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Wymondham Festival Fortnight's great mix

PUBLISHED: 18:24 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 14:35 14 July 2010

The second week of the 2008 Wymondham Festival fortnight contains a great mix of music.

In Live 'n' Gigging, Wymondham Music Festival, is once again working in partnership with SNSounds, the South Norfolk Youth Music Project, to bring a gig that offers a showcase for local youth bands and up-and-coming DJs.

The second week of the 2008 Wymondham Festival fortnight contains a great mix of music.

In Live 'n' Gigging, Wymondham Music Festival, is once again working in partnership with SNSounds, the South Norfolk Youth Music Project, to bring a gig that offers a showcase for local youth bands and up-and-coming DJs.

For some it is their first big public appearance. It's free, takes place on the Browick Road Recreation Ground and runs from 11am until 5pm on Saturday.

Country Night, an evening of country and western, features one of the most popular bands in the area, Kenny Lee and Hustler, supported by Morning Blue.

Enjoy their show at Wymondham Central Hall on Monday at 8pm. Tickets are £6, or £2 for children.

This year, the festival has two great folk ensembles on stage plus other acoustic players at the Central Hall on Wednesday (8pm).

The duo of Hannah James (accordion and vocals) and Sam Sweeney (fiddle) will share the stage with Hare's Breath, a new group formed from four familiar names with years of experience in various Norfolk and Suffolk bands. Folk Night tickets are £6, or £2 for children.

Spanish Spice, Eclipse's programme in Wymondham Abbey on Thursday, is based on 17th century Spanish dance music, drawing on flamenco and other influences and using instruments rarely heard or seen today.

Eclipse's guest dance artist is Gabriela Rosa. The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are £10, or £2 for children.

And there's a fantastic jazz treat courtesy of the Lewis Wright Quartet.

The group is fronted by

19-year-old vibes player Lewis, from Hardingham, who gave his first public performance when he was just six years old.

Lewis is now studying

jazz at Trinity College of Music in London. Other members of the quartet include pianist Kit Downes. Catch them at the

Ex-Services Club in Friarscroft Lane next Friday at 8pm. Tickets are £8, or £2 for children.

w Reserve your festival seats at the ticket office at the Book Fountain, Wharton's Court, from the festival office or on the door. Further information from

the festival website at www.wymfestival.org.uk or from Barbara Randall on 01953 601939.

One of the most popular features of the Wymondham Music Festival over the last few years has been the series of lunchtime recitals that take place in Wymondham's famous Abbey, from 1.10-2pm.

Monday June 30 - As the Marval Piano Duo - Margery Baker and Valerie Denny have given many concerts over the years, exploring the wide repertoire on offer for four hands. An interesting and entertaining programme is promised featuring Mozart, Schumann and Arensky, and of course two grand pianos.

Tuesday July 1 - The elegant Dexterity Trio (Anna Hopkins, flute, Maja Passchier, cello; David Morgan, piano) was created in 1990 and has built up an extensive repertoire. For this concert they've chosen some gems by Bach, Haydn and Poulenc.

Wednesday July 2 - Léon Charles' organ recital will include Bach's 'St Anne' Prelude and Fugue, Mendelssohn's Sonata No 3 and popular favourites by Handel and Percy Grainger. Léon is currently an organ scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, and will take up the organ scholarship at Westminster Abbey in September. He has travelled widely in Europe and the USA with the college choir and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Thursday July 3 - Four Divas and One (Veronica Grint and June Harrison, soprano; Melody Adams and Claire Watkins, alto; Philip Aldred, piano) will be singing popular songs from the 1940s, a Mozart duet and works by Elgar, Quilter and Schubert. Philip Aldred (the One!) conducts various ensembles including the Norwich Music Group and Dolce among whose members are the Four Divas for this recital.

Friday July 4 - Violinist Eleonora Koulouri-Consta, accompanied by painist William Fergusson, won the 2007 Norfolk Young Musician competition at the very tender age of 13. Her programme will include Brahms' third violin sonata and Nigun from Baal Sham by Ernest Bloch.

There will be a retiring collection at the end of each recital to provide a contribution towards the costs of the events.

W There are many other events during the week. Details of all events are contained in the free programme available in Libraries and shops all over the county, or from the Festival's website www.wymfestival.org.uk. Further information is also available from Barbara Randall, Festival events organiser, on 01953 601939.

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