King's Lynn Music Society

King's Lynn Music Society

Registered charity 1087580

The King’s Lynn Music Society is promoted by the King’s Lynn Musical Society, its original name when established in 1891. It was reconstituted in 1996. We arrange an annual series of eight monthly recitals and illustrated talks from September to May (excepting December).

We meet usually on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday of the month, in the Assembly Room of the Town Hall in Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 5DQ, opposite King’s Lynn Minster. There are steep steps from the street to the venue but a lift is available. All meetings (except the AGM) start at 7. 30pm, coffee is available from 7.00pm in the Stone Hall.

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Lynn Town Hall

Annual membership is £50. Visitors are welcome to attend a single meeting and will be invited to make a donation (£10 is suggested) at the door. Those under 18 and in full time education and members of other societies affiliated to the Federation of Recorded Music Societies are welcome to attend without charge. Music teachers are also encouraged to bring their pupils without charge.

Further details may be obtained from the Secretary, by Email:

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The Assembly Room at King's Lynn Town Hall

A short Extraordinary General Meeting for Members will be held in the Town Hall
at 7pm, 21st September 2022
(prior to the talk 'Ralph Vaughan Williams A Life through Music')

Next Event

7.30pm Wednesday 21st September 2022

Town Hall, King’s Lynn PE30 5DQ

Ralph Vaughan Williams A Life through Music

Illustrated talk by John Treadway Trustee of RVW Society

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Photo by kind permission Ralph Vaughan Williams Society

Celebrating 150 years since the birth of Vaughan Williams

Our speaker John Treadway writes as follows:

I have chosen the title 'RVW A Life Through Music' as I will take various important dates in his long life and link it to extracts from significant works.

I spent my working life in primary education including running a primary school orchestra, having the benefit of a borough that had a musical instrumental hire scheme and peripatetic instrumental teachers visiting the school. With good teaching it was amazing what children aged eleven and under could achieve. For over 25 years of my career, I was a headteacher and my last post was head of a large primary school in the London Borough of Redbridge.

I first encountered RVW as a teenager initially with the Fifth Symphony and the Tallis Fantasia. His music speaks to me in a unique way in comparison to other classical composers, except for Bach, who was RVW's idol.

I joined the fledgling RVW Society soon after it was founded in 1995 and have been a trustee for fifteen years and also its concert resources officer with special reference to the eastern region. In retirement I ran a concert series for ten years each May in St Mary's, Woodbridge in Suffolk, showcasing emerging professional musicians and featuring the music of RVW.

The Coming Season 2022/23

21/09/22     Ralph Vaughan Williams A Life through Music. Celebrating 150 years since the birth of Vaughan Williams an illustrated talk by John Treadway, Trustee of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society.

19/10/22     Mathilde Milwidsky violinist with pianist Andrew Zolinsky. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Mathilde has performed extensively in London and across Europe. This event is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

16/11/22     Patrick Hemmerlé critically acclaimed Cambridge based pianist will explore music with a theme of water in nature.

18/01/23     Kamila Bydlowska violinist and Siobhain O‘Higgins pianist in association with Classical Music Rocks. Both these musicians perform widely as soloist or chamber musicians as well as for Classical Music Rocks, which brings classical music to Norfolk Schools.

15/02/23     Michael Christian Durrant Classical Guitarist. After obtaining a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Music Michael is now a doctoral student and member of academic staff there. A return visit to the Society by popular request.

15/03/23     Singing in Secret: William Byrd, Queen Elizabeth and Worship under Wraps. Broadcaster and bassist Sandy Burnett celebrates the awe-inspiring work of English Composer William Byrd, a devout Catholic living in troubled Tudor times.

26/04/23     Cambridge University Students We are grateful to the Society‘s Vice President, composer and pianist Tim Watts, for his assistance with this event and further details will be announced at a later date.

17/05/23     Sean Moyses The Banjo Man will present an entertaining programme to conclude this season showcasing the history of banjo music. He will be joined by Clive Payne on sousaphone.

Future Event

19th October, 2022

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Mathilde Milwidsky, violin

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Andrew Zolinsky, piano

This event is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

All meetings at King‘s Lynn Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, PE30 5DQ
at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)
Annual Membership fee of £50 includes all events in the season
Visitors welcome — donation of £10 per event suggested
Free to full time students, under 18s and those with FRMS affiliation


King's Lynn Music Society  Email:

Links to other local music events include:

King`s Lynn Festival - offers talks, ballet, opera, orchestral concerts, jazz, folk, classical recitals and children's entertainment. The main festival takes place each year in July. In addition there are occasional concerts during the rest of the year. (www.

King`s Lynn Festival Chorus - gives three/four concerts a year locally and also performs elsewhere in East Anglia and abroad. (

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra - plays regularly at the Corn Exchange, King`s Lynn. (

Other useful links:

FRMS (Federation of Recorded Music Societies)

Arts Society King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences

West Norfolk Music Centre

Wisbech Music Society

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Updated 31July2022