Musical Christmas

West Norfolk Music Centre’s combined wind band, orchestra and choir entertained shoppers at Tesco Hardwick this afternoon with a selection of seasonal favourites.

Many thanks to all who took part or supported this event. And if you’d like to take part next year, join us now.

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Get ready for next term!

Well done to all who played in our December concert on Saturday. Finland (and seasonal trips to Lapland) may be short of snow this year, but we had both Sibelius’s Finlandia and an abundance of seasonal cheer this weekend.

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Amongst settings of Christmas favourites, we also heard Elizabethan music set for wind band, young singers, a bassoon solo and Mozart from our string players.

Before the music, Certificates were awarded to our exam candidates for their outstanding performance last term: 14 exams entered, 4 passed with distinction and 9 with merit. Don’t forget that we offer exam candidates the chance to play at our open concerts in February and May at the exam centre — and that members and non-members are welcome to take part in these concerts too.

Although our term is now finished, come along to see us play and sing (or to join in) at Tesco Hardwick, King’s Lynn, on Saturday afternoon, 8 December!

11 November: NSO Remembrance Day concert

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra’s afternoon concert on 11 November, with King’s Lynn Festival Chorus, is based around the themes of remembrance and hope:

“During the past four years, as Centenaries have passed, we have had to endure the horrific memories of the Great War. In November this year, we mark the Armistice – but do we celebrate an ending or mourn the terrible consequences? In the first part of our final Remembrance programme, which includes the music of two brilliant young composers killed in the trenches, we experience a journey through the emotions of the time. Beginning in the beauty of the English countryside, we move to the feeling of national pride, through excitement, terror, violence, bleak despair and, finally, desperate heartbreak. In the second part of the concert, moving towards Hope, we are joined by soloists from English National Opera and the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus in perhaps the most inspiring music ever written. Beethoven’s 9th Symphony shows us how we can, with fortitude, courage and brotherhood, win our way from darkness and despair to triumph and hope. In Beethoven’s world, if we all just pull together, the human spirit can conquer all.”

Book tickets in advance at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange box office, and don’t forget that a number of free tickets are allocated for young concertgoers (when accompanied by a paying adult).

Opportunity for cellists: this Friday, 27 July

Taking place this Friday, King’s Lynn Festival has announced an extra event with artist in residence, cellist Marcin Zdunik. Aimed at anyone who is learning to play cello or is interested in doing so, this event is an informal and flexible 50-minute session, in workshop format, with a Q&A session.

The event is at St George’s Guildhall, King’s Lynn, at 3pm on Friday. Full details are available here.


24 June: Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

Open to all, the NSO summer ‘friends’ concert is a light-hearted affair that gives the audience the opportunity to meet the players and Musical Director. Music Centre members will enjoy this afternoon concert on Sunday, with free tickets available for under-18s. 3.30pm at St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn. Why not support our wind band at the bandstand in the Walks for a while first, and enjoy a whole afternoon of music in the town?


19 May – Norfolk Symphony Orchestra: A Heroic Golden Age

Enjoy music by Schubert and Strauss on Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm at St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn, played by Norfolk Symphony Orchestra.

“As a man and as a musician, Schubert personifies many of the main characteristics of 19th Century Romanticism. The world is a bad place and getting worse, nothing can be done – we must all just sit together and wait for the end. Art, therefore, is an escape from this awfulness. His Fifth Symphony, is, perhaps his lightest and most charmingly cheerful work, he expresses his love for Mozart and yearns for what he sees as the “brighter, better life” when he was still alive.

“The massive and monumental work Ein Heldenleben, (A Hero’s Life), is clearly based on the life of Richard Strauss himself, although he was slow to admit this. The orchestra is vast. The Hero, played by eight horns, faces his enemies, the critics who he felt were unfair in his early career. His beloved wife, the singer Pauline de Ahna, takes centre stage, represented by beautiful and extremely virtuosic violin solos. With her by his side he faces his foes and, after a great battle, vanquishes them, retiring afterwards into tranquillity and fulfilment.”

Free tickets for under-18s accompanied by a paying adult.

Concert: 3 May at Snettisham

On 3 May, Joo Yeun Sir (violin) and Irina Andrievsky (piano) will be playing at St Mary’s Church, Snettisham at 7.30pm. Music includes Vaughan Williams’ ‘Lark Ascending’ and a new work to celebrate love letters written in World War II. Free entry for students under 21.