Hanse choir set for first performance

A community choir specially formed for King's Lynn's Hanse Festival will perform for the first time at a special concert on Saturday.

A community choir specially formed for King's Lynn's Hanse Festival will perform for the first time at a special concert on Saturday.

The concert, organised by the Hanse Supporters Club, seeks to celebrate King's Lynn's links to other towns in the Modern Hanse League and will take place at All Saints' Church, Hillington Square, between 5pm and 6.30pm on Saturday.

It coincides with International Hanse Day, which will be celebrated across Europe on Saturday.

The 30-strong Hanse Community Choir was formed to encourage local people to get involved in this summer's festival.

It includes members from Germany and Portugal, as well as singers from further afield.

Sheena Carmen, West Norfolk's arts development officer, said: "We are really pleased that the Hanse Supporters Club has invited us to join the Cantabile Youth Choir and students from King Edward VII High School to mark this day, and hope that lots of people will come along to enjoy the evening."

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Member of the Hanse Supporters Group and eminent local historian Dr Paul Richards said: "Celebrating Hanseatic Day in Europe every May helps to raise the profile of King's Lynn on the continent as the only English town in the New Hanseatic League, now with 173 members. This concert is an ideal way to enjoy the day and promote our town and borough."

Cantabile Youth Choir and students from King Edward VII High School will be performing songs with a nautical theme to celebrate the maritime heritage of the Hanse League alongside the Hanse Community Choir. Sam Miller, star of the King's Lynn Operatic and Dramatic Society's production of Oliver will perform Sailing.

Everyone is welcome and admission is free. For information, or to view the full programme, visit www.kingslynnhansefestival.com