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.
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
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.
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.
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. kingslynnfestival.org.uk)
King`s Lynn Festival Chorus - gives three/four concerts a year locally and also performs elsewhere in East Anglia and abroad. (www.klfc.org.uk)
Norfolk Symphony Orchestra - plays regularly at the Corn Exchange, King`s Lynn. (www.nso-uk.co.uk)
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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