands and islands who gave a sparkling performance packed with energy and variety.
Another full house at All Saints’ Church featured the Passacaglia Duo – Annabel Knight playing recorders and baroque flute with Robin Bigwood, a top name among harpsichord players.
They, too, delighted their audience with a programme entitled Travels with Telemann to celebrate his life’s working making music “for the pleasure of the people”.
The programme celebrated the vibrant music scene of his day and his friendships with the Handel and Bach families and the rich cultural mix of the music they shared.
Also, the hugely popular BBC Concert Orchestra's Friday Night iSi Music Night recording was sold out - but you can hear it on Radio 2 on Friday 4th August.
It was one of the hottest tickets for King’s Lynn Festival – and the welcome return of Radio 2 favourite Clare Teal did not disappoint.
A packed Corn Exchange audience was thrilled by the singer’s engaging tributes to The First Ladies of Swing including Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. As ever Clare Teal’s warm, engaging style and story-telling added to the entertainment.
Another significant feature on this visit was the support of Clare Teal’s superb 17-piece Hollywood Orchestra led by Guy Barker whose trumpet playing and stunning arrangements the audience was also able to appreciate and enjoy. The contributions of the band’s stalwart talented soloists added to the pleasure.
Barker also contributed reminiscences from his early days as a professional musician of encounters with big names in the business.
Two hours of music ranging from swing to sublime ballads evoked superlatives which fulfilled the festival’s quest for top quality events.
Join us on Sunday 16 July for free classical and jazz performances on Tuesday Market Place from 11am to 3.30pm.
One of the performers we have selected is King's Lynn-based classical guitarist Estevão Devides.
Born in Brazil, Estevão began studying the guitar at the age of 9 and studied at the Conservatory of Tatuí in Brazil, graduating in a Licentiate of Music Degree from the Unimes University of Santos.
In Brazil he has performed in schools, theatres and museums sponsored by companies in partnership with the Government of Culture. This financed his first recording of a CD in 2014 with 25,000 free copies that were distributed to students during his school performances.
He has a wide repertoire which he will showcase in his 45-minute set on the new stage at the Tuesday Market Place from around midday - so if you like your music from Beethoven to The Beatles then come along next Sunday!Read More »
One of the not-to-be-missed talks at the Festival this year will be on Saturday 29 July, when Australian wildlife biologist and filmmaker Dr Chadden Hunter reveals the secrets of making Planet Earth II, gives rare insights into wildlife filmmaking and shares never-before-seen footage from this hugely popular BBC TV series.
Never afraid to stage something a little different from the norm, on Thursday 20 July King's Lynn Festival will be showing “the first horror film ever made” with live musical accompaniment from renowned soundsacpers Minima.
Minima’s sinister contemporary score is a daring 21st century interpretation of the genre-defining images of the 1920s. This unusual and spellbinding show has previously run for a week at the Edinburgh Fringe and made an appearance at Glastonbury in 2015. The venue - the largest surviving medieval guildhall in England boasting many original and rare medieval features - makes this a unique cinematic event for film fans everywhere.
"Silent films like this were meant to be screened with a live musical accompaniment because it adds so much to the experience" - Alex Hogg, Minima's guitarist.
We are delighted to announce that with support from the Borough Council, we will be hosting a day of free classical and jazz concerts on the Tuesday Market Place on Sunday 16 July. The event which runs from 11am to 3.30pm is designed for the whole family to enjoy and includes an informal free musical workshop in the Corn Exchange at 12.45 with Vladimir & Anton, "The Duelling Violin Brothers".
Also performing on the outdoor stage will be Brazilian born classical guitarist Estevão Devides, graduate of the Conservatory of Tatuí in São Paulo. He has a broad repertoire from Beethoven to The Beatles and have given many concerts in Brazil and more recently in the UK.
We are really excited to be staging The Demon Barbers XL "Disco at the Tavern" show as part of this summer's festival. We are looking for local dance groups (any style!) to join in the fun for a pre-show dance display at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday 28 July from approx. 6.30pm onwards. Please contact Laura from The Demon Barbers for further information - we look forward to seeing you bust some moves at the dance spectacular of the year!
The temporary closure for renovation of a high-profile Cambridge art gallery has given Kings Lynn Festival a rare opportunity to stage an exhibition of paintings by a much-admired artist and mariner.
Kettle’s Yard at the University of Cambridge has the largest collection of work by Alfred Wallis and a substantial number of his pictures will form this summer’s Lynn Festival exhibition in the Fermoy Gallery at Lynn Arts Centre on July 16-29.Read More »
Tickets don't go on general sale until Monday 24 April, but if you want a sneak preview of this year's events, have a look at our What's On page - we are adding details all the time.
With more than 30 confirmed Festival events and almost as many Fringe events, it's going to be a great July! Some of the highlights include one of the finest Brass Bands in the world, several top orchestras, "The new First Lady of Swing"
Some of our events are likely to sell out shortly after the general sale begins, so to be sure to get the seat you want, why not become a Festival Member to access Priority Booking for as little as £30.
The King’s Lynn Festival hosts a bucket collection at one of its key evening performances at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange each July.
Applications are invited from any registered charity working in the West Norfolk area who would like to organise their own bucket collection at an evening event in July 2017. Applicants from charities benefitting local people are preferred. In previous years, charities such as the Norfolk Hospice and Homestart have collected around £300 from festival patrons.
Any interested charities should email firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 23 February. Applications will be considered by the Festival’s Board of Trustees in March.
