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Wymondham Music Festival starts

PUBLISHED: 10:49 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 14 July 2010

Next week is the start of the core of this year's Wymondham Music Festival. The Festival Fortnight, starts on Saturday and continues until July 5. During this time there are over 40 musical events, covering a whole range of musical types and styles.

Next week is the start of the core of this year's Wymondham Music Festival.

Festival Fortnight, starts on Saturday and continues until July 5 with over 40 musical events, covering a whole range of musical types and styles. Many of the events are free, some have collections and all are easily accessible to residents and visitors.

Highlights of the first week include:

Veya Saxophone Quartet - An award-winning group regarded as one of the UK's leading chamber ensembles. Their concert in Wymondham Abbey should be one of the highlights of the Festival. The group will play a mix of music, including Pachelbel's famous Canon, Scot Joplin's Entertainer and much more. Saturday , 7.30 pm, Wymondham Abbey. Tickets £10 (£2 for children) if bought in advance, or £12 (£4) on the door.

Midsummer Jazz Picnic - People can enjoy of jazz al fresco with music provided by the Sole Bay Jazz Band. Their repertoire ranges from trad to classics from the 1920s and 30s and songs from the swing era. Admission is free, and there will be a bucket collection. Monday 6pm to 9.30pm, Becketswell. Organisers will lay on a free shuttle bus service from the Central Hall car park. This will run from 5.45pm to 9.15pm.

Showbitz - Trio of locally-based performers who perform songs written for the theatrical stage. Tuesday, 8pm, Central Hall. Tickets £7 (£2 under 18) if bought in advance, £9 and £4 on the door.

Fontanella Recorder Consortk - Four highly experienced chamber musicians. One of the group, Annabel Knight, went to school in Wymondham and they'll be spending time teaching at Robert Kett school on the day of the concert. Their programme explores the golden age of English consort music from Tudor times. Wednesday, Wymondham Abbey, 7:30pm. Tickets £8 (£2 under 16) in advance, £10 (£2) on the door.

Jacqui Dankworth - Legendary singer needs no introduction and Festival organisers report that her concert is sold out.

Folk Gig - Damien Barber and Mike Wilson - Damien's group The Demon Barbers won best live act at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. For this gig he's teamed up with his recording partner Mike Wilson. Friday 26 June, 8:00pm, Central Hall. Tickets £5 (£2 under 18) if bought in advance, £7 and £4 on the door.

Live 'n' Gigging - Showcase for local young bands and up-and-coming DJs. It's free, takes place on the Browick Road Recreation Ground and runs from 11:00 am till 5 pm on Saturday 27 June.

The Blue Sueders - Locally based Elvis tribute band. Saturday 27 June, 8:00pm, Central Hall. Tickets £7 (£2 under 18) if bought in advance, £9 and £4 on the door.

Tickets are available from the Festival Box Office at the Book Fountain, Whartons Court Wymondham or from the Festival Office - call Barbara Randall on 01953 601939. The festival's programme contains all the details, as does the Festival website www.wymfestival.org.uk


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