Christmas 2009

A Thousand Year Old Heritage

Christmas can be one of the busiest times of year for a brass band, and Stalham Brass Band is no exception.
Throughout December teams from the band will be playing outside supermarkets, entertaining during Street Fayres and just plain carolling during the evening - or 'mumping' as it is traditionally known in this area of England.
The exact origin of 'mumping' is lost in the mists of time - Stalham is the oldest continuous brass band in East Anglia - but it is thought to derive from the custom of 'mummery', where villagers visited the manor houses during winter, acting plays, singing or performing music, in return for reward.
So it's not just plain old carol playing. They're continuing a part of our heritage stretching back well from before the middle ages.



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