Music festival opens in Norwich
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About 4,000 musicians, singers and performers are taking part in a special celebration of music over the next fortnight.
This year's Norfolk County Music Festival kicked off today in Norwich and will be filling various venues around the city with music and song until March 11.
Jacquie Burgess, chairman of the festival, said: 'The festival is now in its 91st year and it just keeps on growing.
'We're so pleased to provide a platform for Norfolk's talented musicians and everyone who enjoys learning to play music, or singing.
'It's a chance for them to get together and show off their skills.'
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Everything from classical piano and strings through to African drumming, jazz, percussion, school choirs, guitars and ukulele orchestras will feature in the 2016 programme.
The first day of the festival has included pianists playing at the Assembly House and singers performing at Norwich Central Baptist Church, and tonight wind ensembles and bands will be taking to the stage at The Salvation Army's Norwich Citadel.
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'We've got such an exciting programme this year and we want to invite the people of Norwich to get involved and find out what's on,' said festival development officer Laura Middleton, who added that the festival has also just launched a new-look website.
Norfolk County Music Festival was founded in 1925 and aims to support amateur musicians and singers of all ages by giving them the chance to perform in public and to receive positive advice from professional adjudicators.
The festival runs until Friday, March 11. Tickets for each event cost £2.50 for adults and are free for under 18s. For more information, including the full programme of events, visit www.norfolkmusic.org.uk
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