Play at our Open Concert, 29 February

Come and play in our Open Concert on 29 February at St John’s Church in King’s Lynn. This short, informal concert is open to anyone who would like to play their instrument or sing — solo, duet or in a small group.

The Church is the Associated Board public exam centre in King’s Lynn, so if you are taking a music exam this is a chance to try a piece or two at your exam venue beforehand. We have previously welcomed players from beginners to grade 8+, as well as hearing some of our teachers perform for us.

Admission is free, refreshments will be served from 3.15pm, and the concert will finish by about 4.30.

To reserve your place and take part, please contact us.

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra: 19 January – Into the Woods

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra will be playing music by Brahms, Hindemith and Humperdinck on Sunday 19 January, 3.30pm at St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn. Free tickets, as always, for young concertgoers!

Wednesday 15 January: Estevão Devides, Guitar

Estevão Devides will be playing guitar in his recital for King’s Lynn Music Society this Wednesday, 15 January, at 7.30pm, King’s Lynn Town Hall. Free of charge for under-18s. Full programme available here.

Wanted: drum teacher

Drumsticks. CC BY 2.0 Rob Ellis.

West Norfolk Music Centre is looking to appoint a teacher of drums, starting late February 2020. Initially, it is expected that this would involve 2 hours’ teaching on Saturday mornings. We operate 30 weeks per year during term time.

This opportunity is open to any teacher of drum kit with suitable skills and experience; formal music and/or teaching qualifications would be an advantage, and our students may wish to prepare for Rockschool or Trinity drum kit exams.

To find out more and to apply, please contact us.

NSO: Mystery and Magic concert, 17 November

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 season with magic and mystery, from Mendelssohn’s music for a Midsummer Night’s Dream to a selection of themes from the Harry Potter films. Also featuring The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Night on Bare Mountain and Danse Macabre.

Free tickets for under-18s when accompanied by an adult, so bring along the wands from last term’s conducting workshop! With a family-friendly 3.30pm start, and even the chance to see some live magic in the foyer before the concert and during the interval, what better opportunity that this to experience the forces of a full orchestra? Tickets available from Alive Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn.

Heritage Open Day: 15 September

We are inviting all our members to play (or sing) for a little while at King’s Lynn Town Hall for Heritage Open Day, Sunday 15 September 2019.

Whether it’s just a minute of music or half an hour, let us know what you’d like to do. There are time slots available throughout the day, and if you want to explore everything else on offer in town you will have plenty of time for this too.

This is not a formal concert, so players and listeners alike can come and go freely. Whatever you’ve been learning this term, or even before, keep it up over the summer and take up this great opportunity! Just contact us by email and we’ll agree everything else afterwards.

heritage open day wnmc

Musicians: protect your hearing

As musicians, we generally rely on our hearing — to monitor what we’re playing, to keep in tune and to keep in time with others. Not to mention, of course, the pleasure from listening to others.

But can we rely on always being able to hear as well as we can now? As we age, our hearing does become less keen, and this is part of a natural process. But we can also damage our hearing, through exposure to noise, and this damage may be irreversible.

While as musicians we might not think of our own efforts as ‘noise’ (or maybe we would!) but exposure to high levels of sound and/or exposure for long periods can cause permanent damage. There have been a number of high-profile cases where professional musicians have suffered severe hearing loss — not just amongst those playing amplified music but also amongst orchestral musicians.

West Norfolk Music Centre can now offer its members the opportunity to purchase earplugs which are specially designed for musicians. Unlike general-purpose earplugs, they reduce the volume of the music while keeping the sound as natural as possible.

We would encourage all members to consider whether they would benefit from hearing protection. In particular, those who play drums and percussion, and those who are exposed to louder instruments (do you sit in front of the trombones in the orchestra or band?) are encouraged to try ear plugs. Or, if you attend loud amplified concerts or gigs, try them — if you’ve ever had the ‘ringing in the ears’ sensation after a gig, it’s a sign of hearing damage.

Ask at our desk, and we can explain what is available — for less than the cost of a single music lesson.