The aim of the Great Yarmouth Schools’ Music Association (GYSMA), a registered charity, 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, at least, its 72nd year and is still committed to providing opportunities for the pupils of Great Yarmouth to experience playing, singing and performing live music together.

Our biggest event of each year is our Festival of Carols which takes place at the Minster in Great Yarmouth. The event spans 2 evening performances and usually involves over 300 voices from Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Academies and Colleges. The Great Yarmouth Junior Brass Band traditionally plays as well as other invited pupil musicians.  Unfortunately, this has had to be cancelled for the last couple of years, but hopefully 2022 will be the year of the long awaited 70th Festival of Carols.

GYSMA has several events planned for 2022 and hope to return enthusiastically to inspiring live musical performances by children in the Great Yarmouth area.

In the summer, we hold our Infant / Ks1 ‘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 now held at a variety of locations. See Events page for dates and information.

Our GYSMA Ks1 Singing Days 2022 were led brilliantly by composer Lin Marsh ( at the Drill Hall, Great Yarmouth.
A fantastic time with nearly 250 children from 5 schools over 2 days.
The children learnt and performed up to 5 songs and 2 soundscapes – with actions – a super achievement and great fun!

There will also be a ‘Summer Celebration’ (usually ‘Spring Celebration), which gives opportunity for soloists and small groups to perform, both vocal and instrumental.

GYSMO (Great Yarmouth Schools Music Orchestra)(currently combined with Lynn Grove orchestra), GYSMOKeys (Keyboard Orchestra) and Class in Action are all provided by GYSMA – please see individual headings within website for more details.

In the past, as part of its varied role, GYSMA has worked with the 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.

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The GYSMA current officers are:

CHAIR: Valerie Miller
VICE-CHAIR: Carol Clayton
SECRETARY: Rachel Salton
TREASURER: Andrea Carter