Music from around the world and across the spectrum at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival

NNF17: Maarja Nutt. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

NNF17: Maarja Nutt. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

People can enjoy music from around the world and across the spectrum at this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

NNF17: Kansas Smitty's House Band. Photo: Rah Petherbridge Photography

NNF17: Kansas Smitty's House Band. Photo: Rah Petherbridge Photography - Credit: Rah Petherbridge Photography

The arts extravaganza runs from May 12 to 28 and is offering a packed contemporary and classical music programme as part of its line-up.

Chloe Hobbs, from the festival, said: 'We are delighted to present music from across the globe, including Estonian fiddle, Portuguese folk, Columbian tambores, Angolan hip hop and so much more.'

Dee Dee Bridgewater, from Memphis, Tennessee, is bringing the sound of jazz to Norwich Theatre Royal on May 20, and the night before fellow Americans Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson present their performance American Style at the venue.

Norwich Playhouse will see performances from Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita (May 12), Estonian fiddler and singer Maarja Nuut (May 15), Portuguese singer Lula Pena (May 18), and Irish music duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill (May 21). The theatre will host performances from BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists on May 12, 19 and 20.

A cappella group Naturally 7 will swap New York for Norwich on May 14 when they perform their mix of gospel, R&B, soul and jazz at St Andrew's Hall. The venue will host Brad Mehldau Trio, a jazz act also from America, on May 18. Other St Andrew's Hall events include a host of British music talent - cellist Steven Isserlis (May 12), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (May 16), pianist Paul Lewis (May 23), and Britten Sinfonia (May 26).

Belgian early music ensemble Vox Luminus and Freiburg Baroque Consort perform Monteverdi's Vespers at Norwich Cathedral on May 17, meanwhile soprano Carolyn Sampson and pianist Joseph Middleton, both British, present work exploring madness in music at St Peter Mancroft on May 22.

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In the Adnams Spiegeltent, Toto La Momposina from Colombia kicks off the music programme on May 19, followed by British singer Nadine Shah on May 20, and Throes + The Shine's Angolan kuduro and rock and roll on May 21. London-based Kansas Smitty's House Band bring jazz to the tent on May 24. The final three Adnams Spiegeltent, acts are also homegrown - jazz stars Get The Blessing (May 25) and Ezra Collective (May 26), and vocal powerhouse trio LaSharVu (May 27).

And finally, the musical performers who are are the closest to home are from Norwich-based The Voice Project which is inviting people to take part in The Arms of Sleep, a 'vocal sleepover' through the night at the Assembly House, in Norwich, from May 22 to 26.

For more information, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

NNF17: Vox Luminis and Frelburg Baroque Consort. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

NNF17: Vox Luminis and Frelburg Baroque Consort. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

NNF17: Toto La Momposina. Photo: Kevin Clifford

NNF17: Toto La Momposina. Photo: Kevin Clifford - Credit: Kevin Clifford

NNF17: Lula Pena. Photo: Lucile Dizier

NNF17: Lula Pena. Photo: Lucile Dizier - Credit: Lucile Dizier

NNF17: Brad Mehldau Trio. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

NNF17: Brad Mehldau Trio. Photo: Norfolk and Norwich Festival - Credit: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

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