The 67th King’s Lynn Festival bursts into life on Sunday with a concert by one of Britain’s top brass bands, four hours of free outdoor entertainment and a special peal of church bells.
The multi-award winning Brighouse and Rastrick Band will present The Best of British Brass at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange at 6.30pm.
Earlier in the day there will be a variety of music on a new borough council stage on the Tuesday Market Place between 11am and 4pm. As well as classical guitar, the A4 Brass Quartet, Harry Strutters Jazz Magic and Spalding’s Ukulele Orchestra, there will be a special visit by some of the stars of BBC’s Friday Night is Music Night.
Duelling violinists Vladimir and Anton, who will feature in the recording of the long-running BBC2 radio programme in Lynn on July 26, will also be in Lynn on Sunday. From 12.45pm they will give a free family show and will also perform as part of Music in the Tuesday Market Place. At 3pm a team of bell-ringers led by David Brown, of Norwich, will begin a newly-created peal entitled King’s Lynn Festival Delight Major at St Nicholas Chapel.
Mr Brown, a bell-ringer at Westminster Abbey, and the team will ring the eight bells for the peal to mark the festival opening. It will last for more than three hours and the chapel will be open for visitors and refreshments.
With more than 30 events, the two-week festival has broad appeal ranging from pianist Freddy Kempf’s recital in Lynn Minster on Monday to Liverpool poet Roger McGough’s new poetry and live music show on Tuesday.
The annual Contemporary Consort performance on Tuesday will feature guest composer Robin Holloway.
Thursday offers a rare opportunity to watch the first horror film, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, accompanied by live music. Some of the musicians performing during the festival will also be involved in free pop-up events. The first will be given by recorder player Annabel Knight at GroundWork Gallery, in Purfleet Street, on Friday, July 21 at 3pm.
A festival exhibition, Ships and Boats, opens on Monday at Lynn Arts Centre, in King Street, and features works by artist and mariner Alfred Wallis loaned by Kettle’s Yard, part of the University of Cambridge.
West Norfolk councillor Elizabeth Nockolds said: “I’m delighted the borough council has sponsored Music on the Market Place. The council has supported the festival for many years, but this is the first time we have sponsored an outdoor event.”
For details see www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk or call the box office on 01553 764864.