Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Wymondham Music Festival Fortnight June 25 –July 10

The 16th annual Wymondham Music Festival Festival Fortnight, June 25 to July 10, celebrates professional Norfolk musicians, combined with a selection of national artists and showcases local talent in this historic Norfolk market town.

Highlights 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 (9 July). Wymondham Baptist Church hosts a folk showcase with Pennyless and Tallis (July 6).

There is also a good selection of open air and family events – many free – workshops and a special music lecture.

Tickets from The Book Fountain, Wharton’s Court, off Market Street, Wymondham or the Festival Office tel. 01953 601939,,

Programme details follow:

Wymondham Abbey Concerts
Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Saturday, June 25 at 7.30pm. £12 (under 18 £2) in advance, extra £2 on the door.
Violin Songs – Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and Andrew Ball (piano), Wednesday, June 29 at 7.30pm. £10 (under 18 £2) in advance, extra £2 on the door.
Kit Downes Trio, Thursday, June 30 at 7.30pm. £8 (under 18 £2) in advance, extra £2 on the door.
Wymondham Young Musicians’ Concert, Monday, July 4 at 7pm. £4 on the door.

Wymondham Abbey Lunchtime Recitals
All at 1.10pm, free admission: Sohyun Park, piano, Friday, July 1, Broadside Revival, male quartet singing a cappella, Monday, July 4, The Chiron String Quartet, Tuesday, July 5, Tali Dolce Musica, flute, voice, chamber organ and piano, Wednesday, July 6, Magical Moments for You, popular song, opera and oratorio, Thursday, July 7, Piano Duo, Friday, July 8.

Central Hall Concerts
The SweetBeats, Saturday, July 2 at 8pm. £8 (under 18 £2) in advance, extra £2 on the door.
Lee Vasey Band Wednesday, July 6 at 8pm. £8 (under 18 £2) in advance, £2 extra on the door.
Anna Mudeka Band Friday, July 8 at 8pm. £8 (under 18 £2) in advance, £2 extra on the door.
Matt Wates Jazz Sextet, Saturday, July 9 at 8pm. £8 (under 18 £2) in advance, £2 extra on the door.

Folk Showcase
Pennyless and Tallis at Wymondham Baptist Church, Friday, July 1 at 8pm. £6 (under 18 £2) in advance, extra £2 on the door.

Open Air and Family Events
Wymondham High School Jazz Band and the Jazz Band of the Gymnasium, Waldstrasse, Hattingen, Market Place, Saturday, June 25, 10am-12noon. Free event.
Tastes of Wymondham, Central Hall, Saturday, June 25, 11am-3pm. Free event.
Midsummer Jazz Picnic at Becketswell featuring the Dixie Mix Jazz Band Monday, June 27, 6pm to 9pm. Free event.
Smokehouse Blues Band, Market Place, Saturday, July 2, 10am-12noon. Free event.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic King’s Head Meadow with live music and storytelling, Sunday, July 3, 11am-1pm. Free event.
Chameleon Band, music from the swing era, Market Place, Thursday, July 7, 5pm-7pm. Free event.
Johnny Jump Band, ‘punk skiffle’, Market Place, Saturday July 9, 10am-12noon. Free Event.
Garlic Theatre presents Fiddlesticks, Wymondham Baptist Church, Sunday, July 10 at 3pm. £6 (under 18 £5) includes afternoon tea (in advance), £2 extra on door.

Workshops, Lectures and Walks
Guitar Workshop with Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Abbey Hall, Saturday, June 25 11am-1pm. £15 (under 18 £5).
Does Klezmer Swing? – music lecture at Wymondham Baptist Church with George Hyde, Andy Kirkham (guitar) and Jonathan Lambert (clarinet), Tuesday, June 28 at 8pm. Free event.
Community Music East, band skills workshop, Saturday, July 2 – tel. 01953 601939 for details.
Guided walk with Blue Badge Guide, Judy Hawkins, meet in the Abbey churchyard Sunday, July 3 at 11.50am. Free event.
Voice Workshop with Jon Baker, Wymondham Baptist Church, Saturday, July 9, 11am-1pm. £10 (under-18 £5) in advance, £2 extra on the door.

Wymondham Music Festival is supported by Wymondham Town Council, South Norfolk Council and Norfolk County Council. For more information about Wymondham contact the Tourist Information Centre tel. 01953 604721.

Photograph: Kit Downes Trio