Local musicians in east Suffolk inspired by an 'impromptu lunchtime session' last month are now launching a community folk orchestra.

The group was set up after the Mardles Community Folk Orchestra Workshop Day held in Bungay in December.

The event was attended by local players and led by professional musicians John Dipper and Vicki Swan.

It was supported by Mardles, a non-profit-making organisation promoting folk music and dance events across East Anglia.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Local musicians at Mardles Community Folk Orchestra Workshop Day in Bungay Community Centre. Local musicians at Mardles Community Folk Orchestra Workshop Day in Bungay Community Centre. (Image: East Suffolk Community Folk Orchestra)

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The workshop was attended by over forty players, many from East Suffolk, and together everyone explored folk dance tunes from England, France, Scotland and Sweden.

Throughout the day there was an easy-going atmosphere, enhanced by an impromptu lunchtime music session, and two stalls: Rod Ward’s handmade violins, violas and cellos, and the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust (EATMT).

The trust is a registered charity based in Suffolk and aims to promote awareness of and participation in the folk music traditions of East Anglia.

The East Suffolk Community Folk Orchestra will be open to any instrument, and to both experienced and less experienced players.

Initially it will be just for adults, but once the community folk orchestra is confidently established younger players will be welcome to join.

The first two sessions take place on Saturday, January 27, and February 24 from 10am to 12pm at Bungay Community Centre.

The New Community Centre is situated on Old Grammar Lane, Bungay, between the medical centre and the fire station, adjacent to the playing field and skate park.

If you would like to join, or find out more, please contact: jopoole@protonmail.com / 07814 110784.