It’s time to play! Market town gets ready for music festival fortnight

Jazz musician Jo Fooks will perform at the year's Wymondham Music Festival. Picutre: Courtesy Wymond

Jazz musician Jo Fooks will perform at the year's Wymondham Music Festival. Picutre: Courtesy Wymondham Music Festival - Credit: Archant

Music is set to fill the streets, squares, parks and pubs of Wymondham as the town gears up for its annual 'festival fortnight'.

A jazz performance at the Wymondham Music Festival. Picutre: Courtesy Wymondham Music Festival

A jazz performance at the Wymondham Music Festival. Picutre: Courtesy Wymondham Music Festival - Credit: Archant

The two-week period, which will be launched on Saturday at Market Place, encompasses most of the events of the Wymondham Music Festival, which each year draws hundreds of visitors attracted by the range of performers and lively atmosphere.

Richard Elliott, festival chairman, said: 'All is set for a fantastic fortnight of music in Wymondham.

'Then we are off with a packed programme of events and concerts, with Wymondham Symphony Orchestra's Summer Concert on Saturday evening and The Vagaband at the Regal on Sunday evening.

'Other highlights in week one include our annual Jazz Picnic with DixieMix on July 3, Jazz at the Abbey with the Jo Fooks Quartet on July 6 and the beautiful harmonies and soulful folk from Arcelia at Central Hall on July 7.'

Arcelia. Picture: Courtesy of Arcelia

Arcelia. Picture: Courtesy of Arcelia - Credit: Archant


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Visitors can take a journey through time as guitarist and luthier Peter Turrell performs pieces from 500 years of stringed instrument history, from early renaissance lute music, through to baroque and romantic period tunes, as well as some modern classical and flamenco music.

The event called Music Lecture: Peter Turrell will take place on July 4 at 7.30pm.

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Community book shop Kett's Books will host a 'Debut Concert' event on July 7 from 6pm, giving visitors a chance to hear young performers at the start of their careers perform.

Mr Elliot said the second week of the festival would feature a Young Musicians' Concert on July 10, a contemporary clarinet concert with Luca Luciano on July 12 and a blues evening with Robin Bibi and the Shunters on July 13.

A young performer taking part in the Wymondham Music Festival. Picture: Archant Library

A young performer taking part in the Wymondham Music Festival. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

He said the festival promised to have something for everyone. Mr Elliot said: 'Festival Fortnight rounds off with Wymondham Choral Society's Summer Concert on July 15 and the Family Finale concert with The He Hews on July 16.

'I'd like all our sponsors and patrons for their support and the volunteer team that makes the Festival happen and look forward to a busy and exciting festival.'

For more details about what's on during the festival, visit www.wymfest.org.ukProgramme of events

Wymondham Market Place NR18 OAX

Saturday 1 July 11am to 1pm

Festival Fortnight Launch with Wymondham High Academy

Featuring performances from Wymondham High Academy's Academy Orchestra, Academy Singers, Jazz Collective, Brass Band, String Ensemble, Reed Ensemble, Guitar Group, Samba Band and more.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Saturday 1 July, 7.30pm

Wymondham Symphony Orchestra Summer Concert

Overture Der Freischütz – Carl Maria von Weber

Cello Concerto in E minor – Edward Elgar with Andrew Harsley, cello (Norfolk young Musician of the Year 2016)

Symphony No.1 in D minor – Antonin Dvo?ák

Tickets £12 adult, £10 Friends, £2 children. T 01953 798784

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Sunday 2 July, 6.30pm

Festival Evensong

Wymondham Abbey Choir conducted by Rob Goodrich with Peter O'Connor, organ

www.wymondhamabbey.org.uk

The Regal (Ex Services Club), Wymondham NR18 0AT

Sunday 2 July, 7.30pm

The Vagaband

The Vagaband is an up to eight-piece band based in Norfolk. Among the instruments they play are fiddle, mandolin, pedal-steel guitar, clarinet, flügelhorn, banjo, squeezebox and piano. They play original song-based roots music; a soulful mix between Americana, blues, jazz and rock.

