Christmas Events 2012

Gt. Yarmouth Mercury, Friday December 28th 2012
North Norfolk News, Thursday January 3rd, 2013

After a busy month of playing carols [mumping] at concerts, fairs and community events around the county, members of the Stalham Brass Band, rounded off their Christmas tour by accompanying the carol singing at Stalham Hall, where the band has played since its formation nearly 150 years ago.

Gt. Yarmouth Mercury, Friday December 21st 2012.
Caister Lifeboat Community Carol Service

The festive season was ushered in with a rousing chorus of traditional songs when Caister Lifeboat held its second succesful community service.
Hundreds of people poured into the Skipper Woodhouse lifeboat shed on Sunday to hear songs and music from Caister junior and infant school, the Prelude singers and Stalham Brass Band. 


Mumping day tradition kept by brass band

North Norfolk News, Thursday, December 13th, 2012
British Bandsman, Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Gt. Yarmouth Mercury, Friday, December 21st 2012
Town & Country News, January 2013

“They are a brilliant band with many enthusiastic young musicians. 
It was great to see them providing a bit of festive cheer for shoppers in Stalham.”

Norman Lamb MP.
"We are pleased to fully support the Stalham Brass Band and welcome the positive impact it has on the community."
Tesco UK.

YOUNG MUMPERS: MP Norman Lamb visiting Stalham Brass Band 'mumping' outside Tesco this year meets some of its new young members.

Carol playing by the local brass band is an characteristic part of a quintessentially British Christmas. ‘Mumping’ - as it is known in many areas - has been part of Christmas for the Stalham Brass Band in Norfolk for around 140 years and although the tradition may have stayed the same, the landscape has not necessarily.
The band’s practice room for over 20 years after the second world war was the auction hall on the sale ground at Stalham and at Christmas time the Tuesday Sale was the venue for carol playing.
The auction hall and the Tuesday Sale have long gone, and the site is now occupied by the Stalham branch of Tesco.
Seamlessly though, the band continue to play carols in the same location.
“When Tesco first opened here, they asked the Stalham Brass Band to play carols at the store throughout December every year.” said Dr. Tim Thirst, the band’s Director of Music, “and this year marks our tenth year at the store.”
A spokesman for Tesco said of the band: ” We are pleased to fully support the Stalham Brass Band and welcome the positive impact it has on the community.”
Last Saturday (8th) the MP for North Norfolk - Norman Lamb - dropped in for a photo with the band and to congratulate it on its community spirit and progress made so far on their new training scheme. The band has recently had its first intake of new young players who have risen from over 100 children given the opportunity by the band this year to train as brass players. The scheme which was developed by Tim Thirst and backed by Arts Council England and Brass Bands England has been very successful in its first year. As part of the project, school children from the age of seven in all the Stalham area schools are given free tuition, including master-classes, free instrument hire and free visits to concerts.

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