Open-air performance will mark launch of Wymondham Music Festival this weekend

Wymondham Music Festival brochures are launched.
L-r Beth Brais, Barbara Randall and Richard Elliott. Wymondham Music Festival brochures are launched. L-r Beth Brais, Barbara Randall and Richard Elliott.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
6:00 AM

The popular Wymondham Music Festival makes its 19th comeback to the town this summer – with an open-air performance from Norfolk Schools’ Brass Band on Saturday kicking-off the celebrations.

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Norfolk Schools Brass Brand will launch the Wymondham Musical Festival on Saturday.Norfolk Schools Brass Brand will launch the Wymondham Musical Festival on Saturday.

The event – which will host its main Festival Fortnight from June 21 to July 6 but will run events from May – will launch at Wymondham Market Place at 10am on Saturday.

With more than 70 events, festivalgoers will be able to take their pick from a variety of local, regional and national musicians, who will play everything from Schumann, Debussy, and Beethoven to Engilsh folk, swing, jazz and African music.

Festival chairman Richard Elliott said: “Soon we shall be converting months of planning into music - it’s a really exciting time for everyone.”

When it began almost 20 years ago the festival only ran for a week and was meant to be an outlet for local musicians.

Wymondham Music Festival brochures are launched.
L-r Beth Brais, Barbara Randall and Richard Elliott.Wymondham Music Festival brochures are launched. L-r Beth Brais, Barbara Randall and Richard Elliott.

Now, sales have soared and 2,000 guests flock to the ticketed events.

Two years ago, in a bid to secure the festival’s future, the committee added new staff to the committee - including Mr Elliott.

“Most of the people there had been working on it since it began. We tried to maintain the continuity to keep the experienced people involved but also to make plans to keep it running in the future,” Mr Elliott said.

Early events include the annual town busking day on Saturday, May 24 and Raevennan Husbandes performing in the Market Place from 10am on Saturday, May 31.

Tickets for Festival Fortnight concerts go on sale on May 10 at Puff’s Toyshop Wymondham Market Place or online at www.wymfestival.org.uk. For information call 01953 333500.

Do you have a Wymondham-related story? Contact lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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