Festival For a Fine City

To mark the celebration of Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s 250th year, researcher Rob Mitchell uncovers the Festival’s rich history in his new book Festival for a Fine City.

Beginning with its origins in 1772 as a cathedral service to fundraise for the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, before quickly blossoming into an internationally renowned triennial music festival, Mitchell traces the story of Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s development towards the exciting mixed music and arts celebration that it is today.

Exploring the city’s links with world class virtuoso musicians and titans of the English music scene like Elgar, Britten and Vaughan Williams, Mitchell takes us on a whirlwind journey through 250 years that have shaped the city and the Festival, uncovering the tales of the pieces, people and places behind its evolution.

A perfect treat for those that want to delve deep into the history of our Fine City, have a love for music and the arts, or want to learn more about one of the UK’s biggest music and arts festivals.


Rob Mitchell is an independent local historian and researcher specialising in music and the arts. Rob lives and works in Norwich and has nearly twenty years of experience working in libraries and local archives. He has a passion for all music, but especially classical and jazz, and can occasionally be found playing piano for a swing trio in local pubs! He is a strong advocate of making music accessible to everyone. Festival for a Fine City is his first book.

Festival For A Fine City by Rob Mitchell

Postage is within the UK only. Books are posted once a week, generally on Wednesdays.

Collection, books can be collected from the Norfolk & Norwich Festival Office on Wednesdays between 10am – 4pm.
Our Office is located at Norwich Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JS, please use the entrance at the top of the hill on the market side where you will be able to press a doorbell to alert us to your arrival.

£19.95 each
Delivery: £3

Festival Futures – Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May festival and our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

This year we launch a giving campaign, Festival Futures, to help ensure we continue this work for future generations.

2022’s campaign focuses on ‘Tomorrow’s World’ – the participants, audiences and artists of the future. We aim to raise £20,000 towards our Take Part: Schools programme and towards a range of programming at 2022’s Festival that provides participation and showcase opportunities for young people and early-career artists.  We believe that participation in the arts can increase confidence, creativity and academic results and that by creating performance and commissioning opportunities for the next generation of artists, we are ensuring the future of Norfolk & Norwich Festival. We need your support.

Make a Festival Futures donation to Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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