From left: Ema Holman, festival administrator, Alison Croose, chairman and Kate Francis, marketing officer. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

King’s Lynn Festival has launched a packed programme of events. 

Everything from jazz to sculpture and classical music to film will be available between July 17 and 30.

Chairman Alison Croose said last year’s event would be a hard act to follow, with record-breaking box office receipts, but the team was looking forward to another great festival.

“We couldn’t do it without the support of all our sponsors and West Norfolk Council,” she said at Wednesday’s launch.

Council leader Nick Daubney said the annual event was among the best in the country and should be celebrated.

King’s Lynn Festival has unveiled its programme for a packed fortnight of entertainment

The 66th annual event will feature names including singer Lesley Garrett, Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

“We are delighted to be returning to St Nicholas Chapel after all the work that has been done there,” said festival chairman Alison Croose, who added that last year had been a record for the box office.

The festival has a packed programme of 30 events starting on July 17. Eight of them will take place in St George’s Guildhall at the Arts Centre, four in the Minster and the festival also visits West Acre Theatre for a Sunday afternoon concert.

“It will be a top level festival with major international classical performers and stars of lighter music with something for everyone, including pop-up concerts in venues around the town,” said Ambrose Miller, artistic director at the festival.

There will be an exhibition in Lynn’s Fermoy Gallery of works by American-born artist Alfred Cohen, who lived in Norfolk until his death in 1981.

A second exhibition will feature sculptures by artist Susan Bacon  inspired by Shakespeare.

On July 16 there will be free entertainment staged in conjunction with the borough council. Attractions include Hoofbeat, Springwood jazz and concert bands, Silent Disco, Travelling by Tuba and music workshops.

Tickets will go on sale for all the festival events in April from the box office 01553 764864.

For further details about the festival, including membership, call the office on 01553 767557 or see the website