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 70th Year and is still providing opportunities for the pupils of Gt Yarmouth to experience playing, singing and performing live music together.

Our biggest event of the year is our Festival of Carols which, currently, takes place at the Hippodrome in Gt Yarmouth. This event spans 2 evening performances and involves over 300 voices from Primary and Secondary Schools as well as Academies and Colleges. The Gt 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 Gt 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 Gt Yarmouth.

The GYSMA has worked with Salvation Army and performed Harvest Concerts at the Citadel in Gt Yarmouth and some of our schools have sung in the Gt 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
JUNIOR CHOIR
Pavilion
Fri 9th Nov 9:45- 11:45
(morning)
Kings Centre Thu 29th Nov 9:30- 16:00
(full day)
Dress Rehearsal at
Gt Yarmouth Minster
Tue 4th Dec 9:45-12:15
Performances
Tue 4th Dec 7:00pm
Wed 5th Dec 7:00pm
SENIOR CHOIR
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
Performances
Tue 4th Dec 7:00pm
Wed 5th Dec 7:00pm