In 2012 the chancel roof at St Mary’s Whinburgh, a small village on the outskirts of Dereham, was in need of urgent repairs and funds were required to supplement an English Heritage grant. And so the Whinburgh Music Festival was born to help find the money for the repairs.
From its early days it has grown, its reputation flourished and is now firmly established in the local music event calendar, bringing vibrant and top quality performances to the Norfolk countryside. Funds are still raised for the church and a willing band of volunteers help make this event the success it is.
This year – 16-18 June – sees the festival turn its attention to the joys of the flute, jazz and classical music.
St Mary’s will resound to the delicate sound of the flute as The Mirlitons play a wide selection of pieces. The performance will be followed by wine and canapés. More details
On Saturday Whinburgh will play host to the Imperial Vienna Orchestra led by Dario Salvi who will conduct Summertime in Vienna a programme of both new and well-loved pieces from composers including from Strauss and Verdi. More details
Variety continues with the Sunday programme on Sunday 18 June, which features some great jazz classics from the ever-popular Palomar Jazz band, a 1930s, Benny Goodman style chamber jazz swing ensemble. For the chance to return to the ‘Swing’ era click here for more details