The launch of Norfolk and Norwich Festival a couple of weeks ago let us know that summer is so very, very nearly here! And summer means BBQs, feet on the grass, the relentless struggle to keep your condiments and beers at a chilled temperature, and - of course - music. So as well as N&NF events, here's a quick walk through the some of the music events coming up in the city. Time to get out your diary…
(Title Image: Nearly Festival, Nearly Ed Sheeran - The Ed Sheeran Experience)
Norfolk and Norwich Festival
Of course, how can we not include all the fantastic music events going on in the last week of Norfolk & Norwich Festival? Combining music AND theatre, some of the most amazing and upcoming contemporary music acts from around the world gather here in Norwich for arguably one of the oldest international arts festivals in the country. If you fancy catching one of the music acts BEFORE the festival finishes, we recommend Les Amazones D’Afrique and Binker and Moses. There is also a large programme of classical music (see below).
After performing in front of thousands here last year, pop superstars Little Mix are back at Earlham Park in July to bring the sound of summer to Norwich. As part of a run of UK summer shows throughout July 2018 for the group's 'The Summer Hits Tour 2018', the Earlham Park show will see Little Mix perform their greatest hits, including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex’, ‘Black Magic’ and 'Wings. Guaranteed to be nothing short of a big, glittery party in one of Norwich’s most beautiful parks, this is the summer event that pop fans can’t miss!
The clue is in the name… coming to Chapelfield Gardens on the 16th and 17th of June is ‘Nearly Festival’; a festival that’s nearly a festival.
Not quite a full blown festival, ‘Nearly Festival’ is perfect if you want to take your kids with you to a festival, don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds on a ticket and like the idea of walking home afterwards rather than to a tent full of rain/mud/the scatterings of a packet of dried noodles you accidentally slept on the night before. With a line up of Tribute Acts, you can see Blur (Blurb), Kaiser Chiefs (Kaiser Theifs) and Oasis (Definitely Might Be) as well as Rhianna, Bruno Mars and Madness – all in one day. Also featuring a Pub in the Park and a range of street food options, this is great if you want a smaller festival atmosphere right on your doorstep.
Make Music Day
Make Music Day is an annual set of free music events taking place in venues and public spaces – from town squares to libraries, bandstands to school halls and arts centres.
It takes place on the longest day of the year – on 21 June. In Norwich, three events so far are confirmed: Catton Grove Music and Friends bringing a choir, music and poetry to Norwich Arts Centre; a drop-in, try-your-hand-at-anything scratch Orchestra at Norwich Playhouse; and at the Martineau Memorial Hall on Colegate, charity ‘Musical Keys’ will launch a recording of Terry Riley’s minimal masterpiece ‘in C’, performed by dozens of disabled service users.
Want to add your own event? Get in touch with Make Music Day here!
We can’t miss out the big news coming to the Playhouse: Henry VIIIs wives will be performing their pop-musical SIX here this summer. From Tudor queens to pop princesses, from the 11th to the 15th of July, Aragon, Boleyn, Seymour, Cleeves, Howard and Parr take to the mic to tell their tale of historical heartbreak. This is going to be massive – the musical comes to Norwich FIRST before it tours the west end so don’t miss it while it’s right here in ‘Britain’s Most Tudor Town’. Also highly recommended is a trip to the hottest nightclub in Harlem with ‘Swinging at the Cotton Club’, a performance by Absolutely Fabulous the Musical star ‘La Voix’, and a tribute to the legendary Pink Floyd with ‘The Floyd Effect’.
Classic & Lunchtime Organ Recitals
Back to now ... Norfolk & Norwich Festival has plenty of classical music events as part of its programme, which complements the already plentiful classical music offering in Norwich all year round. As part of the festival, there is still time to see cellist & BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Andrei Ionita at Norwich Playhouse, the latest instalment of the Britten Sinfonia Beethoven Cycle at the Theatre Royal. Outside of the festival, University of London Chamber Choir will be performing a programme entitled ‘My Love’ at the gorgeous 15th century St Peter Mancroft Church, the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra will be performing at OPEN in June, and the Norwich Philharmonic regularly hold performances throughout the year. Plus, occasionally you can hear free lunchtime organ recitals at Norwich cathedral – perfect for a moment of quiet contemplation, or a break away from a hectic day at work.
Music in Norwich is a roundup of music events in Norwich and Norfolk. It is a printed booklet available from venues, Tourist Information Centre and arts information racks, with two editions per year, Spring and Autumn.
You can also download a pdf copy from www.musicinnorwich.org.uk and follow the Music in Norwich blog for updates!
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