We have just advertised for a part-time Admin Assistant to join our small team based in King's Lynn. If you have office experience and a passion for the arts and would like to work with us, have a look at the full advert, job description and download the application form. Sorry but CVs on their own cannot be accepted. Closing date is Friday 17 February.
The King's Lynn Festival team are reaching out to event organisers across King's Lynn and West Norfolk to submit details of any music, arts or cultural events they are planning for next July. Each year dozens of fringe events are included in the Festival's main brochure and featured on the Festival website to encourage more people to attend.
If you are planning an art exhibition, a music recital, a craft activity, a dance workshop, a guided walk, a historical talk or any similar activity - we'd love to hear about it. Please contact Kate on 01553 767557 or book your event with us online.
Closing Date: 1 December 2016
Assignment: 10 February 2017 & 5 days between 15 & 29 July 2017.
Are you studying photography at college or 6th form? Would you like to volunteer with us next year? This is a great opportunity for a Photography student to get an insight of “behind the scenes” at a festival and to create a music and arts portfolio...Read More »
We are thrilled to make it to the shortlist published in yesterday's EDP but now we need as many votes as possible before the public vote closes on 18 September. Please have a look at the shortlist and help celebrate the King's Lynn Festival's input to Norfolk's vibrant music, arts and culture scene.
Sincere thanks from all at the King's Lynn Festival.
The figures are in - two weeks of top quality events has attracted the biggest audience in the Festival's 66-year history.
There were more than 7000 ticket buyers for the especially wide-ranging programme plus more than 1000 visitors to the exhibition of works by artist Alfred Cohen staged in partnership with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and sculpture by Susan Bacon.
A record sum was invested in the exciting programme but the box office takings achieved the ambitious target set by the Festival Board, enabling us to break even.
Thanks to everyone who supported us by sponsorship, membership, buying tickets, volunteering and the many in-kind contributions which help us bring world-class performers to local stages.
Please consider nominating us for the EDP People’s Choice Norfolk Arts Award:
- The nomination form only takes a few minutes to complete
- The deadline is 23 August
- The category to use is the Best Large Venue/Festival/Organisation/Production.
The nomination form is here: http://www.norfolkartsawards.com/edp-peoples-choice-awards-2016.html
Juliet Stevenson has had to withdraw from her involvement in T S Eliot’s Four Quartets at King’s Lynn Festival because of filming schedules.
She will be replaced by another renowned actress Niamh Cusack who will join former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and cellist Guy Johnston at St Nicholas’ Chapel tonight (Thursday July 28) at 7.30pm.
Niamh, a member of the well-known acting family, has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in many major stage productions since the mid-1980s.
She had a long-running role as Dr Kate Rowan in the TV series Heartbeat and more recently rejoined the Royal National Theatre to play Siobhan in the stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s book, The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-Time.
At the Lynn Festival event Niamh will read T S Eliot’s poetry interwoven with music by Bach for cello, played by Guy Johnston. T S Eliot expert and theologian Rowan Williams will discuss Four Quartets.
The high-profile festival exhibition in the Fermoy Gallery at the King's Lynn Arts Centre complex opens on Monday. The exhibition feature the work of American-born colourist and draughtsman Alfred Cohen who settled in Norfolk in 1978 and continued to work in his studio at Wighton near Wells until his death in 2001.
A collection of his pictures exploring the theme of light and water are being loaned by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at Norwich in the second year of a partnership with Lynn Festival. Alfred Cohen’s work features in major public collections in Britain and abroad.
Also on show at the gallery will be sculptures by Susan Bacon which were inspired by some of Shakespeare’s most memorable creations. They were originally displayed at the Globe Theatre last year as part of The Globe Project.
The gallery is open daily Monday to Saturday (July 18-30) from 10am-4pm and entry is free.
King’s Lynn is proud of its associations with composer Ralph Vaughan Williams so it is fitting that 60 years after he conducted a Festival concert in St Nicholas’ Chapel his music will be featured in four events at this year’s Festival...Read More »
The wide-ranging King’s Lynn Festival programme will bring top names from the worlds of jazz and folk to King’s Lynn.
Ray Gelato, known as Britain’s “godfather of swing”, will team up with multi award-winning singer, Claire Martin, for a celebration of swing at the Corn Exchange on July 22.
The pair, praised for their “great combination of jazz artistry”, will explore the Great American Songbook, sharing the stage with a world-class trio led by David Newton.
Highly successful Lynn Festival gigs by Scottish groups Blazin’ Fiddles and Capercaillie in the last two years will be followed by Lau’s first visit to Lynn on July 18.
Four times Radio 2 Folk Award winners, Lau take their name from the Orcadian word for “air” – one of the trio Kris Drever is from Orkney. Aiden O’Rourke is from Oban and Martin Green from England.
They are one of the most sought-after groups on the Scottish scene, known for their “sublime musicianship and empathetic interplay” in their exciting brand of British folk music.
Another big name appearing in Lynn for the first time is that of The Unthanks, exponents of the traditional and folk music of the North-East of England who have also featured prominently in the Radio 2 Folk wards. They are also known for their clog dancing!
They will perform at Lynn in a 10-piece band on July 20.
Half-price concessions for under 18s are available for all three events. Call the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or book online.
The 2.30pm Hands on Harps workshop is now full, but there are a few tickets left for Wednesday 27 July 4pm.
The friendly and informal workshops are run by Gloucestershire-based duo Creag and Morwenna at All Saints' Church in King's Lynn. Here is a lovely picture of them with their nine-month-old son Django.
