Huge congratulations to all the musicians who took part in this year’s Norfolk County Music Festival. It was a great success with over 4000 musicians performing in venues across Norwich over the two-week period, and a notable rise in the number of school choirs and ensembles entering the Festival.

New categories for this year included the Guitar class, featuring students of Norfolk Music Service tutors, and the Whole Class Instrumental Tuition day, which saw over 200 ukulele players taking to the stage at Norwich Central Baptist Church, as well as a ensembles of xylophones, ocarinas, and hand bells, all of whom benefit from the Whole Class Instrumental Tuition programme supplied by Norfolk Music Service.

There were many successes to note from Norfolk Music Service ensembles and students, with many taking part in several categories. Congratulations to the following ensembles on their results;

  • Norfolk Intermediate Youth Orchestra – Highly Commended Plus
  • Aylsham Community Ensemble – Outstanding
  • Dereham Training Strings – Commended Plus
  • Holt Training Strings – Highly Commended Plus
  • Norfolk County Strings – Outstanding
  • Norwich String Ensemble – Commended Plus
  • Norfolk Symphonic Windband – Outstanding
  • Norfolk Students’ Jazz Orchestra – Outstanding
  • Norfolk Students’ Cello Academy – Commended Plus
  • Norfolk Schools’ Training Wind Band – Commended Plus
  • Norfolk Schools’ Wind Band – Highly Commended

Norfolk County Music Festival has been going for over 90 years with the aim of supporting amateur musicians and singers of all ages by giving them the chance to perform in public and to receive positive advice from professional adjudicators. For more information on the Festival, visit

To reflect a final note from Alexander Baillie, who adjudicated the Strings classes this year, that music is alive and well in Norfolk!

Read the EDP article here and report from Mustard TV here.