Music In Libraries – Classical Guitar @ Wymondham Library
Jun 21 @ 11:00 – 12:30

Celebrating World Music Day and the opening of the Wymondham Music Festival, enjoy the sounds of the classical guitar at Wymondham Library at 11 am on Friday 21st June.

Jazz NOT at the Abbey: The Spirit of Trane – Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble @ Central Hall
Jun 21 @ 19:30

Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble

The Spirit of Trane
Marking fifty years without John Coltrane, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble attempt to reflect upon the beauty of the man’s music. John Coltrane was the most influential tenor saxophonist in jazz history. Whether it is his patented sheets of sound, his rapid-fire improvisations, the advanced harmonic progressions, the sonic impact of the best jazz quartet ever or his lush interpretations of the most beautiful ballads, no aspiring music lover can afford to neglect the music of Trane. But Coltrane is far greater than the sum of his outstanding musical achievements. He was a voice of a generation, an artistic revolutionary spirit, a man who transformed anger into love and plight into a humanist message. Coltrane is for us jazz at its best: an authentic creative wave of constant transformation and innovation. Trane is for us, first and foremost, a spirit.


Gilad Atzmon – tenor & soprano sax, clarinet, bass clarinet

Ross Staley – piano

Yaron Stavi – acoustic bass

Enzo Zirilli – drums




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Norfolk West Gallery Quire – open workshop day @ Fairland United Reformed Church
Jun 22 @ 09:30 – 15:30

With heart and voice!
Come to our open workshop day
Saturday 22 June 2019, 9.30 to 3.30
Fairland Church Centre, Wymondham, NR18 0AG
A fun taster session for everyone!
A chance to sing or play West Gallery music with other quires and individuals
Instrumentalists especially welcome!
Get in the mood and come in costume – you won’t be alone!
Weather permitting we’ll have our lunchbreak on the Fairland.
Bring a rug and a picnic lunch. Drinks will be available.
Norfolk West Gallery Quire
Dedicated to bringing back to life the music that was an integral part of worship in England for 150 years, from about 1700 to 1850.


West End Waiters @ Central Hall
Jun 22 @ 13:00 – 14:00

West End Waiters 

A few years ago a group of friends got together to sing a few songs, they enjoyed it and those that heard them enjoyed listening to them so they became The Westend Waiters and went ‘on the road”

Since that time they have travelled all over Norfolk from Hunstanton to Lowestoft and Downham Market to Rollesby, bringing their unique blend of humorous song and verse to audiences as diverse as WIs, Bowls clubs, Good Companions, Senior Citizen clubs and many others.

Their songs are all from that age when the tune was important and the words told a story…. And if they are a bit naughty sometimes … well, so much the better! Laughter is contagious and we like sending audiences home with smiles on their faces.

One of their first members sadly developed Motor Neurone Disease and died a few years ago. He has been their inspiration to raise funds to research into the terrible disease and they are currently in sight of £23,000.There are 9 in the group: 6 gentlemen and 3 ladies, all of whom are of mature years!

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YoungStars – Concert by budding young musicians @ Baptist Church
Jun 22 @ 16:00 – 18:00


Concert by young musicians from grades 1 to 5

YoungStars at the Baptist Church! 2018 was the inauguration of this event, when a wonderful audience turned out to hear about an hour’s worth of music performed by youngsters who have passed their beginning stages, and have embarked on the early grades of their musical careers.

Please come out to give our 2019 youngsters a well earned enthusiastic response!



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Kannannaq – a fabulous Norfolk based Wind Quintet @ Wymondham Abbey
Jun 22 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Kannannaq – a fabulous Norfolk based Wind Quintet

The members of Kannannaq, a newly formed Norfolk based Wind Quintet, are well known to Norfolk music audiences and beyond.

Anna Hopkins wows with her brilliant fluency on the flute whether with piano, in trios, quartets, quintets and in the Norwich Phil. Is there anything involving flute she hasn’t performed?

Neil Johnson has played oboe in all the main Norfolk orchestras and, as a trained medic, will revive you when you swoon.

Susie Thomson‘s dulcet clarinet playing belies many years teaching the instrument and working in music therapy.

Derek Oldfield, as ex-Liverpool Phil player and RSC music director, brings experience and finesse with his horn playing.

John Mason, free-thinking bassoonist, for many years ran the concert series in Trunch and looks forward to presenting a fabulous programme to the Wymondham audience in our wonderful Abbey.