Please book in advance by calling the Festival Office on 01553 767557 or book online.
Just a quick update on some Festival Housekeeping!
- We have now filled all of the exhibition steward rota, with thanks to our wonderful volunteers.
- Our AGM has already taken place - we noticed that the reply slip we sent out in March said 27 June when it was actually in April! Oops!
- We are recruiting a
temporary Gallery Invigilator to work from Wednesday 13 July to Monday 1 August inclusive. Please send us your CV if you are interested.
- We are running an historic festival countdown on our social media including posts of photos from our programme archives - so if you like local history then have a look at Twitter @KLFestival or Facebook /KingsLynnFestival
- We are also keen to hear from anyone who has a business in West Norfolk who would like to receive a supply of our brochures for their staff and/or customers. Give Kate a call on 01553 767557.
- Kate and Jo will be at Tesco in King's Lynn with balloons and brochures to give to shoppers on Friday 10 June - please come and say hello!
Yuanfan Yang has unfortunately had to withdraw from his performance in this year’s Festival as he has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition in the USA which clashes with his proposed concert. Obviously we did not wish to deny this young performer such a fantastic opportunity, so he has been replaced by British pianist Maria Marchant.
Maria’s programme will be Beethoven Sonata Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight’; Debussy Suite Bergamasque; Schubert/Liszt Schwanengesang; Liszt Ballade in B minor. Maria Marchant gave her Wigmore Hall and Southbank debuts in 2010 to critical acclaim after being selected as a young artist on the Concordia Foundation, Park Lane Group and Tillett Trust schemes. Since then, she has been much in demand as recitalist and has performed in numerous festivals, although this is her first time performing in King's Lynn. Tickets are still available for this concert.Read More »
Less than one week since our box office opened, and we have sold all of the tickets for the Shakespeare Walk with Dr Paul Richards - but call us on 01553 767557 if you would like to go our a reserve list - we will try to arrange another if we get enough enquiries.
Box office figures show we are close to selling out Ronnie Scott's All Stars already, and the top price seats for the Czech National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Libor Pesek are likely to go within the next few days.
Hot tickets include The Unthanks - helped no doubt by their spectatular performance at this week's Radio 2 Folk Awards, where they won the Best Album award for the enchanting "Mount the Air". Also Angela Hewitt, Lesley Garrett, Emma Johnson & Piatti Quartet are all selling fast, so although its still 77 days to go until the festival starts, make your plans now!Read More »
One of the Festival Exhibitions this year is a series of sculptures by Susan Bacon, which will be in the Fermoy Gallery foyer from Monday 18 - Saturday 30 July. Originally part of The Globe Sculpture Project , they were on display last year at Shakespeare's Globe (pictured).
The King's Lynn Festival are seeking volunteers to steward this free exhibition. If you can spare a couple of hours or more during 18-30 July and would like to help, please contact the Festival Office on 01553 767557.Read More »
King’s Lynn Festival has a special reason to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death for the Bard almost certainly performed on the stage of St George’s Guildhall in King Street.
This year's Festival includes a Shakespeare's Lynn guided walk, a Shakespeare Sculptures exhibition, a showing of the 2015 film Macbeth and the King's Lynn Festival Chorus will perform Three Shakespeare Songs by Vaughan Williams.Read More »
On 4 March the King's Lynn Festival were awarded the Mayor's Leisure & Tourism Award for the 2015 Festival.
It was the first time we had applied for the award, and was a fitting recognition of our record-breaking box office for last summer's festival.
Here's a photo of Festival Chairman Alison Croose with the award, presented to us at the ceremony hosted by Lynn News at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange.
The Bank House Hotel was the lovely (and sunny!) host of our press launch for the 66th Festival.
The programme features three top orchestras: Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra; recitals by some of the best young artists around; the return of Festival favourites Andrew Graham-Dixon, Lesley Garrett and Emma Johnson; and plenty of variety from jazz greats Claire Martin & Ray Gelato and the Ronnie Scott's All Stars, plus folk from Lau and The Unthanks.
The King's Lynn Festival team has a vacancy for a Communications and Events Intern. This is a paid post for 6 months, 30 hours per week, to start before 31 March 2016. This vacancy is supported by the Creative Employment Programme and is open to unemployed people aged 18 to 24.
Completed application forms must be returned to the King's Lynn Festival Office by 10am Friday 5 February at the latest. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 10 February in King's Lynn.Read More »
Internationally renowned musicians Ian Mitchell and Caroline Balding from the Gemini ensemble will be running workshops next week at a local Primary School ahead of their King’s Lynn Festival concert at the Town Hall.Read More »
There will be an extra treat for the audience before the Fairey Band concert on Saturday 17 October - A quarter peal will be rung on the chapel’s recently reinstated bells, following their restoration. The concert will then commence with a specially-commissioned fanfare from East Anglian composer Tim Watts. This will be the first major concert following the re-opening of the chapel after major repairs and alterations.
