WNJYO, King's Lynn

RICHARD PARR While King's Lynn Festival marked the Queen's Golden Jubilee in its opening concert, the talented young musicians of the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra and Concert Band also had their own anniversary to celebrate – their silver.

RICHARD PARR

While King's Lynn Festival marked the Queen's Golden Jubilee in its opening concert, the talented young musicians of the West Norfolk Jubilee Youth Orchestra and Concert Band also had their own anniversary to celebrate – their silver.

And how they celebrated with a wonderfully entertaining programme of styles and contrasts.

These ranged from Haydn Wood's Grand March Elizabeth of England, Carl Weber's Concerto in E-flat major with solo clarinet, to a beautiful Ted Rickett Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Holst's Second Suite in F for Military Band.

The half-full Corn Exchange auditorium was disappointing for this bargain-priced but excellent value concert (all seats £6 , students even less). WNJYO members rightfully take centre stage for one festival evening because they are the concert performers and audiences of tomorrow.

For many a highlight will have been Weber's Concerto with the accomplished solo clarinet contribution from Sarah Hooke.

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After the interval, orchestra conductor, Joan Hooke, handed her baton to Richard Hall, conductor of the Concert Band.

Again there were contrasts, a medley tribute to Satchmo and then Percy Grainger's arrangement of Irish folk tunes, County Derry and Shepherd's Hey.

There were some dramatic and rousing sounds created in the selection from the musical score for the block-buster movie , ET, particularly from the percussionists.

In Holst's Second Suite we were treated to a lively setting of folk songs.

The warmly appreciative audience were rewarded with an encore of foot-tapping Abba instrumentals, including Dancing Queen and Mamma Mia. Such was the celebratory mood they could have played and we could have listened all night.

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