The organisers of King’s Lynn Festival have been congratulated for bringing a “magnificent” programme of events to the town.
West Norfolk Mayor Nick Daubney praised everyone involved with the event and said he admired their hard work and dedication.
Mr Daubney spoke at Wednesday’s launch of what will be the 69th festival, to be held from July 14 to 27.
In launching the programme and highlighting some of the events, festival chairman Alison Croose said it continued to attract world famous artistes to the town and boost tourism.
The festival promised “something for everyone without compromising quality,” she said.
The two-week programme of music and arts will be kicked off with free music and activities at the Tuesday Market Place during the day and an evening performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Corn Exchange.
The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert will be presented by the world-renowned Endellion Quartet.
A festival favourite, soprano Lesley Garrett is to return to the town. Another famous name, musician John Williams will be in concert with two other guitarists and there will be a first appearance in Lynn of singer, pianist and songwriter, Joe Stilgoe and his trio.
Mrs Croose praised the artistic director Ambrose Miller for assembling an inspiring programme. The festival will also mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20 with science and space themes and a lecture by Professor Robert Winston, a doctor, scientist and television presenter.
As well as a packed musical and arts programme, there will be coffee concerts, walks and films and what Mrs Croose described as a “ground-breaking” exhibition with the Gustav Metzger Foundation.
Artist and political activist Metzger lived in Lynn’s Queen Street in the 1950s and the exhibition will feature some of his work during his time in the town. Mrs Croose said it was set to be a “real eye-opener” and “really exciting for us”.
The closing concert on Saturday, July 27 will feature the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
In thanking the festival sponsors and grant organisations for their support, Mrs Croose said it was a “top quality festival” with broad appeal with the aim of helping to put Lynn on the map, boost tourism and enrich lives.
The festival brochure will be available in April and the box office opens in May.
See www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk for details.