As a newcomer to the town, the vitality of Aylsham never ceases to amaze me. Stumbling on the 2012 Festival was a delight. My musical and cultural tastes were shaped in the 60’s and Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd were key influences. More recently folk artist like Martyn Carthy and June Tabor have come to the fore whilst the music of Nick Drake and John Martyn is never far away.
So the Britten Sinfonia came as a bit of a cultural wake up … … but all the more enjoyable for that. But the real appeal of the 2012 Festival was its mix of events and activities. Cycling, science, chess, local heritage and heavens knows what else all featured in 2012, and long may this eclectic mix continue.
There are plenty of music festivals catering for all tastes. But I think the idea of a festival that brings together disparate music and artistic forms, science and technoloy and local heritage is brilliant. All the more because it has something for every age group.
For me the journey from being in the audience to being involved behind the scenes has been irresistible. I know that the creative minds putting together future festivals will ensure they offer the same great experience for everyone taking part. Make sure you don’t miss out … …. and if you can spare some time why not get involved.