The first Pulham Market Music Day was held on Sunday 28th June 1992. Mick Jagger and the then Arts Minister, Tim Renton, came up with the idea of a National Music Day in the hope that communities everywhere would hold some form of musical event. Dr Pat Rawlence and Ann Ford worked together to establish Pulham Market Music Day.
Using wooden trailers as a stage, and straw bales as steps, a very successful free open air concert, lasting over six hours, was enjoyed by a large crowd on the village green. Jazz, school and adult choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, skiffle, something for everyone.
The idea was to cover all genres of music and give local, less experienced musicians a chance to perform in front of a large audience, alongside semi-professional and respected artists. Whilst Pulham’s Music Day grew from strength to strength, National Music Day fizzled out after four to five years.
The early years of simple picnics sitting on rugs have grown into comfy chairs, barbeques and various encampments around The Green. The annual audience has grown to around 350 to 500 if the sun is shining and the event has only been cancelled once due to bad weather.
A whole range of performers have regularly supported Music Day; their commitment is of course the soul of Music Day. Over the years the event has developed and the stage is now a very large and secure tilt trailer. In addition, from 2000 onwards, we have employed a professional sound engineer.
One of the key features of Music Day is that it is a free music event. The bands all kindly perform for free. Funding is provided from the sale of raffle tickets and private donations, together with contributions from the refreshment sellers.
We are grateful to all of the performers who have played for us over the years and to all those who have attended and who have made Music Day such a special event. We look forward to celebrating our 28th year in 2019.