Top price tickets are sold out but there are still some £12 tickets available - call the Festival Office on 01553 767557 to reserve yours now.Read More »
The 600 year old Chapel of St Nicholas has been used as a Festival venue from the very first King's Lynn Festival in 1951. That first concert on 27 July 1951 featured a performance by singing legends Kathleen Ferrier, Margaret Ritchie and Peter Pears. Since then, many famous names have performed in St Nicks as part of the King's Lynn Festival including Yehudi Menuhin (1965), Nigel Kennedy (1975), James Galway (1992), John Williams (1995), Nicola Benedetti (2005), and was host to the two final performances from Sir John Barbirolli, conducting the Halle Orchestra, just days before his death in 1970.Read More »
To keep our administration costs low, True's Yard Museum are helping us with ticket sales for the Fairey Band concert at St Nicholas' Chapel on 17 October. Tickets can be paid for and collected at True's Yard from Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, or reserved by phone on 01553 770479. Tickets reserved by phone will be sent out on the Friday following the receipt of payment, which can be via cheque or Paypal, as we are unable to accept credit cards this time.
All of the rest of our events can be booked via our usual Box Office - the King's Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553 764864.
A big thank you to all that were involved in making our 2015 festival a success! Here is a small animation (Created by Festival Intern Daniel Brown) highlighting the success of the Festival
King's Lynn Festival 2015
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King's Lynn Festival 2015
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The Festival is set to stage the first major concert in St Nicholas' Chapel following its re-opening after major repairs and alterations. The brass band music of the world-famous Fairey Band will capitalise on the chapel’s renowned acoustic when Fanfare for St Nick’s is staged on Saturday October 17 at 6.30pm.
Tickets for Fanfare for St Nick’s will go on sale at True’s Yard Museum, North Street, Lynn on Tuesday 4th August. The museum is open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling the museum on 01553 770479, or via the Festival office on 01553 767557.Read More »
King’s Lynn Festival took its place on the national stage when the BBC Concert Orchestra recorded an edition of Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night on Monday July 20 during the 65th Lynn Festival.Read More »
Personalities from the arts world who have taken part in King’s Lynn Festival during its 65-year history are featured in this year’s Festival exhibition of work by portrait photographer John Hedgecoe.
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The talk presented by Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in association with King's Lynn Festival, due to be held on Saturday 18 July at 3pm has been cancelled. Sadly, Callum has broken his knee and needs an operation so will not be able to travel to King's Lynn.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BOOKED TICKETS TO THIS EVENT, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE FOR A REFUND ON 01553 764864.
THE FESTIVAL TEAM WOULD LIKE TO WISH CALLUM ALL THE BEST FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY.
This year's festival sees the welcome return of hugely talented British baritone Benedict Nelson, as well as performances from Ferrier winner Sarah-Jane Lewis, sopranos Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson and Raphaela Papadakis, and Michael Dore, Ria Jones and the West End's Phantom of the Opera Geronimo Rauch as guests of the BBC Concert Orchestra.Read More »
Just weeks after giving a recital at King’s Lynn Festival pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will feature in the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.Read More »
Works of one of the foremost portrait photographers of the 20th century, John Hedgecoe, will be exhibited in King's Lynn in a new partnership between the King's Lynn Festival and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. The special 65th Festival Exhibition will feature Hedgecoe's iconic photographs of the artists, performers and supporters of the King's Lynn Festival since 1951, including Sir John Betjeman, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Sir Peter Ustinov and the world's most reproduced photograph of H M The Queen.Read More »
The King's Lynn Festival has a long tradition of presenting contemporary classical music in an intimate setting on the first Monday of the 2-week Festival.
This year we are delighted to welcome eminent composer Howard Skempton, in conversation with the Festival's Artistic Director Ambrose Miller. Join them for a glass of wine on July 13 and enjoy a varied programme of music for clarinet, cello and piano.
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Continuing the Festival's association with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), leading marine conservation biologist Professor Callum Roberts will be presenting a talk entitled Future Oceans: A Sea of Hope or Despair?Read More »
Mark the date in your diary - Monday 13 July - and enjoy a unique experience...
The Festival are delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company's Music Director Bruce O'Neil, to stage a narrated evening of Shakespeare's Songs at King's Lynn's historic Guildhall of St. George, where Shakespeare himself is reputed to have performed 422 years ago.
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Every year we are delighted to have Fringe events associated with the Festival. This year's highlights include a 70th anniversary exhibition by the King's Lynn Art Club, an open air performance by The Lord Chamberlain's Men and a playlet by Gareth Calway. For a full list of our Fringe events, see the Fringe tab on our What's On page. Many of them are organised locally with free admission or small donation, and its a great way for the whole family to explore local arts and culture this summer.
A major force in Celtic music for the last 30 years, Capercaillie are performing at the King's Lynn Corn Exchange on Tuesday 21 July.Read More »
With more lovely sunshine forecast, spring is definitely here, and so the King’s Lynn Festival Winter Season comes to a close this Friday with a violin and piano recital by award-winning Scottish violinist Michael Foyle and Estonia’s Maksim Stsura.Read More »
Festival Event: Special Evening Visit to Sainsbury Centre's Francis Bacon and the Masters Exhibition
The Festival is delighted to be working in partnership with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) in 2015. In addition to curating this year’s exhibition “ John Hedgecoe: Face of the Artist” the SCVA is offering our supporters an exclusive evening trip to their latest ground-breaking exhibition Francis Bacon and the Masters.
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We are pleased to announce a second guided walk by Dr Paul Richards, following the qucik sell-out of tickets for the first one.
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One of the most exciting and ambitious King’s Lynn Festival programmes will celebrate the 65th Festival on July 12-25.
A wide-ranging programme of classical music, jazz, folk, talks and films was announced at a press launch at Bank House Hotel today. The Festival will include four orchestras, trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins, veteran comedian Barry Cryer, historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon.
There are some really special events to look forward to, including:
The BBC Concert Orchestra recording an edition of Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night on July 20.
