|Norfolk Schools' Brass Band|
The Festival brochure, available from May 10, features more than 70 events, with 32 during Festival Fortnight. Events are organised by both the Festival committee and other groups. Many of the events during Festival Fortnight are free in venues across the historic South Norfolk market town.
Tickets for Festival Fortnight concerts go on sale on May 10 at Puff’s Toyshop Wymondham Market Place or online here. Save £1 on Festival Fortnight tickets booked by June 14. For general enquiries t. 01953 333500, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy performances by national, regional and local musicians with everything from Schumann, Debussy, Beethoven and JS Bach to Americana, English folk, swing, jazz, flamenco, bluegrass, African, Balkan, Gypsy and Indian music and contemporary composers and singer-songwriters.
Festival Chairman Richard Elliott said: "Soon we shall be converting months of planning into music - it's a really exciting time for everyone. The Wymondham area will be buzzing this spring and summer. Festival Fortnight is going to be a real treat for music fans, with its superb mix of classical, folk, jazz and contemporary music. Many of the events are free, so do come along, relax and enjoy our diverse programme in this beautiful market town."
Early events include the annual Wymondham Town Busking Day on Saturday, May 24 and Raevennan Husbandes, winner of Future Radio’s Next Big Thing (2012) in the Market Place from 10am on Saturday, May 31. Then Norwich Baroque presents The Bach Family and the Baroque Cello at Wymondham Abbey at 7.30pm on May 31
Festival Fortnight kicks off at 10am on June 21 with Around the World Through Music and Dance, a new free family event in Wymondham Abbey and churchyard. Enjoy Moxy Garbanzo playing Eastern European tunes and Sokoshumba performing colourful African music on mbira, hosho and djembe. There’ll be Bollywood and Indian classical dancing and Strictly Flamenco, along with Adrian Palka’s Sound Table.
|Bella Tromba at Wymondham Abbey, June 21|
There’s also a programme of lunchtime recitals at the Abbey and a special performance by Matthew Schellhorn of Ian Wilson’s new piano masterpiece, ‘Stations’ (June 29), to celebrate the Abbey’s new icons of the Stations of the Cross.
And on July 3 at the Abbey, it’s ‘Of Night And Light And The Half Light’ with John Law piano and Iain Ballamy saxophone, exploring the ground hovering between classical and jazz using contemporary groove-based rhythms and contemplative music.
The annual Midsummer Jazz Picnic returns to Becketswell (June 23) with Simon Nelson’s Dixie Mix, fresh from supporting Rod Stewart’s UK tour and Is u Iz – Ali Huiellebecq, saxophone and Hugh Stanners, accordion.
|Pasadena Roof Orchestra at Central Hall Wymondham, June 27|
Head to the Market Place for Brother Pit’s Acoustic Americana (June 28) and Klezmerized! playing lively danceable music with Middle Eastern, Gypsy and Balkan influences (July 5).
The annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic is at Kings Head Meadow on June 29, with gentle musical fun for the under-fives from Charlotte Arculus and Hayley Moyses. And Norwich favourites The He Hews wrap up Festival Fortnight with the Family Finale at the Baptist Church (July 6), an afternoon of ‘sophisticated silliness’ from flapper to disco with a New Orleans twist.