The Hallé, which has appeared at the festival many times, will launch this year’s feast of music and the arts with an exciting programme including Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and works by Vaughan Williams, Copland and Bernstein.
Many more internationally-renowned names visiting at Lynn include guitarist Craig Ogden who will share the stage with vocalist Jacqui Dankworth, Claire Martin and the BBC Big Band, top choral ensemble The Sixteen, pianist Llŷr Williams, impressionist Alistair McGowan whose career has taken a new path as a pianist, historian and BBC arts presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon, folk singer Eddi Reader and touring band Los Pacaminos with Paul Young.
For Strictly Come Dancing fans there will be a special treat when 2017 finalist Giovanni Pernice ends his 56-date national tour, Born To Win, at the festival. Pernice will also hold a masterclass in Lynn for dance enthusiasts.
Festival chairman Alison Croose said: “Enthusiasm for the wide-ranging programme featuring so many famous names has been reflected at the busy box office.”
The packed programme includes violinist brothers Vladimir and Anton who were special guests at last year’s Friday Night is Music Night recording at the festival.
“Historian Suzannah Lipscomb, the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus performance of Rachmaninov Vespers, the Chiaroscuro Quartet and the ever-popular series of five morning coffee concerts, plus films and walks, will add to the wide variety of 36 events which offer something for everyone,” Mrs Croose said.
One of today’s leading cellists, Warsaw-born Marcin Zdunik, will be the festival’s artist-in-residence making five appearances including playing two Bach suites for cello at St Nicholas’ Chapel on July 21, presenting the first of the five morning coffee concerts on July 23 and as soloist in the all-Tchaikovsky final night concert.
The Festival exhibition, Lynn from All Angles, will feature the work of Lynn man Walter Dexter who died 60 years ago, and Cambridge artist Jon Harris who shares Dexter’s fascination for Lynn, especially views of the River Great Ouse and the historic buildings along the waterfront.
There will also be films, talks and walks. Call the box office at the Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or visit www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk