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 and coffee is available from 7.00pm.
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.
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
rev. mjb 31/01/19
7.30pm Wednesday 20th November 2019
Town Hall, King’s Lynn PE30 5DQ
" Elgar by those who knew him "
An illustrated talk by Chris Wiltshire
Chris Wiltshire has been a member of the Elgar Society since 1974, having developed an early fascination with Elgar and his music. He is now secretary of the East Anglian branch of the Elgar Society.
Chris says he is not a musician, being the only member of his family who is not capable of playing an instrument or singing. He is however a confirmed music lover and avid listener.
Over the past 45 years Chris has collected recordings of individuals who had known Elgar personally. These have been edited for presentation of reminiscences with images and music. It is a remarkable, sometimes spine tingling, experience to hear the voices of these people, some famous, others not, but all contributing something important to understanding this most intriguing composer.
Elgar is a composer who has suffered somewhat from either over exposure and sometimes misuse of certain of his music, or under exposure, particularly some of his most important and characteristic works. He is often deeply misunderstood, both musically and as a person.
For a period during his lifetime and after his death he became relatively neglected and deemed something of an embarrassment. There were some who “kept faith” and his rehabilitation started in the 1960s and 70s in no small part through Ken Russell’s TV documentary and the advocacy of Jacqueline du Pre and her then husband Daniel Barenboim.
Since then his reputation has grown both at home and abroad, but misunderstandings persist. This talk is aimed at exploring the personality of the man and its influence on his music and perhaps correcting some of the misconceptions. A tall order to do in one evening, but we will see what can be done!
September 2019 to May 2020
18/09/19 Charlotte Rowan violinist with pianist Charlotte Stevenson.
Charlotte Rowan has gained recognition for her virtuosity and masterful command of her instrument and returns by popular request with her regular accompanist.
16/10/19 Riyad Nicolas Pianist. Syrian born International pianist and multi prize winner.
20/11/19 “Elgar by those who knew him.” Christopher Wiltshire from the Elgar Society East Anglian Branch gives an illustrated talk including a compilation of recordings by Elgar’s contemporaries.
15/01/20 Estevao Devides Classical Guitarist. Born and studied in Brazil he was selected by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture in 2013 to be part of a cultural exchange which included concerts at some King’s Lynn schools.
19/02/20 Emma Abate and Julian Perkins Four hands at the Piano
Emma and Julian have given keyboard duet recitals at many prestigious UK venues including the Royal Opera House and St John’s Smith Square.
18/03/20 “Over My Shoulder” performance by Clare McAldin mezzo-soprano and pianist Paul Turner telling the stories of two very different singers – Elisabeth Schumann, international classical soprano, and Jessie Matthews, darling of the 1930s stage and screen.
22/04/20 Students from St John’s College Cambridge.
20/05/20 Jamal Aliyev cellist with pianist Maksim Stsura Born in Azerbaijan, Jamal studied at Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music making his BBC Proms debut in 2017. This event is supported by Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
King’s Lynn Music Society Email contact
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) web site
Arts Society King’s Lynn web site
King’s Lynn Society of Arts and Sciences web site
West Norfolk Music Centre web site
Wisbech Music Society web site