Detailed programme and background:

During the late eighteenth century orchestras, which had been built around standardized combinations of stringed instruments, began also to include a standard set of wind instruments: pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns, and sometimes other instruments, such as trumpets. Most of these instruments were also considered to be ‘outdoors’ instruments and, at a time when no public address systems for performance or for advertising were possible, these instruments played a significant role in the promoting of larger, more expensive musical productions. For example, most of Mozart’s operas exist in contemporary arrangements for wind octet, so that people on the street could hear what they might be in for if they attended the opera. Symbiotically, a successful opera might also have provided wind players with opportunities for performing ‘favourites’ from these operas. Mozart and Haydn, among others, wrote much fine original music, too, for wind sextet and/or octet, a genre known as ‘Harmoniemusik’.

During the same period string players were being asked to play quartets for more intimate, indoor gatherings. It was not until early in the nineteenth century, from the Biedermeier period on, that wind players, too, were brought in from the cold outdoors and invited to perform chamber music.  The string quartet cannot not be emulated by four wind players, as these need more gaps in their playing to be able to physically sustain a musical work of, say, 20-minute duration. It fell to Beethoven’s almost exact contemporary Antonín Reicha, to find the solution to this problem: namely using five wind instruments – one each of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. The music largely uses 3- or 4-part harmony, but gains, from the stamina perspective, by giving periods of rest in turn to the wind players and, from the musical perspective, by having the interweaving colours of five heterogenous instruments (as opposed to the four homogenous instruments of the string quartet). Reicha wrote 24 quintets and the younger Franz Danzi followed suit.

Whereas the modern string quartet concert reflects a repertoire based on original compositions for the genre, the modern wind quintet concert reflects the greater diversity of origin, usually with a mix of original quintets and arrangements, the latter often having a slant towards more popular, vernacular styles. This blend is reflected in tonight’s programme. We have arrangements of the Magic Flute Overture (albeit from 1984), a Poulenc piano solo and Beethoven’s Trio for Two Oboes and English Horn. We have added our own arrangements of music by Dowland and Berkeley (pieces which have distinct Norfolk connections). We have original wind quintets works by Danzi and the Magyar-American Denes Agay. Finally, we have two works utilising folk song, by Gilbert Vinter and South Norfolk’s own Sir Malcom Arnold, which show strongly the cross-fertilisation of original composition and arrangement and which make the wind quintet repertoire such a vibrant part of playing a wind instrument.

Kannannaq  (abbey concert 22nd June 7.30)

Franz Danzi (17 63 – 1828):  Wind Quintet in G minor  ( Allegretto – Andante – Menuett & Trio – Allegro)

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963) arr. G Emerson:  Novelette no 1 in C

John Dowland (1563 – 1626) / Giles Farnaby (1563 – 1640 ) arr. J Mason: Lachrymae

Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921 – 2006):Three Shanties (Allegro con brio – Allegretto semplice – Allegro vivace)


Wolfgang Amade Mozart (1756-91) arr. D. Carp: Overture to ‘Die Zauberflöte’ KV 620

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) arr. N Johnson: ‘Allegro’ from Trio in C Op 87

Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903 – 89) arr J. Mason: Short Piece Op 4 no 3 (Moderato)

Denes Agay (1911 – 2007): Five Easy Dances (Polka –  Tango – Bolero – Waltz – Rumba)

Gilbert Vinter (1909 – 69): Two miniatures (‘from Norfolk’;  ‘from Devon’





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Teddy Bears’ Picnic – 2 hours of musical fun for the under 5s @ Kings Head Meadow
Jun 23 @ 11:00 – 13:00

Two hours of musical fun for the under-fives with professional musicians and entertainers

Mary Lovett


Mr Wang’s Cat
American folk songs
vocals/acoustic guitar double-bass – Calum McKemmie

This is a great opportunity for those with young children to relax with friends and other families. Bring a picnic and rugs to sit on. Hopefully, umbrellas will only be required as sunshades!

The clubhouse bar and facilities will be available from 11am

Event supported by:

Wymondham Town Football Club

Wymondham Town Council


*EVENT CANCELLED* – Cavick String Quartet Recital @ Baptist Church
Jun 23 @ 16:00 – 17:30


The Cavick String Quartet  was formed in 2009 by leading string players in Norfolk with a shared passion for chamber music and the realisation that performance was an essential part of their enjoyment. They now perform regularly in Norfolk.

