Music and the Arts centred round the medieval church of St Catherine in the beautiful Broadland village of Ludham.
|Dates||Sat 30th April to Sat 26th November 2016|
|Location||St Catherine's church,Norwich Road,Ludham|
Another exciting season full of local culture and heritage including the three day Arts and Crafts event which each year draws over 1,000 visitors enjoying a programme of entertainment alongside the stalls,exhibits and demonstrations. There will be a week-long exhibition during Open Churches Week as well as live bands and concerts.
Songs From the Shows Saturday 4 March 7.30pm
An evening of musical theatre favourites performed by some of the finest musical students in the region. “A Night at the Musicals” will be a great evening of lively music performed by these talented youngsters. Tickets,£5
Can You Dig It? Ludham Village Hall, Norwich Road Saturday 12 March 7.30pm
A highly acclaimed and entertaining play suitable for all the family, full of comedy songs about growing your own vegetables (including a powerful love song to Alan Titchmarsh) and a virtuoso performance on a cucumber trumpet, as heard on BBC Radio 4s Gardeners Question Time.This play will appeal to gardeners and non-gardeners alike and stars musical comedians (and real-life allotment holders), Jo Stephenson and Dan Woods.The audience will delve into the mysterious and competitive world of vegetable shows, hear the story of an evil pigeon called Derrick (who takes over the world) and ask: John Innes - who is he? There's even a song for people who don't like vegetables, poor things. The Daily Telegraph critic commented that it was difficult not to laugh at this highly entertaining show. Tickets, £8.
INAUGURAL CONCERT Saturday 9 April 7.30pm St Catherine's church
Following the receipt of a small legacy, St Catherine’s PCC has been able to purchase a much needed good quality piano for use in the church.
They are very fortunate that two concert pianists, Pippa Harrison and James Willshire, the Willshire Duo have agreed to come and play at the Inaugural Concert.
Formed in 2010 the dynamic Willshire Piano Duo has given performances throughout the UK. They gave their London debut recital at the Fairfield Halls in 2012. In addition to their performance work the Duo are keen educationalists, giving master-classes and promoting music in schools.
The programme for the inaugural concert will include a variety of solo and piano duet repertoire in celebration of the new piano: Schubert: Four Polonaises, Mozart: Rondo in A minor KV 511, Sadie Harrison: Four Jazz Portraits (2014), Gershwin: Three Preludes, Ginastera: Sonata No.1 Op.22, Ravel: Ma mere L'Oye, Ronald Stevenson: Two Chinese Folk Songs.
This concert will also start the 2016 Ludham Festival.
Tickets £8, will include a a pre-concert celebratory glass of wine and nibbles, at 6.45 pm.
ANNUAL ARTS & CRAFTS EVENT Saturday 30 April-Monday 2 May 10am-5pm
This event is now in its 10th year, having been running every year since 2006, and each year attracts well over 1,000 visitors over the three days, some visitors returning every year. Many local artists and craftsmen will be displaying and selling a great diversity of their work in the beautiful medieval church of St Catherine’s. Also taking part will be the Norfolk Guild of Spinners and Weavers; there will be a sheep- shearing demonstration each day as well as May Day Morris dancing displays, and choirs(Ludham School Choir; Broadbeat Singers) and music groups-music for the flute ,"Gone with the Wind" wind quintet. The Ludham Archive group will put on display and there will be preserves and many interesting plants for sale and refreshments available throughout the three days. An event not to be missed.
VOCALITY Saturday 14 May 7.30pm
Vocality was formed about 5 years ago from experienced singers, many of whom sing as soloists for other choirs. They particularly enjoy singing a wide range of music, both popular and classical, and audiences often comment on the infectious enthusiasm and high musical quality of their performances..The concert in St Catherine’s entitled “Spring is in the Air”will include both popular and classical music. The programme will include songs and music by Finzi, Bob Marley, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Byrd, Novello, Chilcott, Handel, Morley, Maxwell Davies, Sandrin and Pearsall as well as traditional songs and airs. A programme to satisfy all tastes.
DYEING IN THE CHURCHYARD Admission free
Ludham’s Countryfile- On Sunday afternoon 10 July the Norfolk Countryside Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be demonstrating their skills in the churchyard of St Catherine’s church, Norwich Road, from 2 to 5 pm. “From Fleece to Fabric” will include demonstrations of dyeing using natural dyes, many country crafts, Norfolk Wildlife Trust churchyard walks, church tours, flower arrangements, refreshments.
NORFOLK WHERRY BRASS Saturday 13 August 7.30pm
A return visit to St Catherine’s by this popular award winning brass band. The band will play a wide variety of music composed for the brass band. A concert to suit all tastes.The concert will close the 2016 Open Churches Week, when there will have been a week-long exhibition in the church. Tickets 8
OPEN CHURCHES WEEK Saturday 6 August-Sunday 14 August 10am-5pm
During Open Churches week each year the lovely medieval church of St Catherine puts on an exhibition. The content of the exhibition varies each year, it is often related to the village and its inhabitants and is always well worth visiting.
ESTHER HOPKINSON Saturday 3 September 7.30pm Tickets £8
This young award winning violinist always delights audiences with her beautiful playing when she returns to St Catherine’s. Together with her accompanist, Esther will play an interesting selection of music of different styles from across the centuries. The programme will include Brahms D minor sonata, Handel D major sonata, some Gershwin Preludes, Beethoven Romance in F, Vocalise by Rachmaninov and Melodie by Gluck, as well Bach's E major Partita for unaccompanied violin. Tickets £8 may be obtained on the door. Esther’s exceptional playing always delight audiences whenever she plays at St Catherine’s.
NORWICH HARMONY Saturday 17 September
7.30pm Tickets £8
A return visit to St. Catherine's by this popular 40 strong Ladies Barbershop Choir
All tickets on door on night, or call 01692 678060
CHRISTMAS CRAFTS SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER 10am-4pm
This annual event will be larger than ever this year with over 40 stalls selling a huge variety of arts and crafts, with new and returning stall holders.A place to buy unusual and inexpensive Christmas gifts. Refreshments available all day as well as a tombola, raffle, Christmas hamper, a well stocked preserve stall, plants and much more.