A Classical Concert in Honour of Lord Walpole

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A classical music concert in the grounds of Mannington Hall this summer will be in honour of its arts-loving owner Lord Walpole.

The event at the historic stately home on July 17 features the English Chamber Orchestra and is being staged by Sheringham Little Theatre where he was president for nearly 50 years, before his death aged 82 in May.

Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “We were shocked and saddened by Lord Walpole’s passing. He has been such a stalwart supporter of the theatre and its work in the community for so many years.

This concert was already planned, and the family were keen for it to go ahead – so it will a marvellous chance to honour Lord Walpole’s passion for culture and his tireless work to support the arts in Norfolk.”

The Mannington event will be held in the beautiful setting of the walled garden, in partnership with Orchestras Live and support from North Norfolk District Council and Arts Council.

Earlier in July, musicians from the orchestra will visit a primary school and a care home in Sheringham to perform and make music with children and older people. A short film of this activity, made possible with support from the Barratt Foundation, will be shared with the audience at Mannington.

Two hundred people are expected at the concert, with the gardens open from 6pm to enable people to bring and enjoy picnics before the performance begins at 7pm.

The concert programme, directed by violinist Stephanie Gonley, features symphonies by Mozart and Chevalier de Saint-Georges together with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 4 and Coleridge-Taylor’s Four Novelletten for String Orchestra.

Later in the year, a film of English Chamber Orchestra performing The Messiah will be presented at Sheringham Little Theatre, giving another opportunity for people in North Norfolk to see this leading British orchestra at their local venue.

Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer at Orchestras Live, said: “Following the huge success of last year’s memorable concert, we are delighted to be returning to Mannington Hall with another world class orchestral performance and some associated activity at local community settings.

Sharing the inspiration of orchestral music as widely as possible has been a hallmark of our partnership with North Norfolk for many years. We are proud to dedicate this event to Lord Walpole, who was such a huge advocate for the power of music and the arts in enriching society.”

Tickets £16, under 16s free and tickets are available from www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com.

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