Are you a budding musician? Artists wanted for Carleton Rode music festival

All Saints Church Carleton Rode.

All Saints Church Carleton Rode. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Musicians looking for a moment on the stage are being invited to appear at a festival which will help a village pay homage to its connection with the Second World War.

Community figures in Carleton Rode, near Attleborough, are laying down plans for a weekend brimming with live performances at the 13th century All Saints Church.

Donations made at the event will see toilets and a kitchen installed at the place of worship, while the village history group's extensive research will be turned into a display detailing its war history.

The idea for the village festival, which will run from Friday, May 6 to Sunday, May 8, came after a performance by renowned viola player Susie Meszaros last year, who, at the time, said the church would make an ideal weekend venue.

Joan Hocking, one of those organising the festival alongside stalwart Pat Graham, said: 'We thought instantly that it would be a fantastic idea and that it would work with all sorts of different genres across a weekend of music, so we set about organising it.'

With acts in the works for Friday and Saturday, Mrs Hocking said musicians are wanted for open-mic sessions on the Sunday.

'We know how much talent there is in the village and nearby and we'd love to hear from anyone interested,' she said. 'We're looking for all genres, whether it is rock, gospel, folk, pop or classical - we'd like something for everyone.'

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Artists will need to be able to fill a 20-minute slot and be able to bring their own equipment.

On Friday, jazz and rock performers will take centre stage, while on Saturday Ms Meszaros will return for a second classical concert. There will also be a chance for the audience to turn their hand to string and brass instruments, the organ and bells.

• If you'd like more information or to get involved, call Mrs Graham on 01953 860294 or email

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