Ticket £10 , student under 25 free

Becketswell, Wymondham NR18 9PH

Monday 3 July, 6pm to 9pm

Jazz Picnic with DixieMix

Simon Nelson's DixieMix, who famously toured with Rod Stewart, will once again be entertaining the crowds at our annual summer evening picnic, now in its 22nd year. Bring picnics, chairs and rugs. Ice cream and real coffee will be on sale.

Please use the free shuttle bus service from Central Hall car park from 17.45 to 21.15. The only parking available at the venue is for disabled drivers. Free event (bucket collection)

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Tuesday 4 July, 1pm

Lunchtime recital: Lucy Thalange, Norfolk Young Musician 2017

Lucy's programme includes Frauenliebe und Leben, by Schumann, Villanelle (from Les nuits d'ete), by Berlioz, Romance, by Debussy and A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square, by Sherwin. Accompanist Duncan Barlow.

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Wymondham Baptist Church NR18 0AY

Tuesday 4 July, 7.30pm

Music Lecture: Peter Turrell, guitarist and luthier

Peter will play a musical programme that spans the past 500 years of stringed instrument history. From early renaissance lute music, through to baroque and romantic period tunes, as well as some modern classical and flamenco music.

Light refreshments served. Retiring collection

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Wednesday 5 July, 5.30pm

Teatime recital: Rachel Groves – Harpist

Rachel will be playing the Scottish harp, the instrument on which she first fell in love with music. She will perform Scottish airs and dances along with some of her own compositions and favourite tunes that she has learnt over the years.

Rachel was joint winner of The Times newspaper's national carol writing competition 2016 and last Christmas performed her carol it with the Bach Choir at the Cadogan Hall. This year she won the Clarsach Society's Young Composer award. Her winning duet Sun Moon and Stars was premiered at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2017. Retiring collection.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Thursday 6 July, 7.30pm

Jazz at The Abbey – Jo Fooks Quartet

Jo Fooks Quartet - Jo Fooks saxophone, Ted Beaumant, piano, Val Manix, bass and

Bobby Worth, drums.

Ticket £10, student under 25 free.

Kett's Books, Wharton Court, Wymondham NR18 0UQ

Friday 7 July, 6pm

Debut Concert

Our second evening of music from youngsters at the start of their musical careers.

With the support of the town's dedicated private music tutors, we are able to showcase budding music talent.

Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham NR18 0QB

Friday 7 July, 8pm

Arcelia

Arcelia's core trio Gavin Alexander, Teresa Gallagher and Simon Foster, will be joined by Martin Elliott on bass and Perry White on piano. Since getting together in 2012, Arcelia's reputation for beautiful songwriting and stunning harmony has begun to spread and they now enjoy a wonderfully busy diary,including supporting Chris Difford's (Squeeze) solo tour.

Ticket £10, student under 25 free.

Wymondham Market Place, NR18 0AX

Saturday 8 July, 11am to 1pm

Meet Arcelia

Arcelia will perform their songs and giving an insight into the life of a gigging musician and songwriter. Simon for instance also sings with The Flying Pickets and they all work with some of the best songwriters and performers in the UK, so if you have a question, don't be shy come and ask it. If not, sit back and enjoy the music in our historic Market Place.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm

Wymondham Youth Orchestra Summer Concert

Wymondham Youth Orchestra is a complete chamber orchestra catering for players garde 3 to 8+. Their repertoire is varied and tailored to its membership. Works classical to contemporary (including jazz) are tackled with enthusiasm. Wymondham Youth Orchestra has also inspired and premiered works by local composers.

Ticket: pay on the door.

King's Head Meadow, Back Lane, Wymondham NR18 0QB

Sunday 9 July, 11am to 1pm

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Two hours of musical fun for the under-fives with professional musicians and entertainers. This is a great opportunity for those with young children to relax with friends and other families. Bring a

picnic and rugs to sit on. Hopefully, umbrellas will only be required as sunshades! The clubhouse bar (Wymondham Football Club) and facilities will be available if required. Free event.

