Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Wymondham Area Schools’ Brass Band Launches Wymondham’s Summer of Music - May 7

Wymondham Area Schools’ Brass Band is performing in Wymondham Market Place on Saturday, May 7 from 10am to 12noon. The event marks the launch of Wymondham’s summer of music and the publication of Wymondham Music Festival’s 2011 programme, www.wymfestival.org.uk.

Copies of the Festival booklet promoting the historic market town’s music events from May onwards, including the 16th annual Festival Fortnight, June 25 to July 10, can be picked up on the morning of May 7.

The Festival’s summer programme promotes nearly 70 events, many of them free, featuring classical, folk, world, jazz, blues, pop, rock and soul music taking place in a range of venues across the town.

Other free Market Place events staged on Saturdays from 10am to 12noon: The He Hews (May 14), Town Busking Day (May 28), Norwich Ukulele Society (June 4), Bays River Jazz (June 11), Wymondham High School Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Band of the Gymnasium Waldstrasse, Hattingen (June 25), SmokeHouse Blues New Orleans Marching Band (July 2) and Johnny Jump Band (July 9).

Highlights during the Festival Fortnight include concerts at the 12th century Wymondham Abbey featuring Mercury Prize finalist Kit Downes Trio (June 30), the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet (June 25) and Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Andrew Ball (piano) (June 29). The newly refurbished Central Hall hosts The SweetBeats (July 2) Norfolk’s Lee Vasey Band (July 6), the Zimbabwean rhythms of the Anna Mudeka Band (July 8) and the Matt Wates Jazz Sextet (July 9).

There’s the annual Midsummer Jazz Picnic at Becketswell featuring the Dixie Mix Jazz Band (June 27). King’s Head Meadow hosts the Teddy Bears’ Picnic (July 3) with live music and storytelling.

Tickets go on sale on May 7, office@wymfestival.org.uk, tel. 01953 601939. Tickets for concerts can also be purchased at The Book Fountain in Wymondham, www.wymfestival.org.uk . Follow Wymondham Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter. Wymondham Music Festival is supported by Wymondham Town Council, South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council.

John Wood, Chair, Wymondham Music Festival said: “We are looking forward to a busy summer of music and hope that lots of old and new friends join us in the Market Place on May 7 to hear the Schools’ Brass Band and pick up a copy of our 2011 programme.”

Photograph: Wymondham Area Schools’ Brass Band, directed by Andrew Murray performing in Wymondham Abbey at last year’s Festival.