Thursday 2 May 2024

Father Willis, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Goldberg Variations: King's Lynn Festival's Early Music Day

European Union Chamber Orchestra
European Union Chamber Orchestra

King's Lynn Festival's annual celebration of all things Early Music, its Early Music Day will be returning to St Nicholas' Chapel on Saturday 20 July featuring a lunchtime organ recital with Harvey Stansfield, a concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and a late-night recital with harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto.

The day begins with a recital by the organ scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, Harvey Stansfield. He will play the Henry Willis organ at St Nicholas' Chapel, the last instrument on which Father Willis worked on before his death in 1901.

The European Union Chamber Orchestra, directed by violinist Hans-Peter Hofmann, perform Bach's celebrated 4th Brandenburg Concerto alongside music by Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli and Telemann. They are joined by recorder player, Tabea Debus, and she also stars in an early evening recital, Ear Worm, on Friday 19 July at All Saints’ Church, King's Lynn, together with Robin Bigwood. They perform their personal selection of Renaissance and Baroque works, their favourites being melodies you just cannot get out of your head. Then for the late-night concert, Masumi Yamamoto performs Bach's Goldberg Variations.

The full King's Lynn Festival runs from 14 to 27 July 2024. Full details from the festival website.

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