Wymondham's Music Festival Fortnight returns from Saturday 22 June to Sunday 7 July, with 40 events, some organised by other groups, many of them free, in venues across the historic South Norfolk market town.
Tickets for Festival Fortnight concerts are on sale at the Book Fountain, Wharton’s Court, Wymondham, and can be bought online at www.wymfestival.org.uk. For Festival event enquiries, contact the Festival office, t. 01953 601939, email@example.com. Save £1 on Festival Fortnight tickets booked by June 15, either online, or by using the discount voucher in the Festival brochure.
Enjoy performances by national, regional and local musicians with everything from Rachmaninov, Bach and Britten to folk, Americana, swing, jazz, flamenco, blues, bluegrass and contemporary rock.
Festival Fortnight kicks off on the morning of 22 June with a Market Place concert from Wymondham High Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Band of the Gymnasium Waldstrasse, Hattingen (10am). Then in the evening The Lightning Thieves, Adam Summerhayes, concerto violinist turned ultra-modern electric fiddler, with David Gordon, the ‘Hendrix’ of the harpsichord are at Wymondham Abbey (7.30pm).
There’s the annual Midsummer Jazz Picnic with Dixie Mix and Theatre of Adventure on 24 June (6pm to 9pm). Then Jazz in The Abbey on 27 June (7.30pm) presents Peter King, rated by Dave Gelly in 'The Giants Of Jazz' as…‘the finest alto saxophonist that Britain has ever produced, and one of the finest in the world today’ with Steve Melling (piano), Owen Morgan (bass) and Roger Odell (drums).
The Market Place is transformed into 1940s style on 28 June with Skyliner playing Glenn Miller inspired music (7pm). The Kickstart Sessions showcasing young local bands is at Ketts Park Centre on 29 June (11am to 6pm).
Teeside folk duo Megson, described as ‘the most original duo on the British folk scene’ by Robert Denslow of The Guardian, play The Regal (Ex-Services Club) on 29 June (8pm).
Families will enjoy the Teddy Bears’ Picnic on 30 June with magical stories from Charlotte Arculus and Christine Hill and music from Hayley Moyses (11am to 1pm King’s Head Meadow). That evening, The Voigt Piano Trio plays Rachmaninov and Schumann at Wymondham Abbey (8pm).
Lunchtime recitals at Wymondham Abbey (1.10pm to 2pm) from 1 July include Norfolk Winds Quintet, the ‘Charm of Ivor Novello’, and a Britten song recital. Norfolk born concert pianist, Rupert Egerton-Smith is at the Abbey on the evening of 3 July, with a programme featuring Beethoven, Scriabin and Rachmaninov (7.30pm).
The Festival lecture on 2 July is The Tuneful Electron, A History of Electronic Music at Fairland Church Centre (7.30pm) – Stephen Bennett, lecturer in music at UEA.
Norfolk’s festival favourites, The Vagaband are at Central Hall on 4 July (8pm) and Wymondham Roots, an acoustic extravaganza, bursting with local talent created by Wymondham’s own Johnny Steinberg is at Central Hall on 5 July (8pm).
Flamenco takes centre stage at The Regal on 6 July (8pm) with Norwich-based Zimali Flamenco, who are also running a dance workshop earlier in the day at the Baptist Church (4pm).
The Drones present The Toy Symphony, the family Festival Finale at the Baptist Church on 7 July, a fun concert with music performed on the cello, harmonium, bouzouki, mandolin, clarinet, percussion, car parts, toys, birdcalls, musical saw and items from the garden shed (3pm).