Peter 'Jeep' Rickman and Reg 'Dixie' Dixon

A pair of music lovers are gearing up to stage a fundraising night at a Diss pub.

The EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.
 Picture: Simon Finlay

There is nothing more likely to lift the Christmas spirits than a carol concert or the jingle of festive songs. And there are plenty of places in the region to enjoy seasonal sounds in the run up to Christmas.

Olly Murs will be performing at Thetford Forest in 2017 as part of the Forest Live concert series. Courtesy of Forest Live

Tickets to see Olly Murs at Thetford Forest have sold out in less than an hour after they went on general sale earlier this morning.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for this year's proms weekend at Blickling. Picture: CHRIS TAYLOR

It is one of the biggest open-air events in Norfolk, and this year it returned by public demand.

Dario Salvi will be conducting the Imperial Vienna Orchestra in a performance of A Trip to Africa. Picture: Submitted

The comic opera was last performed in 1922, but is getting a unique performance thanks to a labour of love by local orchestral conductor and music enthusiast Dario Salvi.

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra are doing Soundtrack Spectacular at Taverham Hall School. Pictured is conductor Steven Bell.

It will be a case of shaken not stirred as James Bond is the theme of a concert set to take to the stage in the grounds of Taverham Hall, near Norwich, next year.

Ed Sheeran performs at East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) gala dinner, at the Natural History Museum, London. (Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire)

It says a huge amount abut the international singing sensation that he chose a gala dinner for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices for his sole performance of 2016.

Norfolk Fellowship Brass performing. 

Picture: James Bass

With less than a month to go until the big day, there are still plenty of events in Great Yarmouth to get you in the festive mood – and raise some money for good causes.

Super Furry Animals

There’s an old adage which says that you should never meet you heroes. Poppycok, I say. At Glastonbury Festival three years ago I had the pleasure to briefly meet Gruff Rhys, the frontman of the utterly fantastic Welsh band the Super Furry Animals.

Olly Murs will be performing at Thetford Forest in 2017 as part of the Forest Live concert series. Courtesy of Forest Live

British music star Olly Murs is the latest act to be announced for the Forest Live concert series in 2017.

Jennifer Pike who will be joining Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the fiendish Bruch Violin Concerto. Picture: Tom Barnes

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra return to Lowestoft with violinist Jennifer Pike, Glyndebourne is in Norwich and there is a concert of quintessentially English music in Sheringham. SIMON PARKIN picks six classical concerts this week.

Ne-Yo who is appearing at Norfolk Showground Arena, the venue's biggest gig to date.

Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Ne-Yo and Dr John Cooper Clarke taking his singing debut in conjunction with Hugh Cornwell are amongst this week’s diverse gigs. SIMON PARKIN highlights 12 not to miss.

The 2015 EDP Festival of Carols at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

With the city now lit up for Christmas, seasonal festivities are well and truly under way, and it will soon be time for one of our big festive traditions – the Eastern Daily Press Festival of Carols.

Olivia Watson, 16, who is on the verge of signing a record deal. 


It is somewhere with a special place in her heart - and on Saturday singer songwriter Olivia Watson will be back performing at Little Barningham Church.

Mercury Prize-nominees Savages bring new album Adore Life to the UEA. Picture: Matador Records

As they come to Norwich, Ayse Hassan tells ALEX BELLOTTI why the notoriously sullen four-piece Savages have opened up to embrace love on their second record, Adore Life.

The Kooks frontman, Luke Pritchard, performs on the main stage during the 37th edition of the Paleo Festival in Nyon, Switzerland,  Photo: AP/Keystone, Martial Trezzini

British rock band, The Kooks will be heading to the University of East Anglia in May as part of a new UK tour which will see them perform their greatest hits.

Take That are coming to Norwich in June 2016. Photo: supplied by DawBell.

Tens of thousands of people are set to watch pop superstars Take That perform in Norwich next year - and music fans still have the chance to snap up tickets for one of the nights the band are playing in the city.

The Dead Daisies who are coming Norwich, with John Corabi pictured far left.

Hard-rock super group The Dead Daisies are heading to Norwich as part of a co-headline tour with Northen Isih rockers The Answer. Former Mötley Crüe singer John Corabi tells us more.

Former Bellowhead singer Jon Boden appears at The Apex. Picture: David Angel

Goth veterans The Sisters of Mercy and 90s indie favourites Cast return, Aussie rockers Airbourne raise hell and there is folk, blues and Americana. SIMON PARKIN previews gigs this week.

Theatre company Crude Apache are set to perform Richard III at The Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich. Photo: Crude Apache.

From theatre to music to a Christmas market and more, there is lots for people to enjoy in what is perhaps one of Norwich’s newest and most unusual venues.

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