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Award winning photo taken in Lynn

A photo taken in King’s Lynn has won first prize in a competition held at the Swaffham Camera Club.

The stunning abstract called “Waterfront Window” was taken by club member Jack Mitchell, and is a view through one of the optical installations created for the town by French designer Thibault Zambeaux.

The “Archilense” is located near the Custom House.

Archilense is part of the “Art, Cities and Landscape” project set up by the Maison de la Culture of Amiens in partnership with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

Archilense is a series of three optical installations, equal in size, each one of them opens a window onto the Kings Lynn landscape, making use of the properties of Fresnel lenses in order to better transform the view on the approach of the passer-by.

These optical instruments, inlaid into panels, are often used in lighthouses and turn the surrounding landscape into a distorted prism.

The other two installations can be viewed in each of the market squares in the town.

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Michael Portillo to give talk in Lynn

Visiting Kings Lynn station in 2014

Michael Portillo will be in appearing at St. George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn on Tuesday 21 March to give a talk about his life in politics. He will be to give a talk called ‘Life – A Game of Two Halves’.

It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where he was a favoured leader of his party and possible future PM.

A track record like that suggests to many a privileged friend of the rich and famous with little or no understanding of or care for the ordinary citizen.

But since leaving the house almost a decade ago Michael has endeared himself to many with his obvious respect for solid workmanship and creative energy, as found in our great Victorian Railways, and the daily toil of the working man, as well as the underprivileged (Michael becomes a Single Mum) and the troubled (Death of a School Friend).

A historian at heart, listen to his extraordinary story and then feel free to question him about it.

This is a 90-minute talk with no interval. There will be a book signing before and after the talk.

Life – A Game of Two Halves
Tuesday 21 March 2017
7.30pm • St. George’s Guildhall • £19

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King’s Lynn Festival News – Fringe Events

The King’s Lynn Festival team are reaching out to event organisers across King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to submit details of any music, arts or cultural events they are planning for next July.

Each year dozens of fringe events are included in the Festival’s main brochure and featured on the Festival’s website to encourage more people to attend.

If you are planning an art exhibition, a music recital, a craft activity, a dance workshop, a guided walk, a historical talk or any similar activity, please contact the Festival Office on 01553 767557 or book in your event online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk/support-us/festival-fringe

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Scenes of King’s Lynn on display

kings-lynn-ezone-photosA Superb Photography Exhibition of Scenes of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk will go on display at Greyfriars Artspace this Tuesday.

The photos were produced by members of the Photography Group of Ezone and Forward, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities

This inspiring show will be open at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn from this coming Tuesday, 4 October until Thursday, 6 October from 10am-4pm.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

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Honey you’re so retro! Super 8 Film Night

super 8 retro fionallamas 29Greyfriars Art Space is presenting an evening of lo-fi Super 8mm movies. Artist Chris Mizsak (BellArt Labs, Cambridge Super 8 Group) will be spooling up a random selection of vintage newsreels, cinema ads, documentaries, abridged features, cartoons, and other oddities in glorious, grainy cine film.

Got any old home movies you’d like to screen? Dust off your old reels and bring them along.

As part of the forthcoming exhibition by the Bell Art Laboratories at Greyfriars Art Space (8-22 October), Chris is also looking for donations of any old, unwanted home movies (Super 8mm and Standard 8mm).

The film night takes place on Friday 16th September from 7-9pm at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn PE13 1LU

Free Admission (Adults Only) Contact: cmizsak@gmail.com

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Songs from the Sea and Lynn Ballads

trues yard frank-castletonSongs from the Sea & Lynn Ballads is coming to True’s Yard on the 2nd of September at 6-8pm.

Lynn ballads by the talented Mr Gareth Calway of Room at the Hanse and local band The Fried Pirates who’ll be performing history through folk song.

Tickets cost £10 and are available at the museum. Refreshments are included and will be served during the interval.

Please support the Museum in its last outdoor event in Silver Jubilee Calendar. Help them in the final push to reach their target!

Call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk to book.

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Free entertainment in town with a 1940’s twist

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Photo: Eric Richmond Harrison Agency

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Photo: Eric Richmond Harrison Agency

There’s an exciting start to kick off the King’s Lynn Festival season this year – On Saturday 16th July, visitors can enjoy free entertainment in various town centre locations with a 1940’s twist including:

Hoofbeat Street Band– 11.30am – 1.30pm playing jazz, folk and classical music outside RBS Bank (next to Argos)

Travelling by Tuba– 12.30pm-2.30pm Featured on Channel 4’s Okey Cokey Karaoke, their performances are fun for children of all ages, playing outside Newlook area.

