Wymondham Music Festival delights with a range of performances
- Credit: Archant
Organisers have hailed the success of this year's Wymondham Music Festival, which drew thousands of people to the south Norfolk town.
Performances during the main 'Festival Fortnight' period of the festival included everything from classical music and jazz at Wymondham Abbey, acoustic music at the Green Dragon pub, Wymondham Ukulele Group at the Methodist church and a ceilidh at the Baptist church.
Other events included a jazz picnic at Becketswell, live music at the Market Place and a Teddy Bears' Picnic on King's Head Meadow.
Richard Elliott, festival chairman, said: 'One of the top events was the Jazz Picnic with DixieMix, which attracted a near record audience on a perfect sunny evening.
'The Young Musicians' concert at the Abbey was a wonderful occasion with 17 musicians all playing to a very high standard. It's fantastic to have such great talent coming through in the local area.'
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Mr Elliot said ticketed events had not sold as well as had been hoped.
He said: 'But the audiences were treated to some top quality performances and all had a very good time.
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'I was surprised and delighted with Luca Luciano's concert at the abbey. His contemporary clarinet music was superb.'
Mr Elliot said another highlight was the group The Squeegees, which performed at the town's Baptist church.
'It was also lovely to see Wymondham Ukulele Group attract such a good audience for their lunchtime slot at the Methodist church.'
A family concert featuring the He Hews brought the festival to an end. Mr Elliot said organisers were now taking a break before starting planning for next year's festival.
Review of the festival fortnight by Angie McDonald, member of the Encore Singers
There was much magical musical entertainment on offer at this year's festival, and just three of the highlights are described.
On Monday, July 3, DixieMix (who formerly toured with Rod Stewart),entertained a crowd of approximately 1,000 picnickers at Becketswell. Their popular jazz classics were enjoyed by all on a balmy summer's evening. Concurrently, A4 Pacific steam locomotive 60009 was parked at nearby Wymondham Abbey Halt, and provided an added attraction as the crowd enjoyed the opportunity to view the locomotive close up, and take their 'selfies'.
The Fairland Church Centre was the venue for a 'Traditional Old Time Music Hall' on Saturday, July 8.
Arranged by the Wymondham Dementia Support Group this was a glorious occasion in all senses.
The sell-out audience, having been welcomed by the 'Chairman', enjoyed tremendously the talents of the many acts presented.
For one of the tea-time recitals in Wymondham Abbey, (Tuesday, July 11), the weather could not have been less kind.
Braving torrential rain another enthusiastic audience were delighted by the varied programme presented by trumpet player Alice Godfrey, with Rob Goodrich (organ), and supported in some of Rob's arrangements by Phoebe Pennington (soprano).
Definitely worth getting a soaking for.