A Royal Shakespeare Company production of songs written for Shakespeare’s plays, which will be staged in St George’s Guildhall on July 13 – the first time it will have been seen outside Stratford.
A new exhibition in partnership with The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts which is to loan work of portrait photographer John Hedgecoe.
Swinging at the Cotton Club on July 19 will be an action-packed evening of jazz, song and dance featuring Harry Strutters’ Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Jiving Lindy Hoppers.
The Festival includes two of the nation's favourite pianists Freddy Kempf and Benjamin Grosvenor, plus rising stars of the classical music world at five coffee concerts.
Adding to the variety Capercaillie will present their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary folk, popular jazz band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, an evening of jive and swing from Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra and the Jiving Lindy Hoppers.
The Festival’s artistic director, Ambrose Miller, described the programme as: “One of the most ambitious we have presented – and it has something for everyone.
Priority booking for Patrons and Friends starts on April 7 and the box office (01553-764864) opens for general booking on April 27.
An exciting opportunity to join the busy festival team in our office at Bishop's Lynn House in King's Lynn is being advertised via Job Centre Plus.
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The Badke Quartet worked with children from St Martha's Catholic Primary School, King's Lynn, ahead of their performance on Friday. Inspired by Haydn's Quartet No.2 Opus 77, with help from community musician Jane Wells and Jessica Berners from Norfolk Music Service, here is what the children composed:
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The Summer Festival season may be over, but there are three great concerts in the Winter Season to look forward to, and a special ticket offer to see all 3 for just £30 (Please note this offer is only available via Box Office telephone: 01553 764864).
Friday 28 November 7.30pm
The first concert is the lovely Badke Quartet, returning to King's Lynn after a great performance in our 2011/12 Winter Season. The Badkes have recently been appointed as the Quartet-in-Residence at Royal Holloway University in London and their new line-up demonstrates impressive individual skills as well as "an unswerving togetherness" - The Strad.
The Badke's programme will take the audience on a musical journey across three centuries, featuring the brilliant Haydn String Quartet in F major, Op.77, No.2, the expressive Ravel String Quartet in F major, and the soulful Beethoven String Quartet in A minor, Op.132.
Friday 6 February 11.00am
A recital in the Festival's popular Coffee Concert format at the Town Hall, young Swiss-born pianist Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula will be performing the evocative Debussy Images Book II, the striking Chopin Ballade No.2 in F major and Schubert Sonata in A major D.959. The recital is part of a short UK Tour in February 2015 by Jean-Sélim, who has recently been awarded a Rebanks Fellowship by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He is already establishing himself as a versatile and prizewinning pianist, composer and film composer and is delighted to be performing in King's Lynn for the first time.
Friday 17 April 7.30pm
Violinist Michael Foyle and Pianist Maksim Stsura have developed a strong reputation as a duo despite playing together for a relatively short time. Their delightful programme includes Mozart Sonata K.379, Beethoven Sonata No.4 in A minor and Brahms Sonata No.3 in D Op.108.
Review by Kate Francis
Last night's talk by young adventurer, scientist and sailor Emily Penn highlighted the broad appeal of the year-round talks presented by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in association with King's Lynn Festival.
Emily described her experiences enthusiastically and eloquently - taking the audience on a global journey of discovery - demonstrating how issues we still grapple clumsily with in the developed world, such as waste and pollution, are already taking their toll on remote communities of the Pacific Ocean. From her first encounter with a beach full of tiny bits of plastic, to the decomposed remains of a magnificent albatross who had starved to death because its stomach was so full of plastic there was no room for food, Emily has been hands-on in championing waste management in the remotest islands of Kiribati.Read More »
This year’s opening day of King’s Lynn Festival’s Winter Season will have a distinctly salty flavour. On Tuesday 21 October at 2.30pm, the King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club in association with the festival invite you to take your seat (and hold onto it!) for Robert Redford’s incredible solo sailing film “All is Lost”. Then, at 7.30pm, real-life adventurer and zero waste champion Emily Penn presents an inspiring illustrated talk, sharing her insights on how remote island communities in the Pacific are adapting to their changing world, and how tackling global issues on an island scale can help us see solutions to problems in our own society.
View the Royal Geographical Society's Press Release from the start of Emily Penn's lecture tour
Many musicians featured at our Festival started young - for example Charlotte Scott from the Badke Quartet began playing the violin at the age of seven. Just three years later, she appeared as soloist in the Beethoven Romance with the National Children’s Orchestra. We want to help insipre the next generation of musicians in the West Norfolk area through involvement in the Festival. Read more in our new Education & Schools section.
The King’s Lynn Festival hosts a bucket collection at one of its key evening performances at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange each July.
Applications from any registered charity working in the West Norfolk area who would like to organise their own bucket collection at an evening event in July 2015. Applicants from charities benefitting local people are preferred. In previous years, charities such as the Norfolk Hospice and St Nicholas’ Chapel have collected £250-£450 from festival patrons.
Any interested charities should email email@example.com by Monday 29 September in the first instance. Applications will be considered by the Festival’s Board of Trustees in October.
...To everyone who supported the festival this year through
office and technical support
and of course our festival friends
THE 2015 KING'S LYNN FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD FROM 12-25 JULY... FURTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE SOON!
The 64th King’s Lynn Festival was declared an artistic and financial success after the final concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday.
Artistic director Ambrose Miller said: “It has been a consistently top level festival from start to finish with internationally-renowned artists alongside excellent young talent who are the stars of the future.