Springwood High School Jazz and Concert Bands – 1pm-3.30pm Talented young musicians will showcase their skills with some familiar feet-tapping tunes and popular classics. Dance if you dare! Playing in Tuesday Market place Marquee.

Silent Disco– 10am-3.30pm This is the latest craze that is sweeping across London and the UK. Participants wear wireless LED headphones, which can connect to multiple music sources guaranteeing everyone leaves with a smile. Come and dance or relax in a deckchair and listen in Tuesday Market Place.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Tots event
World-class musicians from OAE Education with a flair for the extraordinary are on a mission to get your little ones hooked on classical music with these fun and interactive workshops for pre-schoolers. See their work here: oae.co.uk

11.30am-12pm – Tuesday Market Place Marquee

1pm-1.30pm – Kings Lynn Museum

2.15pm – 2.45pm – Upstairs Bar at the Corn Exchange (n.b. No Disabled Access)

Norfolk Knitters presents The Wool Workshops – 10am-11am For all ages to come along and have a play with wool including jewellery making and pompoms! In the Marquee in Tuesday Market Place.

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Vamps to headline Festival Too 2016

British indie rock band The Vamps are set to headline this year’s free Festival Too series of concerts on Saturday 2nd July.

Their debut single “Can We Dance”, debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart in 2013. They followed with chart hits “Wild Heart” and “Last Night” in 2014. More hits followed with “Somebody To You”, “Oh Cecilia” , “Wake Up” and “I Found A Girl” in 2016.

Also included in the Festival line-up are multi-platinum selling English singer Gabrielle , British alternative rock band The Wonder Stuff and seventies dance and soul band Odyssey best known for their 1977 hit “Native New Yorker.”

Festival Too kicks off on Sat 25th June at 8pm on King Staithe Square featuring party covers band Bear Club. There’s also the usual fairground rides, food stalls and fireworks display.

The following concerts will all take place on the Tuesday Market Place.

FULL PROGRAMME

Saturday, June 25 from 8pm (King Staithe Square) – Bear Club (ultimate party covers band), fireworks.

Friday, July 1
from 7.30pm – St Clement’s High, Soft Tone Needles, Phats and Small, Kym Mazelle, Oddysey.

Saturday, July 2 from 6.30pm (more acts to be confirmed) – Springwood High, Battle of the Bands runner-up, Phoenix Calling, The Vamps

Lazy Sunday, July 3, from noon with presenters Louis La Roche and Sophie Little – Battle of the Bands solo/duo finalists, Jamie Moon, Killamonjambo, Jake Morrell, Kingdom Keys, Rebelation

Friday, July 8 from 7.30pm – Thinking Men, Aladdinsane, The Wonder Stuff

Saturday, July 9, from 6.30pm (more acts to be confirmed) – Battle of the Bands winner, Heir, Gabrielle.

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Video: The Bishop of Lynn’s Rock Song for Bangladesh

The Bishop of Lynn has been “turning it green” at St Faith’s church in King’s Lynn. He has recorded his own unique version of the Rolling Stone’s Paint It Black in support of Christian Aid’s focus on Bangladesh for Christian Aid Week.

Bishop Jonathan said, ‘The situation for people living on the rivers in Bangladesh is shocking. I wrote the words to this song as a reflection on the plight of people facing terrible conditions which could lead to despair but with love and the work of Christian Aid there is hope. I hope people will respond generously.’

Many people are facing devastation to their homes and lives along the rivers in Bangladesh as the snow from the Himalaya’s melts.

The video footage shows what life is like for individuals before Christian Aid’s intervention and after.

Every year people in Kings Lynn raise money for Christian Aid in May. In Norfolk last year £130,000 was raised to make a difference to some of the poorest communities in the 40 countries where Christian Aid works. The money is raised through collections, fundraising breakfasts, fashion shows, concerts, soup lunches and curry nights to name but a few.

If you would like to find out more or contribute to Christian Aid Week you can visit their website www.caweek.org

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Rush for Festival tickets expected

Lesley Garrett

Lesley Garrett

King’s Lynn Festival organisers, delighted at the enthusiasm for this summer’s wide-ranging programme, expect a rush for tickets when the Festival box office opens on Monday. (April 25)

The packed two-week programme of 30 events being staged on July 17-30 features world-famous names from the worlds of classical music, jazz and folk plus exhibitions, films, walks and talks.

