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Performances to look out for at King's Lynn Festival

PUBLISHED: 09:39 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:39 19 July 2018

Chiaroscuro Quartet will be performing at King's Lynn Festival. Picture: Agnese_Blaubarde

Chiaroscuro Quartet will be performing at King's Lynn Festival. Picture: Agnese_Blaubarde

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More famous names will be heading to West Norfolk to perform in the second week of King's Lynn Festival.

A busy weekend will include a concert at St Nicholas’ Chapel by the world-famous choral ensemble The Sixteen, whose programme at 7pm on Saturday, July 21, entitled Immortal Legacy, will include works by Byrd, Tallis and Britten.

It will be followed by a late-night recital at 9.30pm by the festival’s artist-in-residence Marcin Zdunik from Poland - the first of six events he is involved in.

Mr Zdunik will perform in the final concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, July 28, where he will play in the all-Tchaikovsky programme.

On Sunday, July 22, vocalist Claire Martin will be the guest of the BBC Big Band at the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm, with a programme entitled Swing Legends and Big Band Divas.

Historian Suzannah Lipscomb will talk on Witchcraft at St George’s Guildhall on Saturday, July 21 at 3.30pm and on Wednesday, July 25 art critic and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon will give two talks at the St George’s Guildhall.

His first talk at 4pm, Rome Unpacked, is based on his Italian Adventures with a chef and his second talk at 8pm, Reflections on the Royal Collection, will be based on his latest BBC series exploring the dazzling collection of art and objects owned by the Queen.

The Netherlands-based Britten Youth Orchestra is making a rare trip to the UK for a family-friendly performance of varied classical music at King’s Lynn Minster on Monday, July 23 at 5pm.

Also on Monday, at St George’s Guildhall at 8pm, Alistair McGowan will provide an introduction to classical piano following the success of his recent classical piano album – but there will also be a sprinkling of his trademark impressions.

The Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert, remembering the Festival’s founder, will be given by the highly-acclaimed Chiaroscuro Quartet at St George’s Guildhall on Thursday, July 26.

Duelling violinist brothers Vladimir and Anton, who were special guests of the BBC Concert Orchestra at the recording of Friday Night is Music Night at last year’s festival, will return with their own show at the Guildhall on Thursday, July 26.

Folk singer Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction, is set to appear at a near sell-out concert at the Guildhall on Friday, July 27.

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