Norwich village brought to a standstill as concert goes with a bang

Traffic was brought to a standstill in Taverham as nearly 3,000 people flocked to Taverham Hall for the hugely successful Exploding Brass, an outdoor fireworks 'Proms' concert.

The event was one of the biggest ever held in the west Norwich village, costing almost �40,000 to stage.

Organised by Taverham Band and Taverham Scout Group, the concert featured the The Fabulous Swinging Chandeliers, tenor Benjamin Lake and soprano Rebecca Mundy.

At one point concert-goers were waiting in a two-mile queue with their picnics, tables and chairs.

Taverham Band producer Ian Colman was overjoyed at the success of the event.

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He said: 'With the weather presenting challenges, to get nearly 3,000 people is a tribute to the group of volunteers who pulled together to produce such a professional event.

'The evening came together perfectly and the village has not stopped talking about it ever since.

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'It was a fine example of local business and the community joining together with one aim, and the success of the evening was a tribute to the hard work and generosity of more than 130 volunteers from both organisations.'

The event was the eighth Exploding Brass concert since it was launched 12 years ago to celebrate Taverham Band's 21st anniversary.

The concert, food, fireworks and sidestalls were all produced in-house, with sponsorship for the event coming from The Eastern Daily Press, NatWest, Taverham Nursery and local businesses to enable a professional stage, light and sound company to be used.

A collection was taken for Macmillan Cancer Support and proceeds from the evenings concert will be split between Taverham Scout Group and Taverham Band to develop their activities locally.

Are you organising a community event in the Norwich area? Call David Freezer on 01603 772418 or email

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