kings lynn festival 2015TYhe 65th King’s Lynn Festival

12-25 July 2015

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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 will include four orchestras, pianist Freddy Kempf, trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins, veteran comedian Barry Cryer, historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, and Capercaillie, a major force in Celtic music.

One Festival event will put Lynn on the national stage when the BBC Concert Orchestra records an edition of Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night on July 20.

Another special occasion will be a Royal Shakespeare Company production, focussing on 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.

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’s artistic director, Ambrose Miller, described the programme as: “One of the most ambitious we have presented – and it has something for everyone.

“Celebrating the 65th Festival is special and we have a programme with very broad appeal to do just that. Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage also looms large as we bring the Flanders Symphony Orchestra from Bruges to perform the final concert with pianist Freddy Kempf. We shall also welcome the Notos Quartet from Berlin and pianist Maksim Stsura from Estonia,” Mr Miller said.

This year’s Festival exhibition marks a new partnership with The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich which is to loan an exhibition of the work of portrait photographer John Hedgecoe.

Professor Paul Greenhalgh, director of SCVA, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to be taking part in King’s Lynn Festival which through the decades has been regarded as one of the most important in the region and country.

“We have created an exhibition drawn from the magnificent collection of John Hedgecoe’s work which was donated to the Sainsbury Centre by his family in 2011. The exhibition will include a number of portraits of major personalities who have been closely associated with the Festival over the years.

“We hope the Festival audience will enjoy these beautiful images of leading personalities by a photographer who loved Norfolk,” Professor Greenhalgh said.

The Festival also has a new partnership with Westacre Theatre which will provide the setting for an afternoon concert by the Solem Quartet.

Festival chairman Alison Croose said: “We want Festival audiences to enjoy concerts in special venues in West Norfolk and this year they will have the opportunity to enjoy classical music and tea in the lovely setting of Westacre Theatre.”

The Festival will open on July 12 with Viva Vivaldi! as the European Union Chamber Orchestra launches two weeks of top-class music with a performance of Vivaldi’s popular Four Seasons. Then King’s Lynn Festival Chorus will join EUCO to sing uplifting works including Vivaldi’s Gloria to celebrate the start of the 65th Festival.

Two days later a second EUCO concert will feature world-famous trumpet-player Crispian Steele-Perkins in a stirring programme of music by Haydn, Handel and Mozart.

On July 16 the Notos Quartet will present the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert in memory of the Festival’s founder, and the renowned Academy of Ancient Music will give an early music concert on July 18.

There will be a piano recital by Benjamin Grosvenor on July 23 and rising stars of the classical music world will present the popular morning coffee concert series on July 20-24.

As part of the Hanseatic theme Andrew Graham-Dixon will talk on The Art of the Low Countries on July 15. The Re-creation of Lost Buildings will be author and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank’s subject on July 22.

Adding to the variety Capercaillie will present their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary folk on July 21 and there will be more lively music, featuring popular jazz band King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys on July 24.

Barry Cryer and pianist Colin Sell will provide an evening of laughter on July 17, films will be presented in partnership with King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club – Vincent and Theo on July 15 and The Page Turner on July 22. Contemporary Consort will give a concert on July 13 and a Royal Geographical Society illustrated lecture will be given by Professor Callum Roberts on July 18.

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