“Festival lectures have all been fascinating and we’ve also had some splendid lighter entertainment. It has been a festival to remember,” he said.
Some 5,500 people bought tickets for 25 events, more than a third of which were sell-outs, said Festival chairman Alison Croose.
“The programme’s diverse appeal has certainly attracted new audiences. We anticipate that our box office targets will be achieved so the festival breaks even.”
She said visitors had travelled from all over the country, and from abroad, specifically to attend the festival. “While organising a wide-ranging programme to interest people in West Norfolk we are also determined to play a key role in keeping this Festival Town on the map and continuing to draw visitors from far and wide to fill local hotels, restaurants and car parks during festival fortnight.”
One highlight had been the visit of the Festival President, the Duke of Kent, to the concert by the Navarra String Quartet.
The high calibre of participating artists had been underlined when the BBC appealed for soprano Louise Alder to be released from her Lynn Festival concert at the 11th hour to take a leading role at the BBC Proms, said Mrs Croose.
Festival activity had extended beyond the concert hall with four free Buy a Beer concerts attended by dozens of people.
Music was also taken to Churchill Park School in Lynn where conductor John Lubbock and three musicians from the Orchestra of St John’s played for nearly 100 youngsters with complex needs who were able to enjoy - and conduct - the music.
Mrs Croose said teachers were delighted that such a valuable experience was offered to students by festival musicians and it was an activity the festival hoped to repeat.
Local authority funding was critical to the festival’s survival, said Mrs Croose who thanked the borough and county councils plus the business and private sponsors who made possible a significant number of events. She also thanked the army of volunteers for their active support.
The 2015 Festival will be held on July 12-25.
King’s Lynn Festival has come to the rescue of the BBC Proms by releasing a singer due to perform at a festival concert tomorrow (Tues July 22) so she can step into a major role in the Proms.
The BBC appealed to Lynn Festival organisers to allow Louise Alder –who has been hailed as “a radiant performer” – to make an 11th hour appearance in Glyndebourne’s production of Der Rosenkavalier from which a soprano has had to withdraw.
Festival artistic director Ambrose Miller said: “It would have been churlish to deny a young artist such an opportunity. Fortunately the festival has been able to bring in another equally high calibre singer to perform a different but very attractive programme.”
“This chain of events also highlights the quality and reputation of the artists we bring to Lynn Festival,” Mr Miller added.
Louise Alder, runner-up for the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier prize, will be replaced at Tuesday’s morning coffee concert in Lynn Town Hall by another Ferrier runner-up, baritone Benedict Nelson who has sung in the Wigmore Hall, in English National Opera productions and in major European opera houses. With pianist Joseph Middleton, described as “one of the brightest stars in the world of song and lieder” Benedict Nelson will present a programme including Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe and Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel.
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The Duke of Kent, president of King’s Lynn Festival, attended Thursday evening’s (July 17) festival concert by the Navarra String Quartet in St George’s Guildhall.
The occasion was the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert in memory of the festival’s founder and was sponsored by Mary Roche, daughter of Lady Fermoy, and by Festival Private Patrons.
The quartet was formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music by students from England and the Netherlands. They have an international reputation as one of the most dynamic string quartets of today.
Festival chairman Alison Croose said: “We were delighted to welcome the Duke who clearly shared the appreciation of the whole audience in a memorable performance of music by Mozart, Borodin and Schubert.”
Borough Mayor and Mayoress Barry and Christine Ayres welcomed the Duke on his arrival.
A former leader of West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra will return to King's Lynn on Tuesday 22 July with her own music group to perform at a King’s Lynn Festival event.
Lizzie Gutteridge will bring Blondel, her Renaissance wind band, to All Saints Church on Tuesday at 7pm to present a programme entitled Eternal Summer.
Her music career began while she was a student at Springwood High School, but much of her enthusiasm for early music came from her father, Chris Gutteridge, and his close involvement with Lynn Waits.
Lizzie said Blondel’s programme would be very lively. “Fifteenth century music has a rhythmic drive and is really toe-tapping. It is also fascinating because of the complexities of the tribal rhythms,” she said.
Lizzie met her two fellow musicians at the Guildhall School of Music. She said their performance would be very visual because they all play shawms, bagpipes and recorders of various sizes.
“The intimate church setting will be ideal because we talk about the pieces and explain what we are playing,” she said.
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Blondel will also give one of four free Buy a Beer concerts which will take the Festival’s classical music to audiences in Lynn’s hotel and pub bars. Blondel are to play on the pedestrianised space at the Tuesday Market Place or in the Duke’s Head Hotel if it is wet. Their shorter programme, on Tuesday 22 July at 1pm will be different from the one they play at the All Saints concert.
Youngsters at a West Norfolk School had the chance to try their hand at conducting music played by classical musicians during a school “celebration day”.
John Lubbock, conductor of the internationally-famous Orchestra of St John’s, and three of the orchestra’s string players held a workshop at Churchill Park School for pupils with complex needs at King’s Lynn.
Their visit was arranged in conjunction with the orchestra’s performance at a King’s Lynn Festival concert in the Minster Church on Tuesday evening. (Tues July 15)
Mr Lubbock, who has an autistic son and frequently works with young people with learning difficulties, encouraged students aged from seven to 15 to try their hand at conducting the music – and met with an enthusiastic response.
Class teacher Clara Smith, said:” We have had visits from other musicians but they have never heard classical music before. It quite clearly has a calming effect on the children and they enjoy the music.