“Our goal is to build on the success of last year’s record-breaking 65th Festival and we are delighted that this year’s programme has already created a lot of interest,” said chairman Alison Croose.

“Priority booking for sponsors, patrons and Friends has been very encouraging with ticket sales up on the same period last year,” she said.

“We want to ensure the festival is accessible so we work hard to keep ticket prices at a reasonable level and we have been complimented on the modest prices for events featuring international names, said Mrs Croose.

To encourage young audiences a discounted tickets scheme for under 18s is supported by a fund set up in memory of Festival founder, Ruth Lady Fermoy.

Mrs Croose said the involvement of two major orchestras was a huge attraction – the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will launch the Festival with an exciting programme featuring magical music from the movies plus classical favourites, and the equally popular Czech National Symphony Orchestra with its celebrated conductor Libor Pesek, returns to give the final concert.

Festival artistic director Ambrose Miller said: “We have put together a top quality festival featuring major international classical musicians and stars of lighter music. There really is something for everyone.”

Emma Johnson Photo: John-Batten

Emma Johnson Photo: John-Batten

Clarinettist Emma Johnson will perform at the Ruth Fermoy Memorial Concert alongside the Piatti String Quartet – an event set to be a big draw.

Two musicians giving recitals in the Minster Church are already proving popular at the box office – Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt, renowned for her performances of Bach’s music, and Catrin Finch, the harpist who was honoured to become Royal Harpist to the Prince of Wales when the historic title was revived 16 years ago.

Festival favourite soprano Lesley Garrett, is set to attract audiences from far and wide. Festival organisers have heard from a fan who will be travelling from Manchester especially to hear a programme including much-loved arias, songs by George Gershwin and classics from 20th century musicals. Another Lesley Garrett fan will have a much shorter journey – Gordon Eagle of Gaywood, King’s Lynn, has been a member of the Lesley Garrett Fan Club for many years and is delighted she is to make her third appearance at Lynn Festival.

Adding to the variety will be jazz stars Ray Gelato and Claire Martin plus Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, and leading names from the folk world will be The Unthanks and Lau.

Speakers include Andrew Graham-Dixon, who will give two talks, one on his current Scandinavian Art project and the other on The Secrets of the Mona Lisa. Historian Suzannah Lipscomb will speak on The Wives of Henry VIII.

St Nicholas’ Chapel with its superb acoustic will be the setting for an uplifting concert, The Glories of English Choral Music, by King’s Lynn Festival Chorus. It will be one of several events featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams 60 years after he conducted a festival concert in the chapel. A second event in the chapel is based on T S Eliot’s Four Quartets which will be spoken by actress Juliet Stevenson with cellist Guy Johnston playing selections from Bach cello suites, and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, a poet and T S Eliot expert, discussing the texts.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s concert will include works by Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann followed by a late-night harpsichord recital by David Wright.

The Festival visits West Acre Theatre for a Sunday afternoon concert and tea. The Alauda Quartet will provide the music and the next day will launch the series of five coffee concerts in Lynn Town Hall.

One of several events marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be the showing of Macbeth by King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club.

Featured musicians also include pianist Cordula Heiland, and music by visiting composer Toby Young will be performed by the Contemporary Consort. The Royal Geographical Society/IBG talk by Tristan Gooley will be entitled How to read water.

Tickets are available from the box office at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 01553-764864 or online at www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk. For further information, or to request a brochure call the Festival office on 01553-767557.

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Opportunity for young singers in West Norfolk

Members of West Norfolk Youth Choir.

Members of West Norfolk Youth Choir.

Tenors Unlimited will be performing at the Corn Exchange.

Tenors Unlimited will be performing at the Corn Exchange.

Young singers are being invited to join West Norfolk Youth Choir in supporting a performance by classical crossover group Tenors Unlimited in King’s Lynn. The choir will be providing backing vocals for some of the Tenors’ songs, as well as performing something from its own repertoire.

The Youth Choir is part of West Norfolk Music Centre, and it rehearses on Saturday mornings at Springwood High School. The Music Centre has, since its formation in 1979, sought to provide chances for local people to take part in group music-making. Singing has always been part of this, and the Centre is now looking for new members to expand its Youth Choir.

Derek Stringer, Chairman of West Norfolk Music Centre, said, “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians.The concert will provide a real boost for the children who sing in our Choir, and we would welcome new members to take part in this and future events.”

The performance is on Saturday 14 May.

