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The Festival’s over for 2014……

…but don’t go away! - there’s plenty more music during the rest of 2014.  Here are details of two rather special evens in Wymondham Abbey in the next few weeks.


Haydn’s Creation - Saturday 13 September 2014 at 19:30
Considered by many to be Haydn’s masterpiece, the oratorio depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis and in Paradise Lost.

The concert will be performed by the 80-strong North West Festival Chorus under their musical director John Bethell. The soloists for the performance will be Catrin Woodruff, soprano, Richard Pollock, tenor and Alastair McCall, bass. The accompaniment will be provided by Russell Medley on the Abbey’s magnificent organ.

Tickets are £10 for adults and just £5 for under 18’s.  They are available from Puff’s Toyshop in Wymondham, Prelude Records in Norwich (ring them on 01603 628319 for credit card sales) or from Brian Randall on 01953 601939. They will also be available on the door, although you are advised to get tickets early for such a popular event.


Ely Choral Society - Saturday 18 October 2014 at 19:30
This concert is a golden opportunity to hear Bruckner’s rarely performed setting of the Mass in E minor. It is scored for double choir and an ensemble of wind and brass instruments. The instrumentalists are all members of Wymondham Symphony Orchestra.

The programme will also include Bruckner motets for the choir and works just for the instrumental ensemble.

Andrew Parnell is delighted to have the chance to bring together two of the groups he regularly directs - Wymondham Symphony Orchestra and Ely Choral Society.

Tickets will cost £10 for adults, £9 (concessions) and  £2 for accompanied children. There’s £1 off these tickets prices for members of the WSO  Friends’ scheme.  Tickets will be available from early September.

More information about this concert is available from the WSO website.

Ely Choral Society and their conductor Andrew Parnell

Wymondham Music Festival Founders Retire – New Team to Plan for 2015

Barbara and Brian Randall, who launched Wymondham Music Festival with a series of concerts in 1996 and have nurtured the festival into its position as a much loved and respected element of the Norfolk market town’s cultural life, have retired after 18 years at the helm.

Long serving former chairman, John Wood and treasurer, Derek Fripp have also retired from the festival committee. Derek’s successor as treasurer is Steph Homburg.

The festival began succession planning in 2012 and a new team of volunteers, led by Chairman Richard Elliott, is in place to run the 2015 festival and beyond.

The festival staged a special celebration evening at Central Hall on Friday, August 22, for friends and supporters, to mark the long service of Barbara and Brian Randall, John Wood, Derek Fripp and Hugh Morgan. Hugh has run the patrons’ scheme for many years and will be retiring at the end of March.     

Councillor David Goldson, Chairman South Norfolk Council, who attended the event said: "I thank you sincerely for all you have done for your community and wish your successors luck."   

Richard Elliott said: “The contributions of our retiring committee members are by any standard truly remarkable. In particular, the work of Barbara and John in planning and running the festival over so many years is extraordinary. I would like to thank Barbara, John, Brian, Derek and Hugh on behalf of everyone involved in the festival and the wider community, for developing such an exciting and inspiring annual musical extravaganza. They will be a hard act to follow, but we have some enthusiastic new volunteers on board who will deliver a quality event for Wymondham in 2015.”

Brian Randall said: “We’re both leaving with very mixed feelings - we are sad to be bowing out of a fantastic adventure that has been so much a part of our lives. Looking back over 18 years, there have been many, many memories - urgent deadlines, much laughter, thousands of chairs moved, friendships kindled and, above all else, the music and the musicians who put the ‘Music’ into ‘Wymondham Music Festival’.  From the young musicians in their first ever performance to famous stars, it’s been a privilege to have been involved with them and their art.”

Left to right: Brian Randall, Barbara Randall, John Wood, Derek Fripp and Hugh Morgan