“We try and give them a variety of experiences of music and theatre so are delighted to have classical musicians here,” she said.
About 60 youngsters were able to join in the workshop during a “day of celebration” as the summer holiday approaches.
Festival chairman Alison Croose said: “We were delighted to provide this opportunity for youngsters at Churchill Park and it was great to see their positive response to the music and to Mr Lubbock’s invitation to them to try their hand at conducting.”
Friends of the Festival will be enjoying exclusive discounts at FOUR top notch eateries in this years King's Lynn Festival.
From Sunday 13 - 26 July the following restaurants are offering fantastic savings to Friends and Sponsors who have a 'SUPPORTERS CARD'.
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Rathskeller Wine Bar & Bistro
1 Hanse House, South Quay, King’s Lynn PE30 5GN
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Market Bistro, 11 Saturday Market Place King's Lynn PE30 5DQ
BANK HOUSE HOTEL, BAR & BRASSERIE
10% discount on food only - excl. drinks
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Bank House Hotel, King’s Staithe Square, King’s Lynn PE30 1RD
10% discount on food - excl. drinks
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The Riverside Restaurant, 27 King Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1ET
Pre-booking is essential. Please request your Supporters discount card at the time of booking and show your membership card on arrival.
King’s Lynn Festival audiences can look forward to memorable concerts by world-class musicians during the forthcoming feast of music and the arts featuring musicians and orchestras which maintain the Festival’s tradition of excellence, including the Orchestra of St John’s. The Festival's Artistic Director Ambrose Miller said the Orchestra's programme would include Tchaikovsky’s “wonderfully romantic” Serenade for Strings. “The work will be fascinating to hear alongside Mendelssohn’s youthful Violin Concerto performed by outstanding young violinist Mathilde Milwidsky,” Mr Miller said.
On Thursday July 17 the Navarra String Quartet, described by Mr Miller as “one of the best young string quartets in the world” who have played at many major international venues, will be at St George’s Guildhall. Their international reputation is especially appropriate as they will present the Ruth Fermoy memorial Concert in memory of the festival’s founder. The musicians are from England and the Netherlands and met at the Royal Northern College of Music. Their programme will include Schubert’s Quartet, Death and the Maiden.
Also, a specially commissioned fanfare celebrating the artistic and cultural links between King’s Lynn and the French town of Amiens will launch the 64th King’s Lynn Festival on Sunday July 13. The prize-winning Fairey Brass band will perform the world premiere of the short and lively work entitled Burlesques, written by award-winning 35-year-old composer Karl Fiorini, a Maltese-born musician now resident in Paris. The composition of Burlesques was made possible with a grant from the European Commission.
The 200th anniversary of Burney’s death is being marked by a special Charles Burney Day on July 19 during this year's King’s Lynn Festival.
Musician and composer Dr Charles Burney was treated as a “pop idol” of the day when he lived and worked in King’s Lynn in the 18th century but his influence continues to underline the town’s position on the cultural map.
- Find out more at the Burney Day Lecture
- Hear Burney's music played on the organ he commissioned
- Read more about the Festival's Burney Day
Nicholas Crane, geographer, adventurer and TV presenter will return to the destination of his first solo expedition when he appears at King’s Lynn Festival in July.
As a 14-year-old he cycled from his home near Norwich to Lynn at the start of a three-day adventure. He stayed at the town’s youth hostel then continued to Sheringham and its youth hostel before completing the circuit home.
“It was the first time I had used a map on my own,” said Nick who learned much about the skills of using a map and compass from his father, an enthusiastic mountaineer.
Nick's Festival lecture on July 16, entitled Maplines, presented in conjunction with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), explores the way maps open the door to geographical enlightenment.
“It will includes lots of anecdotes from my journeys and film shoots ranging from the Hindu Kush and Tibet to the Pyrenees and the Pennines,” he said.
There are still some tickets available for Nick's lecture which can be booked here or by telephoning the Box Office on 01553 764864
Norfolk resident and nationally-renowned musical comedy writer and singer, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, has promised his performance at King’s Lynn Festival audience will have a strong local flavour.
Kit and McConnell – pianist James McConnel – have both had homes in Norfolk for many years so are familiar with the characteristics and current issues in the county to add to their vast repertoire of original, topical songs. In his former guise as Kit and the Widow with a previous performance partner, Kit Hesketh-Harvey appeared at St George’s Guildhall some years ago and is looking forward to his return on Friday July 25. “It is a great space to play. I love its intimacy. The evening will certainly have local flavour as we both know the county so well,” he said.
This year we are delighted to support a number of free events to introduce everyone to a varied musical programme in informal settings:
Sunday 13 July, 6pm
The fantastic Fairey Band will perform a short fanfare in the Tuesday Market Place just after 6pm - the premiere of a specially-commissioned piece of music to mark the artisitic and cultural links between King's Lynn and the French town of Amiens.
You can also see them in concert at the Corn Exchange aftwerwards.
Tuesday 15 July, 2.30pm
One of the festival's many fringe events, the popular Svyati Duo will perform music for organ and cello at King's Lynn Minster. Further information available from 01553 767090.
Sunday 20 July, 4pm-7pm
Enjoy a great afternoon of cocktails and jazz at Bank House Hotel, King's Staithe Square, featuring George King's Festival Trio.
Monday 21 July, 2.15pm
See a 30-minute performance by the award winning Jubilee String Quartet at Bank House Hotel.