West Norfolk Music Centre is a registered charity which provides music education for students of all ages, both children and adults, through individual lessons and music groups. The choir is open to all children aged 7–14 in the West Norfolk area, and is led by Zoe Lawrence.

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Life With Birds Exhibition is ‘brilliant’

greyfriars tony bellowsgreyfriars birds 3Local artist Tony Bellars exhibition ‘A Life With Birds’ has been proving very popular and well received by visitors.

The exhibition, at Greyfriars Art Space in King’s Lynn, shows a wonderful display of inspiring, colourful and quirky, sculptures and paintings, together with sketchbooks and drawings showing the development of Tony’s work from the 1980’s.

If you haven’t managed to view Tony’s solo exhibition yet, there is still time, as it is open until the end of the week. This great show, which has been very popular and well received, is a retrospective of 30 years of art, inspired by birds.

Here are a few comments from visitors to the show –

greyfriars birds 2‘Tony’s exhibition is brilliant, if you haven’t seen it yet please do. I promise it will make you smile and feel good!!! Excellent art and very affordable! (MH)

‘……Tony Bellars’ lovely colourful exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space…. such a full, vibrant show, all about birds …….colour and talent ….unpretentious……and reasonable prices’ (PP)

‘……Brilliant show……really worth a visit!!’ (KC)

‘A Life With Birds’ is open daily from 10-4 until this coming Saturday, 20 February at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn.

Exhibition Inspired By Birds

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Exhibition inspired by birds

greyfriars life with birdsA new retrospective exhibition at Greyfriars Art Space will feature works of art inspired by birds.

A life with birds is the first solo exhibition by local artist Tony Bellars, who was a founder member of Greyfriars Art Space.

The exhibition, which runs from Saturday 6th – 20th February, features sketch books, prints, paintings and sculptures of birds from Norfolk, alongside those from Australia and Hong Kong. Often simple, quirky and full of colourful fun, his work is sure to bring a smile to the face of visitors.

Tony will be present at the opening of his show on Saturday 6 February from 12 noon – 4pm. He will also be at Greyfriars Art Space from 10-4pm, Monday to Saturday until 20 Feb. Admission is free, but please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.

Greyfriars Art Space can be found at 43 St James Street, Kings Lynn, just off London Road and opposite local landmark Greyfriars Tower.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

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Media students ‘show off’ their work

 Level 1 graphic design student James Yarrow (who designed this year’s promotional poster) pictured with the exhibition contributors from CWA.

Level 1 graphic design student James Yarrow (who designed this year’s promotional poster) pictured with other exhibition contributors from the College of West Anglia.

Art, Design and Media students to have been showcasing their work in a professional gallery environment in King’s Lynn.

The ‘Show Offs 2016’ pop up exhibition includes students portfolio and assignment work including painting, drawing and print, mixed-media, ceramics and 3D, photography, graphics and film-making.

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The exhibition runs at Greyfriars Art Space, 43 St. James Street (opposite Greyfriars tower) until Saturday 30th January, and is open to the public from 10am till 3pm. Entry is free.

Another pop-up exhibition will take place at the Vancouver Quarter. Slightly different work in a different venue, at 24 New Conduit Street and runs from Thursday 4th February until Saturday 6th February. It’s open to the public from 10 till 3pm, and again entry will be free.

greyfriarsartspace.co.uk

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Win tickets to see Joe Brown in King’s Lynn

Photo:  Judy Totton

Photo: Judy Totton

COMPETITION CLOSES AT 6PM TONIGHT

Singer Joe Brown is set to appear at the Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on Sunday 21st February 2016, and two lucky people will be able to visit FREE courtesy of King’s Lynn Online. Just keep reading till the end of this article to find out how to enter our competition.

Joe Brown MBE has hit the road again this Autumn on a major tour of the UK that takes him up to Christmas and then on into 2016 for another two months.

It’s a long tour, and a tough one, but it could so easily never have happened. And not just this set of dates.

Way back in 1960 Joe was on the road as lead guitarist with Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent. Joe already had solo hits with People Gotta Talk and Darktown Strutters Ball so Larry Parnes, his then manager, pulled him off the tour to do his own headline shows.

A stroke of luck? Fate? Who knows. One thing’s for sure, it certainly could have saved his life. If Joe’d stuck with the original plan he’d have been in the car crash that tragically cost Eddie his – and the last five and a half decades of JB music would never have happened.

