Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Opens its 2018/19 Season With Remembrance and Hope Concert


Norfolk Symphony Orchestra opens its 2018/19 season with a concert of Remembrance and Hope on the centenary of the Armistice at St Nicholas’ Chapel, King’s Lynn. Musical Director Phillip Hesketh will be conducting pieces which have been carefully considered to balance the day both with respect and hope for the future.

The programme will take the audience through the beauty of the English countryside from Butterworth’s The Banks of Green Willow to Coles Behind the Lines: 2 Cortege and from Bliss 5 pieces from Things to Come Suite to Elgar’s Sospiri for strings. All this is made more poignant because Coles and Butterworth both sadly died in the trenches.

For the second half of the concert the orchestra has invited the King’s Lynn Festival Chorus to join them for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, a work in which Beethoven uses Friedrich Schiller’s An die Freude, or Ode to Joy: possibly one of the most famous simple music melodies of the classical world. This 4 movement symphony is sure to be an amazing experience, with KLFC Director Tom Appleton and three English National Opera stars ,Claire Pendleton, Rebecca Stockland and Adam Sullivan joining the ensemble as soloists. All four musicians perform extensively and professionally across the UK, Europe and worldwide, and it will be a treat to hear their voices, along with the chorus, combine and soar into the roof of the chapel.

The NSO is grateful that this concert is supported by the Norfolk Community Foundation with Grants from their ‘Norfolk World War One’ and ‘Commemorating World War One’ funds.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra is committed to producing music of the highest quality and performing varied and exciting programmes and will once again be giving away 100 free tickets to under 18’s throughout this season. It is hugely encouraging for the orchestra to find that there are so many enthusiastic supporters of classical music amongst the young people of the county and we hope families will come along and enjoy this concert and experience the thrill of orchestra, soloists and choir combined in such a wonderful setting. For more information of what other concerts are on this season please visit the website

Tickets are £16 and are available from the box office on: 01553 764864 or on line at

The concert will start at 3.30pm and doors will open at 2.45pm.