Its not too late to grab yourself the last tickets of their full concert on Sunday 20 July.
Tuesday 22 July, 1pm
The wonderful Renaissance wind band Blondel are giving a 30-minute recital on the Tuesday Market Place (or that the Duke's Head Hotel if the weather is bad), These 3 talented musicians use traditional instruments including shawms, recorders, curtals and bagpipes to perform songs and dances evocative of midsummer from a bygone era.
Blondel will also be performing a full concert in All Saints Church that evening. Tickets are still available.
Thursday 24 July, 1.30pm
Internationally acclaimed cellist Oscar Alabau will provide the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing drink or bite to eat at the Farmer's Arms, Knight's Hill Hotel.
There are still a few tickets left for the coffee concert at the Town Hall beforehand, where Oscar will appear with pianist Hannah Watson performing works by R Schumann, Debussy, Chopin and new work by Alex Woolf.
Friday 25 July, 1pm
Catch a short programme of chamber music performed by Eblana String Trio at the Rathskeller Bar & Bistro, Hanse House, South Quay.
Eblana will be joined by exceptionally versatile pianist Andrew Dunlop for the coffee concert at the Town Hall, performing Mozart Piano Quartet in E flat K.493, Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor Op.60 and new work by Rhiannon Randle.
There are also a number of free exhibitions including:
West Norfolk Artists Association Festival Exhibition
Archaeology Exhibition at King's Lynn Minster on Saturday 19 July
Dersingham Pottery & Gallery Exhibition at 48 Chapel Road, Dersingham, from 5 July throughout the summer
Photography Exhibition at Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre, from 7 July to 2 August
Personal Expressions textile exhibition
King's Lynn Art Club at the Old Warehouse Gallery, Arts Centre from 11 July to 26 July
Embroiderer's Guild "Flower Art" exhibition at Red Cross Hall, Austin Fields on Saturday 12 July & Sunday 13 July
Georgian Lynn and the Brilliant Burney Family – A walk with Dr. Paul Richards 4th July 2014
Meet at St. Nicholas’ Chapel 6.30pm
Tickets £10 per person with a glass of wine at Clifton House
Limited to 30 people – Advance Bookings only from 01553 767557
Due to popular demand Dr Paul Richards has very kindly agreed to run a further ‘Burney’ walk with proceeds going to the King’s Lynn Festival.
This year marks the tercentenary of George I ascending the British throne to open the Georgian Age and the bicentenary of the death of Dr Charles Burney (1726-1814). Charles arrived in Lynn in 1751 to become organist at St Margaret’s. He was soon a ‘star’ in the town and district where “the best families” sought his services as a music tutor, though his work as a historian and composer was paramount.
Dr Burney’s equally famous novelist daughter, Fanny, was born in Chapel Street in 1752. The family moved to High Street and Charles and Fanny were associated with several merchant houses in Georgian Lynn as well as the Town Hall and St Margaret’s. Visits to these significant locations highlight the tour.
The tour ends at Clifton House at 8pm followed by a glass of wine in the garden.
The King’s Lynn Festival is very grateful to the owners of Clifton House - Dr. Simon Thurley & Dr. Anna Keay and Hayes & Storr Solicitors who have kindly sponsored the event.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT THE FESTIVAL OFFICE ON 01553 767557.
King’s Lynn Festival organisers are expecting ticket sales to get off to a flying start when the box office for this year’s event, being staged on July 13-26, opens on Monday. (April 28).
There has already been much public enthusiasm for this summer’s wide-ranging programme and there was a queue outside the Corn Exchange when priority booking started last Monday (April 14).
High levels of interest were reflected in brisk box office business as concert-goers snapped up tickets to see and hear the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist John Lill, Clare Teal with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, the Fairey Brass Band, the Orchestra of St John’s, guitarist Craig Ogden with The London Tango Quintet and cabaret duo, Kit and McConnel.
“We have already received a lot of positive comments about the great breadth of interest in the programme and anticipate that enthusiasm will be translated into a busy box office,” said Festival chairman, Alison Croose.
You can now easily browse our brochure online and help save printing and postage costs.
Of course, if you would prefer to have a hard copy, you can still request a brochure from us or pick one up from libraries and tourist information centres in West Norfolk.
After months of feverish development behind the scenes, we’re pleased to launch our new website. We think you’ll find that it has a fresh new look and that is more streamlined and easier to navigate. You’ll still be able to find out about news and developments, and more importantly, book for all shows which go on sale on April 28th!
We like to extend our thanks to Steele Media with whom we have worked so closely on this project. They've done a fantastic job and we're looking forward to continued work with them.
Some great new features on our website include the improved What’s On section, where you can see a handy list with all our events, plus the option to filter your search by different performance genre. When you click on a listed event you can now buy a ticket, find out more information on the venue and the artists (you can even watch videos or follow them through social media networks). You can use your Facebook or Twitter accounts to leave comments for us. New feature boxes and a news feed on our Home Page make is easier to find out important information quickly, you can sign up to a new email newsletter service and view our brochure online. And another great thing – our new website now scales down on mobile devices, so you can still access all the features of the Kings Lynn Festival website when you’re on the move!
But we're not finished with the site - this is only the start. There's plenty more that we'd like to do and no doubt there will be things that we need to tidy up or tweak. Over the next few months we will continue to update and improve the site with online Friends enrolment, blogs and new links to local information and amenities.
We're keen to hear your thoughts so that we can continue to develop the site with our users in mind, so have a look around, and if you have any comments or queries, please contact us.