Wymondham Music Festival returns for the 23rd year from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, July 1. Favourites like Town Busking Day (June 23), the Jazz Picnic with DixieMix at Becketswell (June 25) and Teddy Bears’ Picnic for the under fives (July 1) are back, along with a new free open-air event, Sounds of Summer at Becketswell on Saturday, June 30 from 12noon to 6.30pm.
Sounds of Summer is being organised by Wymondham College student, Suzie Heylings, with support from Wymondham Town Team. The line up features Victoria Louise, who was a finalist on The Voice 2017, along with alternative rock and indie pop band Red Wine Talk, plus singer songwriters Jordan Baker and Anna Carter, and Fingers Crossed, a five-piece rock band from Wymondham High School.
Concerts at Wymondham Abbey include lyric soprano Jessica Robinson (June 27), Jazz at the Abbey (June 28), with Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble and lunchtime recitals featuring Archie Bonham (piano), Norfolk Young Musician of the Year on June 25, Rob Goodrich (organ) and Katie Schutte (violin) on June 26, Julian Haggett (organ) on June 27 and Matthew Wadsworth (lute) on June 29.
The Annual Music Lecture, Silent Films with Bruce Vogt is at The Regal (Wymondham Ex-Services Club) on June 24. Bruce Vogt will accompany silent films from Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton on the piano and will give a talk ‘Music and the Silent Clown’.
Other highlights are The Opera Dudes (June 22) and Bowjangles Comedy Orchestra (June 29), both promoted with Wymondham U3A, and Cavick String Quartet (July 1).
The Festival also stages three concerts for local young musicians, including the annual Young Musicians’ Concert at Wymondham Abbey on June 26.
For the full Festival programme and to buy tickets for concerts see www.wymfest.org.uk. Concert tickets are also on sale at Puff’s Toyshop in Wymondham Market Place.
Festival Chairman Richard Elliott said: “We have an exciting programme for this year’s Festival, featuring regular favourites like the Town Busking Day and Jazz Picnic, along with our new event at Becketswell, Sounds of Summer, organised by Wymondham College student, Suzie Heylings. We also have three concerts featuring local young musicians including our annual Young Musicians’ concert at Wymondham Abbey. I would like to thank our volunteers who make the Festival happen and our sponsors for their invaluable support.”