Wymondham Baptist Church NR18 0AY

Sunday 9 July, 7.30pm

Massimo Redaelli Brown Harpsichord Recital

The Welcoming Land – English and Italian seventeenth-century harpsichord music.

The concert will be an exploration of the interplay between indigenous and

imported Italian elements in the music of the time, from Philips to Purcell and Byrd.

Retiring collection.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Monday 10 July, 7pm

Young Musicians' Concert

The Festival's annual evening of music provided by local young musicians, including the premier of a piece for violin by Ken Crandell.

Ticket £5 on the door, students under 25 free.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Tuesday 11 July, 5.30pm

Teatime Recital: Alice Godfrey, trumpet and Rob Goodrich, organ

Programme includes Vocalise by Sergie Rachmaninov (arr. Goodrich), Prayer of St. Gregory by Alan Hovhaness, Après un rêve by Gabriel Fauré (arr. Goodrich), Toccata for Organ by Theodore Dubois and Pie Jesu by Rob Goodrich. Guest soprano – Phoebe Pennington.

Alice Godfrey was a music scholar at Wymondham College and a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra. She has just completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Rob Goodrich studied organ and singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Formally an alto lay clerk at Rochester Cathedral, he is now Organist and Director of Music at Wymondham Abbey.

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Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Wednesday 12 July, 7.30pm

Luca Luciano in Concert

Luca Luciano – clarinet with piano accompaniment. Contemporary clarinet recital featuring original material from Luca Luciano's last releases, along with classics by Gershwin, Weill and Piazzolla.

'Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music I just couldn't resist it.' Tom Robinson, BBC Radio, 2009

Ticket £10, student under 25 free

Wymondham Methodist Church

Thursday 13 July, 1pm

Wymondham Ukelele Group

Lunchtime performance by Wymondham Ukelele Group

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The Regal (Ex Services Club), Wymondham NR18 0AT

Thursday 13 July, 8pm

Robin Bibi and The Shunters

Robin Bibi – vocals and guitar with The Shunters (house band for the

Dereham Blues Festival). Robin Bibi is one of the UK's top blues/rock guitarists.

Having 'paid his dues' working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben E. King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro, he launched the Robin Bibi Band in the late 90s. Since then he has recorded 11 albums and has a very busy gig diary.

Ticket £10, student under 25 free

Wymondham Baptist Church NR18 0AY

Friday 14 July, 10am to 12noon

Coffee time music with The Squeegees

The Squeegees return by popular demand for their fifth appearance at the Festival. John and Dave are both skilled musicians and great fun. Enjoy sing-a-longs and memorable songs from the fifties, sixties and more. This is a drop in event. Arrive any time during the session.

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Wymondham Baptist Church NR18 0AY

Saturday 15 July, 11am to 1pm

Happy Feet Ceilidh Band

Happy Feet Ceilidh Band is a group of professional musicians with many years of experience who will play the music while you dance under the guidance of a

very experienced caller, or just listen to the tunes and songs.

Retiring collection.

Wymondham Abbey NR18 0PH

Saturday 15 July, 7.30pm

Wymondham Choral Society, conductor Claire Dixon, presents Handel's 'Alexander's Feast' with The Amadeus Orchestra of London and Catherine May, soprano, Daniel Joy, tenor, and Andrew McWilliams baritone. This lively, tuneful work was composed to celebrate St Cecilia, the patroness of music. It has the sub-title 'The Power of Music'.

Ticket £12, under 16 £5, from Reeve's, 2 Market Street, Wymondham NR18 0BB or on the door.

Wymondham Baptist Church NR18 0AY

Sunday 16 July, 3pm

Wymondham Music Festival Finale – The He Hews

Norwich's The He Hews round of Festival Fortnight

with an afternoon of 'sophisticated silliness – from flapper to disco, with

a New Orleans Twist' – great fun for all the family.

Ticket £5 on the door, student under 25 free.

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