The aim of the Great Yarmouth Schools’ Music Association (GYSMA) is to enable all local schools to join together, and for pupils to share in the enjoyment and experience of live music-making.

The GYSMA is in its 71st year and is still providing opportunities for the pupils of Great Yarmouth to experience playing, singing and performing live music together.

Due to Covid, this year’s (2020) GYSMA public events have been cancelled, but we hope to resume these as soon as the situation allows.

Our biggest event of each year is our Festival of Carols which, currently, takes place at the Hippodrome in Great Yarmouth. This event spans 2 evening performances and involves over 300 voices from Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Academies and Colleges. The Great Yarmouth Junior Brass Band plays as well as other invited pupil musicians.

At Christmas the Infant schools perform their own ‘Sounds4Christmas’ Concert which takes place at the Minster in Great Yamouth.

In the summer, we hold our Infant ‘Sounds4Summer’ concert as well as our ‘Summer Serenade’ concert which features pupils from Key Stage 2 and upwards. All of our concerts are enjoyed by full audiences and are all held at the Minster in Great Yarmouth.

Opportunities for music days, provided by a visiting musician, have been provided for schools to attend.  Unfortunately this year’s one had to be cancelled.

GYSMO, GYSMOKeys and Class in Action are all provided by GYSMA – please see headings.

The GYSMA has worked with Salvation Army and performed Harvest Concerts at the Citadel in Great Yarmouth and some of our schools have sung in the Great Yarmouth Market Place at Christmas and in association with the Salvation Army’s ‘Toys & Tins’ Appeal.

The GYSMA current officers are:

CHAIR: Valerie Miller
VICE-CHAIR: Carol Clayton
SECRETARY: Rachel Salton
TREASURER: Andrea Carter
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Rehearsal Dates – 68th Festival of Carols 2018

All Staff of Junior & Senior Choir Schools taking part
Lynn Grove Academy Thursday 13th Sep (after AGM) – sing through of carols with conductors. 4:15pm
Fri 9th Nov 9:45- 11:45
Kings Centre Thu 29th Nov 9:30- 16:00
(full day)
Dress Rehearsal at
Gt Yarmouth Minster
Tue 4th Dec 9:45-12:15
Tue 4th Dec 7:00pm
Wed 5th Dec 7:00pm
Christchurch, Gt. Yarmouth
Thu 8th Nov 13:30-16:00
(half day)
Fri 30th Nov 9:00-16:00
(full day)
Dress Rehearsal
at Gt Yarmouth Minster
Tue 4th Dec 11:15-14:00
Tue 4th Dec 7:00pm
Wed 5th Dec 7:00pm