Led by violinist Ben Lowe with Anne Vallins, Ben Payne and Chris Lawrence, they will play a superb programme of music.


Winner of Norfolk Young Musician Competition – Leila Hooton – flute @ Wymondham Abbey
Jun 24 @ 13:00 – 13:50

Leila Hooton – flute

We’re delighted that Leila Hooton, winner of the Norfolk Young Musician Competition will be playing for us at Wymondham Abbey.

Leila is currently in her second year, studying BMus Flute performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC). She currently studies with Marie-Christine Zupancic, Judith Hall and Andrew Lane.

Leila is originally from Norwich and before joining Conservatoire, learnt with Anna Noakes. She was a member of Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Britten Sinfonia Academy. In 2017, she came first place in the Woodbridge Young Musician Competition.

Now at the Conservatoire, Leila has had the opportunity to play in the RBC Symphony, Repertoire and Chamber Orchestras and is also a current member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra and Academy. She also enjoys playing in Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble and the Hooton Wind Quintet. Leila has been lucky enough to play in various masterclasses for teachers such as Lady Jeanne Galway, Emily Beynon and Eric Lamb. Earlier this year in January, Leila won Norfolk Young Musician of the year. Later this year in September, Leila will begin her third year by studying abroad on an Erasmus placement in either The Hague or Cologne. In her spare time, she enjoys singing in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber choir.

Accompanist:  Julian Trevelyan – piano

As a teenager, Julian won laureates and prizes at international piano competitions in England, France, Germany, and Belgium.  He now has a busy European concert schedule.  Recent recitals have included performances of Beethoven’s Diabelli variations in London and Munich; and works by Schumann and Mozart in a Masterclass at the Musikverein in Vienna.

Julian was a chorister in St Albans Cathedral, and is an alumni of Aldeburgh Young Musicians, and Pro Corda.  He composes, plays the violin and enjoys chamber music, and is currently studying piano in Paris and music at Oxford. 


Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasie No.2 A Minor
Charles M. Widor – Suite for flute and piano Op.34
Paul Hindemith – Achtstucke
Dave Heath – Out of the cool
Bohuslav Martinu – Sonata for Flute and Piano

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*EVENT CANCELLED* – Tea Dance with Musicmakers @ Central Hall
Jun 24 @ 14:30 – 16:30

Tea Dance with Musicmakers





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Jazz Picnic with Simon Nelson’s DixieMix @ Becketswell Meadow,
Jun 24 @ 18:00 – 21:00



wymondham music festival_jazz picnic_dixiemixSimon Nelson’s DixieMix, who famously toured with Rod Stewart, will once again be entertaining the crowds at our annual summer evening picnic, now in its 24th year. Bring picnics, chairs and rugs. Ice cream and real coffee will

be on sale.

Please use the FREE shuttle bus service from Central Hall car park from 17.45 to 21.15. The only parking available at the venue will be for disabled drivers.

Entry is free, although there will be collecting buckets at exits for donations to help defray some of the costs of this event.


Fosters Solicitors LLP

Tan Cars

Toilets + Ltd

Wymondham Lions Club

Wymondham Town Council


Wymondham Ukulele Group @ Methodist Church
Jun 25 @ 13:00 – 14:00

wymondham ukelele groupLunchtime performance by Wymondham Ukulele Group  at Wymondham Methodist Church

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Mikhail Kazakevich – Russian Pianist of exceptional lyrical quality @ Wymondham Abbey
Jun 26 @ 13:00 – 13:50

Mikhail Kazakevich – Russian Pianist of exceptional lyrical quality

We are delighted to welcome Mikhail Kazakevich at Wymondham Abbey in this lunchtime concert.

“One of Russia’s best-kept secrets’ is how they like to promote him and for once it’s true. Of the floods of musicians from the CIS now filling the concert halls and recording studios of the West, Mikhail Kazakevich is one of the most worthy of listening time.” – The Times (UK)

“I was working in Marylebone Lane at Bosendorfer Pianos at the time. We were privileged to hear many wonderful pianists, established and up and coming. I never forgot Mikhaïl Kazakevich who wowed us with his extraordinary sensitive, and beautiful playing. We are so lucky he has agreed to come play for us!”

Mikhail Kazakevich is currently a Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He frequently gives Master Classes and adjudicates at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Atlantic College of Wales.

