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King’s Lynn Festival takes place from July 14-27 with a host of great names lined up ready to entertain.

This is the 63rd festival and, as its great number of supporters have come to expect, there’s a wonderfully wide-ranging and invigorating programme in store, each act maintaining the tradition of excellence.

However, festival organisers like to introduce new and interesting features each year, and this one is no exception.

For instance, on Tuesday, July 16 BBC Young Musician 2012 cellist Laura van der Heijden is performing with the European Union Chamber Orchestra at St Nicholas’ Chapel (7.30pm).

The week continues with a film on Wednesday, The Wildest Dream (PG), showing at the Guildhall (2.30pm), and mountaineer Stephen Venables talking about The Everest Story at the same venue (7.30pm) to mark the 60th anniversary of the first successful ascent of Everest.

There is more music on Thursday at the Guildhall (7.30pm) when pianist Peter Donohoe performs, and on Friday at the Corn Exchange (7.30pm) ground-breaking jazz artist and multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine is performing with his band.

Saturday is Early Music Day, with London Handel Players making an early start at King’s Lynn Minster at 7pm, and Rachel Brown and Laurence Cummings, two of the UK’s finest instrumentalists, entertaining from 9.30pm.

The Complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas are being performed at the Guildhall on Sunday (4pm and 7pm) by Melvyn Tan and Guy Johnston.

The following week has another great line-up, with the BBC Big Band delighting audiences at the Corn Exchange on Tuesday, July 23, with The Music of the Great Swing Bands. Visit