Major opera star heads King's Lynn Festival line-up

ALISON CROOSE Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the world's greatest opera stars, is to take part in King's Lynn Festival on July 23 when she will sing a special programme at the Corn Exchange.

ALISON CROOSE

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the world's greatest opera stars, is to take part in King's Lynn Festival on July 23 when she will sing a special programme at the Corn Exchange.

“King's Lynn is very fortunate to have attracted a major international opera singer of her calibre,” said the festival's artistic director Ambrose Miller last night. (Thurs)

“She will head a line-up which shows that the 57th festival is living up to the traditions established in its early years,” he said.


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Kiri Te Kanawa is a familiar figure in all the leading opera houses and has joined the world's major orchestras on the concert platform. Her repertoire also includes American popular songs and classics from the musical theatre.

Her recital, at which she will be accompanied by Julian Reynolds (piano), is being jointly sponsored by train operating company First Capital Connect and Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council.

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“First Capital Connect is a key member of the community and is delighted to support the headline concert at Lynn Festival which is the premier musical event in the region,” said head of communications Sarah Pinch. “.

Council leader John Dobson said: “Together we are helping bring the very best quality performance to Lynn Festival and we look forward to working with First Capital Connect, not just this year, but in the future to sustain this flagship festival which is a fixture in Norfolk's cultural calendar,” he said.

The programme for the two-week festival, which runs from July 15-28, includes plenty of star talent including pianist and festival vice-president, Freddy Kempf whose performance thrilled the last-night audience in 2005.

He will give a recital in the Corn Exchange on Thursday July 26 and a coffee concert with violinist Katja Lammemann the following day.

They represent the younger generation of young musicians along with cellist Natalie Clein who will perform in St Nicholas' Chapel with the European Union Chamber Orchestra on July 17.

Two more festival favourites will return - the Academy of Ancient Music on Saturday July 21 and the Philharmonia Orchestra who will give the final concert featuring violinist Min-Jin Kym on July 28.

Another festival vice-president David Starkey will be back in Lynn on July 27 to talk about Church, State and Crown.

John Tams, the BBC 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2006, also well-known for his role in TV series Sharpe alongside Sean Bean, is to take part in the festival with Barry Coope on Wednesday July 25.

One of Britain's most distinguished quartets, the Chilingirian, are to take part as well as the award-winning Carducci Quartet who are to give at concert at Park House, Sandringham.

Speakers at the literary dinner on July 20 will be announced later.

The festival brochure will be released in early May and the box office will open in mid-May. For more information call 01553-767557.

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