Six of the Best: Cultural highlights not to miss this weekend

Matthew Trusler whose Fairy Tales concert will feature narration from Timothy West

Matthew Trusler whose Fairy Tales concert will feature narration from Timothy West - Credit: Archant

Violinist Matthew Trusler's special Fairy Tales concert, narrated by Timothy West, plus King's Lynn Festival launches, and there is comedy, music and an exhibition of film works. SIMON PARKIN picks six cultural highlights not to miss this weekend.


Fairy Tales Narrated by Timothy West

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, July 12, 2.30pm, £21, £17.50 children, 01603 620917,

Violinist Matthew Trusler has become known for intriguing projects that explore the links between music and words, particularly of fables and fairytales. Here he will be joined by pianist Ashley Wass to bring his project Fairy Tales with illustrious actor Timothy West narrating. It features some of the greatest and most memorable of children's literature: including works by Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan and AA Milne, alongside new musical recordings, such as the Cinderella Suite by Prokofiev, Children's Corner by Debussy, Danse Macabre and The Swan by Saint-Saëns. The live project follows an album devised by Trusler and fellow violinist Maya Koch in aid of the Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation, the charity they started in memory of their late son, Lenny.


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Viva Vivaldi!

King's Lynn Corn Exchange, July 12, 7.30pm, £22-£18, £10 under-18s, 01553 764864,

This year marks the 65th anniversary for the King's Lynn Festival. Running from July 12-25, a wide-ranging programme of classical music, jazz, folk and talks will include four orchestras, pianist Freddy Kempf, trumpet virtuoso Crispian Steele-Perkins, veteran comedian Barry Cryer and much more. However opening the festival in its 65th year, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and King's Lynn Festival Chorus will give a rousing performance, under director/violinist Hans-Peter Hofmann, performing one of the best-loved works ever, Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The programme also includes Bach's Motet Lobet den Herrn and Vivaldi Gloria. Sopranos are Ruth Jenkinson-Robertsson and Sarah-Jane Lewis.


Sara Pascoe

St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, July 9, 8pm, £10, 01493 331484,

Comedian and writer recognisable from Live at the Apollo, 8 of 10 Cats and Mock the Week is the latest in a series of headliners to top the bill at the monthly WCB Comedy nights at St George's Theatre. The monthly stand-up shows also occasionally feature upcoming local acts and here month an opportunity has been afforded to brand new Gorleston comic Ross Downs to make a mark on the comedy scene. He recently impressed WCB Comedy when appearing at their monthly gig in Oulton Broad. Other comics appearing are WCB favourite Jon Murfin, London-based Dubliner and seasoned club comic Rory O'Hanlon and Essex based comic Liam Sullivan.


Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra

Norwich Arts Centre, July 9, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 660352, Bank, Castle Street, Eye, Suffolk, July 11, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01379 873495,

Marty O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player in the vein of John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver and Tom Waits. He will be performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra , featuring Jeff Kissell on the double bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. They seamlessly weave trance-based blues music, harkening back to John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf, with a drunken minor swing comparable to some of Tom Waits' darker works. Support from The Henry Brothers and Andrew Duhon.


An Evening of English Nonsense

St Botolph's Church, Trunch, North Walsham, July 11, 7.30pm, £10 (£8 cons) on door,

Pianist Rachel Fryer returns with friends playing phonofiddles, saws, melodeons and more to reveal her lighter side with the best of English eclectic eccentricity — from the Kinks to Ketelby and a nod to 1970s hits of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. Duck Soup are known for their unique take on English traditional folk music, making use of marimbas, melodeons, dobros and anything else they can lay their hands on. The Trio Buschellini plays the finest in Edwardian and Victorian popular music for phonofiddles, musical saws and piano. This concert includes solo sets from both groups, as well as riotous collaborations, and includes music by composers including Vivian Ellis, Edward Elgar, Queen Lili'uokalani and more.


Sight & Sound

Gallery 133, King Street, Great Yarmouth, until July 17, normal opening hours, admission free, 0788 2934100,

Yarmouth's Gallery 133 hosts a collection of films with local connections and themes alongside stills by Charcrit Boonsom, Martin Figura and others. It includes John Dashwood: Poems and Paintings, local film-maker Charcrit Bonsoom's film following and documenting the life and work of John Dashwood; Michael Horsley Painter and Printmaker, a film about the Cromer-based artist and his work by Siri-Susanna Taylor; and Showtime A Brush With the Circus, a document of a two-year project by Katherine Hamilton at the Hippodrome Circus. The Cabinet of Past Delights features four short films by NUA Fine Art students responding to the brief: 'From what stuff are memories made?'

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