Since that very first hit Joe has toured, performed and entertained like the master he is – a man with a musical skill set to be envied and totally at home with the quickfire gag and the effortless repartee that’s now part and parcel of the cheeky chappie.

Although born in Lincolnshire, Joe was evacuated to London and grew up in the East End in the pub that his mum ran. He started playing professionally at 18 and soon outgrew the music hall songs of his parents, embracing skiffle in his late teens and then rock ‘n’ roll. The revelation that was Little Richard changed his life.

Photo:  Judy Totton

Photo: Judy Totton

Much has been written of Joe’s role as a UK guitar pioneer and rightly so. But, as the man modestly says, “There was nobody around in those days to tell you you were doing it wrong”. So he developed his own style which included playing guitar behind his head (a move that is said to have influenced Jimi Hendrix).

His guitar playing has been lauded by many of his fellow artists including luminaries such as George Harrison, Mark Knopfler and Keith Richards, to name but a few. His receipt of a coveted Mojo Award a few years back proved one of the most popular awards of the night.

Joe’s last album “The Ukulele Album” demonstrated his love of that instrument, one he’s championed for many years, but his accomplishments are spread wide. He also plays mandolin, mandola, fiddle, trumpet, banjo and, of course, electric and acoustic guitar.

Accompanied by his four strong band which includes his MD son Pete, the forthcoming tour will see Joe playing old favourites, rockers and new songs with a twist. Like a ringmaster overseeing his domain Joe commands the stage and, like the true professional he is, always delivers.

So what’s in store? A great musical evening, a hugely enjoyable one and probably a complete revelation. An inspiring tour de force – that’s Joe Brown for you.

Competition

Can you name the county where Joe Brown was born?

Just email your answer to us, for the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to Joe’s Concert in Lynn on Sunday 21st February 2016. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details. Prize winner will be announced on New Years Eve.

2016 Tour Dates

January 2016

Wednesday 13th Milton Keynes Milton Keynes Theatre

Thursday 14th Crawley The Hawth

Friday 15th Eastbourne Congress Theatre

Saturday 16th Reading Hexagon

Sunday 17th Weston Super Mare The Playhouse Theatre

Saturday 23rd Buxton Opera House

Sunday 24th Southport Southport Theatre

Monday 25th Darlington Civic Theatre

Tuesday 26th Halifax The Victoria Theatre

Wednesday 27th Gateshead The Sage

Friday 29th York Grand Opera House

Saturday 30th Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Sunday 31st Llandudno Venue Cymru

February 2016

Thursday 4th Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls

Friday 5th Bournemouth The Pavilion Theatre

Saturday 6th Torquay The Princess Theatre

Sunday 7th Bristol Hippodrome

Monday 8th Worthing The Pavilion Theatre

Sunday 14th Skegness The Embassy Theatre

Monday 15th Ipswich Regent Theatre

Tuesday 16th Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall

Wednesday 17th London Cadogan Hall

Friday 19th St Albans The Alban Arena

Sunday 21st Kings Lynn The Corn Exchange

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The stunning photography of Matthew Usher

Matthew Usher at his photo exhibition.  Photo: John Beck

Matthew Usher at his Landscapes of Norfolk exhibition. Photo: John Beck

Local press photographer Matthew Usher is holding an exhibition of his landscape photography, showing a completely different side to his image making skills.

When I met Matthew at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre, I had already had a chance to look around his fabulous collection of photos, and the only word I could think of was ‘Wow’.

Matthew, who has been shooting outstanding photos for the EDP for the last 15 years, decided it was time to explore his more creative side.

“I’ve been planning an exhibition like this for the last 5 years, and finally it’s here. There’s been a few hurdles along the way, but it’s all been worth it.

“In the first few days I’ve already had over 170 visitors and sold seven of my pictures.”

Matthew is obviously passionate about his photography and admits to being a bit of a perfectionist: “One thing I’ve learnt from photography is never to stop on an idea or image if you think you can get it better.”

When it came to having his own photo taken, Matthew seemed rather nervous: “I don’t do smiles, and I don’t like doing interviews,” he told me.

Matthews exhibition continues in the Red Barn at the King’s Lynn Art Centre until Saturday 21 November 2015. Entry is free.

Words by: John Beck

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King's Lynn Custom House in Winter

Matthew Usher: King’s Lynn Custom House in Winter

Mathew Usher:  Snettisham Jetty

Mathew Usher: Snettisham Jetty

Mattthew Usher: Fireworks over King's Lynn

Matthew Usher: Fireworks over King’s Lynn

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