King’s Lynn Festival 2017: Roger McGough, Clare Teal and the Blazin’ Fiddles to kick-off the festival season

Roger McGough and Little Machine performed at King's Lynn Festival. Picture: Nick Wright

Roger McGough and Little Machine performed at King's Lynn Festival. Picture: Nick Wright - Credit: Nick Wright

This week will see world-renowned poets and classical musicians take centre stage at this year's King's Lynn Festival.

Learn more about the harpsichord with musician Robin Bigwood in a workshop in King's Lynn. Picure: C

Learn more about the harpsichord with musician Robin Bigwood in a workshop in King's Lynn. Picure: COURTESY OF KING'S LYNN FESTIVAL - Credit: Supplied by King's Lynn Festival

Monday, July 17

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will perform a mixture chamber and ceremonial music complete with marches in Town Hall at 5.30pm.

Festival veteran pianist Freddy Kempf will bring his renditions of masterpieces by composers Chopin, Schumann and Tchaikovsky to the King's Lynn Minster at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, July 18

Pianist Freddy Kempf. Picture: Neda Navaee

Pianist Freddy Kempf. Picture: Neda Navaee - Credit: Archant


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Visitors will have a chance to chat with distinguished composer Robin Holloway before his performance in Town Hall at 6.15pm.

Liverpool poet Roger McGough is to recite a selection of his award-winning poems against a backdrop of music by the Little Machine in St George's Guildhall at 8pm.

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Wednesday, July 19

A harmonious blend of chorale and symphonies will take over St Nicholas' Chapel at 8pm with 60-strong European Union Chamber Orchestra (EUCO) supported by King's Lynn Festival Chorus.

Thursday, July 20

A screening of silent movie The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, the first horror film ever made, will come alive with a live musical accompaniment from Minima, at 7.30pm in St George's Guildhall.

Friday, July 21

Flutist Annabel Knight will be joined by harpsichordist Robin Bigwood at All Saints' Church at 6pm for a tribute piece of German composer Telemann, with this year marking 250 years since his death.

Scottish fiddle band Blazin' Fiddles will return to King's Lynn in St Georges' Guildhall at 8pm following the success of their last sell-out show in 2013.

Saturday, July 22

The weekend will begin with a host of activities, including a harpsichord workshop with Robin Bigwood, a screening of wartime musical Balletboyz - Young Men and a talk with historian Marc Morris on his biography of King John.

EUCO will return for another concert at the King's Lynn Minster at 7pm and Robin Bigwood will end the evening with a performance at 9.30pm.

Sunday, July 23

Clare Teal will end the week on a high note with a diverse range of songs from swing to ballads at the Corn Exchange at 7.30pm.

For more information and tickets, call the festival box office on 01553 764864 or visit their website.

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