Make Music Day is a free celebration of music, taking place on 21 June. It takes place across the UK and in 120 countries worldwide.

In 2017, Norfolk saw the second most music-making events in the UK on Make Music Day, and this year Norfolk Music Hub has been helping to support Make Music Day UK even more to enable mass engagement in this international celebration of music.

You can see all of the events listed nationally on the Make Music Day online map. Here is a selection of events taking place throughout Norfolk on Thursday 21 June:


Creative Arts East

From 2 – 4PM, rural arts charity Creative Arts East are running a participatory music-making and song-writing workshop at the Christian Community Centre in Watton. Participants will work with local musician Tessa Wingate to make music together and learn song-writing techniques that focus on a variety of themes, such as reflection, family and the seasons. The workshop will be fun, relaxed, and engaging, and is designed to be inclusive to all older people, including those with dementia and other long-term health conditions. Absolutely no prior experience is necessary – just come along to meet new people, feel good, and get creative!


Dereham Library

RockavoX, a local community rock choir will be celebrating Make Music Day at Dereham Library with a performance from 6 – 6.30PM. Come along to this free event and enjoy – and sing along if you fancy!


Great Yarmouth

Connect: Resound LIVE! Invites you to join musicians young and young at heart as they perform live and online from Great Yarmouth, in partnership with Norfolk Music Hub and Great Yarmouth Library.  Throughout the afternoon of Make Music Day, we will be broadcasting some fantastic performances from young people and local music groups from venues across Great Yarmouth. If you can’t make a Make Music Day performance in person, we can bring the music to you! Simply logon to www.connectresound.live from 1.20 pm to join in the musical fun!

If you want to see the performances in person, come along to hear a wide variety of live music at Great Yarmouth Library, Gorleston Library, and St George’s Theatre cafe throughout the day.


Musical Keys

Musical Keys will launch a recording of Terry Riley’s minimal masterpiece ‘In C’. Over the course of three months and many projects, Musical Keys Programme Manager recorded music made by dozens of disabled service users within a very simple set of guidelines; that the music was made at 90 BPM (or thereabouts) and in the key of C. Over two hours of audio was collected, which have been edited into a 12 minute piece. It will be made available to stream and download on the 21st June via the Musical Keys Bandcamp page. Read more >>


Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital

Music performances will take place in the West Atrium throughout the day to entertain patients, staff and visitors.


Norwich Arts Centre

Catton Grove Music – All day performances from the Music Team at Catton Grove Primary.

10-11AM – Music from choirs, individual artists and School groups.
11-12noon – Sistema Orchestra.
12noon – Matinee of the Silent Movies (with live music from the pulpit). Led by Finn Anderson, Steve Copley and YNAF.
1PM – Futuristic circus. A breathtaking performance of dance, music and circus.
1.30PM – The second showing of the Silent Movies.
2.30PM – Live DJs from Catton Grove.
3PM Spoken word poetry accompanied by Composers music.


Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library

From 11AM-5PM, the ground floor of the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library will be filled with free live music. Come in, sit down, and enjoy!

11AM – The Norfolk Pianist, Martin Kendall
12noon – Xenia Horne & Caroline Bishop, Harp & Violin
1PM – Carrie O’Donnell, Piano
2-3.30PM – Norwich School, Making Musicians (String Quartet and Soloists)
4PM – Katie Schutte, Violin

Piano kindly provided by Cookes Pianos.


Norwich Playhouse

Norwich Playhouse is hosting a Scratch Orchestra Drop-In. Step in and play, step out and listen.

Up to 15 people at a time can pluck, push buttons, and play percussion. Join in this relaxed afternoon of hands-on music making from 12-4PM and try out an instrument you’ve never played before. There’s no age limit and you can drop by for 10 minutes or stay all afternoon. The Scratch Orchestra co-ordinators Jason and Jason are both professional music makers and make musical instruments from found/broken/borrowed/repurposed objects as well as recognisable musical instruments we all love.

Plenty more throughout the evening – check out the event on Facebook.


Thetford Music Project

As part of Make Music Day, Thetford Music Project are inviting everyone in the Thetford area to join in and have a go at some live music.

Come and join in at Thetford Academy from 4:00pm with Thetford Music Project staff and children performing outside the main entrance.

Have a go on a musical instrument – a trombone, violin, guitar or maybe join in with some singing – Come and see what Thetford Music Project can offer you!

Make Music Day 2018