He came to London in 1992,  and made his debut at Wigmore Hall. He was then signed exclusively by the BMG/Conifer recording label, and has made numerous recordings. He has played solo and with orchestras at prestigious venues and festivals in Austria, Germany, France, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, South Korea and the Middle East. 


Schubert. Impromptu in A flat major Op.142
Schubert-Liszt       Sei Mir Gegrusst
                                            Gretchen Am Spinnrade

Schumann Novelette Op.21 No.1
Schumann-Liszt Widmung
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Chopin Nocturne in B major Op.62
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Chopin-Liszt Spring
Wagner-Liszt Isolde Liebestod
Mahler-Kazakevich Second movement from Symphony No.1

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Pre-concert Talk by Luca Luciano -stunning virtuoso clarinettist & composer @ Wymondham Abbey, Church Street
Jun 26 @ 18:30
Luca Luciano – very welcome return of stunning virtuoso clarinettist & composer with pianist Yuki Osedo @ Wymondham Abbey, Church Street
Jun 26 @ 19:30 – 21:30

Luca Luciano virtuoso clarinettist & composer with pianist Yuki Osedo

“Such a virtuoso musical performance and such joyful uplifting music I just couldn’t resist it.” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio, 2009

Internationally recognized for his groundbreaking contributions to contemporary clarinet music, praised by Musical Opinion (UK’s oldest classical music magazine) for his “constantly beautiful tone”, he started his career at a very young age and has since “established himself as the friendly face of contemporary clarinet”, according to the Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine.

His work has been described as “romantic, soulful and technically superb” and, with a repertoire that embraces more than two centuries of Western music, Luca is considered one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. Luciano has presented new works (either his compositions or music especially written/arranged for him) and rarely played music at some of the most established venues of the UK, Europe and America. He is mainly active as a solo artist presenting original projects via concerts/recitals and his experience includes TV and radio performances, master-classes and lecture-recitals, five solo albums, orchestra and chamber music.

Luca Luciano, together with internationally known pianist Yuki Osedo, will play two of the most beloved classics for clarinet and piano, the Brahms Sonata in F minor, and the Fantasy pieces op 73 by Schumann in the first half of their concert Wednesday, the 26th of June, 7:30 at Wymondham Abbey. In the second half, Luca will explore a more contemporary sound on his instrument, in music by Debussy, Luciano Berio, and Luciano himself.

Comments such as “a virtuoso performance, and such joyful uplifting music I just couldn’t resist it” from BBC presenter Tom Robinson, from Gianluigi Trovesi, in International Clarinettist Feb 2018 “a marvellous CD, Bravissimo Luca!” and from Richard Elliot “wonderful tone throughout…a true virtuoso” follow Luca around the world.

Don’t forget to come to the pre-concert talk at 6.30pm, when Luca will take us through his compositional process, and allow us to enjoy his music with a degree of insight!

We are in for a treat!

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Tickets cost just £15 (free for under 18s)


  • Fantasy Pieces Op. 73, for clarinet and piano (R. Schumann):

(Zurt und mit Audsdruck)

(Lebhaft, leich)

(Rasch und mit feuer)

  • Sonata for clarinet and piano n.1 in F minor (J. Brahms):

(Allegro Appassionato)

(Andante un poco agitato)

(Allegro Grazioso)



  • Lied, for clarinet solo (L. Berio)
  • Petite Piece (C. Debussy)

Homage to Debussy:

  • Fragment #10 (L. Luciano)
  • Fragment #2 (L. Luciano)
  • Fragment #3 (L. Luciano)
  • Sonata #3, in one movement (L. Luciano)

Homage to Poulenc:

  • Homage to Poulenc, for clarinet solo (L. Luciano)
  • Homage to Poulenc #2, for clarinet and piano (L. Luciano)
  • Neapolis (L. Luciano)



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Rosamund Walton – superb local lyric soprano @ Wymondham Abbey
Jun 27 @ 13:00 – 13:50

Rosamund Walton – superb local lyric soprano

We can look forward to a voice “pure, and rich in tone..fill(ing)the church with its clarity with perfect intonation” in a concert of ravishing love song, English idyll and a song cycle about a hermit ranging from the pious to the humourous.

Rosamund Walton, soprano, trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she won the Norma Grieg French Song prize and a Barcaple Foundation Trust award. Her extensive concert platform experience has seen her perform as a soloist in some of the UK’s most prestigious venues working with orchestras such as The English Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.  Her numerous operatic roles have spanned Purcell to Britten.  She is currently Head of Vocal Studies at Norwich School.

