Norfolk Rhapsody: Ralph Vaughan Williams in Norfolk

Sunday 17 July 2022

7.30pm • King's Lynn Town Hall • £16 (under 25s 50% off)

Jill Bennett, Elizabeth James and Andy Masterson narrators
Denise Bridge and Geoff Phillipson singers
David Hill piano

In 1905, the young composer Ralph Vaughan Williams came to West Norfolk as a collector of folk songs. By chance, he was introduced to the fishing community of North Lynn and their friends who sang him, to his delight, their "seemingly inexhaustible fund of splendid tunes". 70 years ago, Vaughan Williams came to the King's Lynn Festival to talk about his days as a collector.  Join Elizabeth James, Jill Bennett and friends as they trace the singers and the songs, and the lifelong influence they had on Vaughan Williams's music.


King's Lynn Town Hall

King's Lynn Town Hall

Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5DQ

The Town Hall’s chequerboard façade conceals six hundred years of history. An evocative example of Lynn’s rich heritage, the Town Hall boasts a series of majestic oak panelled rooms, decorated by elegant chandeliers.

Car Parking
There is parking directly opposite the Town Hall on the Saturday Market Place and behind it on Baker Lane.  Please note: Charges apply 24 hours a day, including for Blue Badge holders. Please ensure you pay the correct fee.  Current charges are available on the borough council website:

There is one level access from the front door to the lift and toilet for people with disabilities on the ground floor. There is an infra-red sound enhancement system for the hard of hearing, and guide dogs are admitted.

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All of our Town Hall festival events have unreserved seats.  Capacity varies from 70 to 170 depending on event.  Due to current building works and fire regulations at the venue, please note there are only 4 wheelchair spaces available and these MUST be booked in advance.


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