Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Fifteenth Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight June 26 to July 11

The 15th annual Wymondham Music Festival, centred on Festival Fortnight June 26 to July 11, celebrates professional Norfolk musicians, combined with a selection of national artists and showcases local talent in this historic Norfolk market town.

There’s everything from a Steely Dan tribute band, to Jane Austen’s Musical England, opera, Indian classical music, folk, jazz, classical recitals and concerts and a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, accompanied by Brolly Folk playing jolly tunes for all ages.

More than 50 events, many of them free, take place in a range of venues across the town. The 12th century Wymondham Abbey hosts several concerts and recitals including, The Art of Sound (June 30), Duo Contra (July 1), Wymondham Symphony Orchestra (July 10), Wymondham Youth Orchestra (July 3), a special Wymondham Young Pianists’ concert (July 5) and Tonally Different (July 6), a lunchtime recital featuring traditional British songs.

Open-air venues are well used. There’s the annual Midsummer Jazz Picnic at Becketswell featuring the DixieMix Jazz Band and the Theatre of Adventure (June 28). King’s Head Meadow hosts the Teddy Bears’ Picnic (July 4) and Browick Road Recreation Ground has a selection of local youth bands and up-and-coming DJs in Live ‘N’ Gigging (June 26). Hear popular Norwich musicians, The Rum Brothers (July 3) in The Market Place along with Chameleon a 1940s tribute band (July 8) and Wymondham High School Jazz Band (June 26). Ketts Park is the place for Steely Dan fans – an evening with Steemy Dan (July 10).

Folk concerts are at The Baptist Church – Horse’s Brawl (July 2 - pictured) and Stone Angel (July 3). Wymondham High School has Live Wire Opera Company (June 26) and Wymondham Youth Music Society (July 8). Fairland Church Centre hosts
Sulekh Ruparell, Eastern Music Company, for an evening of classical Indian music (July 9).

The festival heads out of town for an evening at Kimberley Hall with Consort Royal, as they explore Jane Austen’s Musical England (June 27). There’s also music and poetry with singer-songwriter Caomhe at Becket’s Chapel (July 6), plus the opportunity to explore the town with Blue Badge Guide Judy Hawkins (July 11).

Full festival programme details are at http://www.wymfestival.org.uk, or contact the Festival Office tel. 01953 601939. The festival brochure can be picked up at Wymondham Tourist Information Centre. Wymondham Music Festival is supported by Wymondham Town Council, South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council.