Line up for the King’s Lynn Festival 2021
The King’s Lynn Festival announced the lineup for this summer’s event as it celebrates its 70th anniversary.
The event, which runs July 18-31, will feature classical recitals and concerts, jazz, lectures, walks and a 70th anniversary exhibit, celebrating the history of the festival.
The 70th festival was supposed to take place last July, but had to be canceled due to the Covid pandemic.
The Festival will open on Saturday July 18 with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra at St. Nicholas Chapel with saxophonist Asha Parkinson, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in a swing, Latin and funk style big band music program.
The annual Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert, commemorating the festival’s founder, takes place on Tuesday, July 20 and features pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.
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This year’s midday concert series features the Marmen Quartet, violinist Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, pianist Maxim Kinasov, Mithras Piano Trio and oboist Hannah Condliffe.
The Anniversary Exhibition – Past Times, New Horizons features painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking and glass. Works by Edward Seago, Harry Barr, Hugh Casson, Duncan Grant, Ana Maria Pacheco and works by contemporary artists such as Ivy Smith, Jon Harris and Hazel Burgess.
Portraits of world-famous names from previous festivals will be on display in the Red Barn, including Sir Benjamin Britten, Dame Sybil Thorndike and Kathleen Ferrier.
Other highlights include a walk exploring how the city’s historic buildings are intertwined in the history of the Festival; an outdoor concert with the Magnard ensemble; a jazz evening with John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe, Early Music Day with The Bach Players and organist Ben Horden and a celebration by Kathleen Ferrier with Diana Moore (mezzo-soprano), John Reid (piano) and Zeb Soanes (narrator).
Most events will take place in three of the city’s historic churches: the Cathedral, St. Nicholas Chapel, and All Saints Church.
Festival President Alison Croose said; “This year’s program will not be as intense as usual, but there will be no decrease in the traditional quality of the festival. All events will be organized in accordance with the restrictions and advice of the government at the time. “
Tickets on sale to the public from Monday June 14 via 01553 764864 or online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk.