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ALISON CROOSE King's Lynn Corn Exchange


King's Lynn Corn Exchange

An evening of “fun, tunes and rhythm” was musical director Michael Kibblewhite's introduction to the spring concert by King's Lynn Festival Chorus - and they didn't disappoint.

The 140-strong choir ventured into new territory with songs from familiar and lesser known musicals - in contrast to the sacred music which has been the mainstay of their repertoire.

To the delight of a large audience the chorus proved it has the ability to tackle famous numbers from musical theatre, beginning with Lullaby of Broadway from 42nd Street followed by delightful arrangements of songs from Les Miserables and South Pacific.

They shared the stage with Tom Solomon, a protégée of Mr Kibblewhite, who sang a variety of numbers which confirmed his success in becoming BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre in 2005.

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Fascinating Rhythm, April Love and Berkeley Square added to the variety of the concert which culminated in a splendid West Side Story selection.

Credit to Mr Kibblewhite for guiding the chorus to new musical heights which they achieved with relish - and to pianist John Byron for his key contribution to the evening.

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