Mary Howard studied at the University of Victoria in Canada, the Royal Academy of Music in London, with Dario de Rosa in Italy and with Bruce Vogt.  Mary has a passion for chamber music, and has played with the Hoffmeister Ensemble, cellist Ursula Pank, the Dexterity Trio, Norfolk Winds, the Degani trio, and baritone Bob Arnett.  She teaches piano in Wymondham and in Norwich.



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Young Musicians’ Concert @ Wymondham Abbey
Jun 27 @ 19:00 – 21:00

Our annual evening of music provided by local young musicians

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Coffee time music with The Squeegees @ Baptist Church
Jun 28 @ 10:00 – 12:00

The Squeegees return by popular demand for their seventh appearance at the Festival. John and Dave are both skilled musicians and great fun. Enjoy sing-a-longs and memorable songs from the fifties, sixties and more.

This is a drop in event. Arrive any time during the session; treat yourself to a hot drink and homemade cake, enjoy the music and have a little dance.

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Debut Concert – for little’uns @ Kett's Books
Jun 28 @ 17:30 – 18:30

An evening of music from youngsters at the start of their musical careers.
With the support of the town’s dedicated private music tutors, we are able to showcase budding music talent.

Supported by Kett’s Books

*EVENT CANCELLED* – Festival Rock n’ Roll Dance with Kenny Lee & Hustler @ Central Hall
Jun 28 @ 19:30

Kenny Lee & Hustler

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Music Lecture – very welcome return of Matthew Wadsworth Master of the Lute @ Baptist Church
Jun 30 @ 14:30 – 15:30

Highly acclaimed, world renowned and recorded Lutenist, Matt Wadsworth

Matthew Wadsworth drew us into his intimate world of music written for the lute and theorbo last year when he played for us in the Abbey. But he also spoke so well about his music, we thought how wonderful if we could entice him to do our lecture recital – and he said Yes! Master of the Lute, the Miller’s Tale was written specifically for Matt by Stephen Goss, as well as a concerto for theorbo. The title of his lecture will therefore be The Theorbo, a giant Lute with a big past, present and future.

“You get the feeling that he’s playing for himself and for you, but not for a big public. Gestures are subtle, with an expressive range which flatters sophisticated ears… perhaps because he always plays from the heart, there’s an inner power and sincerity to his performances which make for compelling listening.”
–Simon Heighes, International Record Review

Matthew Wadsworth started his professional career as a lutenist in 2000. Working in the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings. Matthew studied lute at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Nigel North, after which he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

Matthew has recorded for Avie, Deux-Elles, Linn, EMI, Channel Classics and Wigmore Live. His CD recordings have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editor’s Choice on several occasions. His latest CD, Late Night Lute, was editors choice in the August 2017 edition of Gramophone magazine, and received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine. You can buy a copy here tonight!

In 2011, Matthew trained in California to do a long distance motorbike jump, achieving a distance of more than 70 ft. A documentary of the project can be found on YouTube. The Wadsworths moved to Norwich in 2015, and are very proud to be a part of such a great city.

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The Madeline Storey Trust and Rotary Club of Wymondham

*EVENT CANCELLED* – Summer Pizzazz with: ALATI & David Ross @ Spooner Row Church
Jun 30 @ 18:00 – 21:00


This year’s Summer Pizzazz presents a trio from London and Norwich, and a solo electronics support set by Norfolk-based improviser David Ross.
ALATI is a flexible ensemble led by trumpeter Chris Dowding, with different combinations used for different projects. This concert will feature a trio version of the band with Brigitte Beraha (vocals), Chris (trumpet & flugelhorn) and Dave O’ Brien (piano). They will perform songs from poems by Alice Oswald and Colin Simms.
This will include two sets of songs from various collections by Alice Oswald, with a theme of the sea, water and birds, that runs through the two sets of songs. They will also perform three songs from poems about the hen harrier bird by Colin Simms. The songs feature Dave O’ Brien’s fluid piano playing and Brigitte Beraha’s beautiful vocals.
There will be a short support set by David Ross playing improvised electronics. David recently released his debut solo album on the Manchester-based Cusp Editions label , and has performed with this setup at More Music in Morecambe, as well as collaborating with woodwind improviser Clive Bell.
Spooner Row Church, 6pm, 30th June, £6

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