Auditions for UEA Choir and Orchestra

On Friday 30 September and Monday 3 October, UEA Choir, Chamber Choir and Symphony Orchestra will be holding auditions for new members, in the UEA Music Centre. All ensembles rehearse weekly and are open, by audition, to all (staff, students and members of the community).

UEA Choir (directed by UEA Choir Director, Tom Primrose) welcomes singers of all abilities and levels of experience, UEAChamber Choir (directed by UEA Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop) welcomes singers with some vocal training and/or choral experience and UEA Symphony Orchestra (directed by Stuart Dunlop) welcomes players of Grade 7 standard or above (it is the standard that is important – you don’t need to have passed any exams). If you are a keen singer or orchestral player, please email arrange an audition.

Please download the flyer for full details


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Norwich Pops Sunday 18 September

Concerts are at St Andrews Hall,
St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich

Sunday 18 September 2016, 3pm
An orchestral tribute to Abba, The Beatles, Queen and more

Since its formation in 2003 the Norwich Pops Orchestra has established itself as the leading light orchestra in the region. They have staged children’s concerts, a conducting competition, film music nights, an Olympic Prom and a highly successful series of New Year’s Day concerts. Most importantly they continue to present informal and relaxed high quality entertainment for   audiences wherever they perform.

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Recital at Raynham Hall

Today I have been invited to a recital at Raynham Hall. I have not been there before, nor really been aware of the Hall as a concert venue but it seems that the owners of the hall, Lord and Lady Townshend are keen to use their stately home to help raise money to repair some of their works of art which are in desperate need of restoration. In particular, they are trying to raise the fund of £48,000 to restore three invaluable 17th century paintings of the children of King Charles I.

They have spent the last 5 years restoring the fine art works and decor of the hall which has been in the Townshend family since 1620. Sir Roger Townshend started the building and then in the 1720s, the 2nd Viscount Townshend commissioned William Kent  who later went on to design both Holkham and Houghton Halls which are nearby – and well-recognised as treasures of Norfolk.

Kent’s design work was ornate and included elaborate carvings and mosaics, decorated doorways and lanterns most of which are intact today.

Tonight’s concert will be held in the Marble Hall of Raynham which apparently has astonishing acoustics. It is part of a series of concerts to bring world-class musicians to perform in the house so that people can experience the atmosphere created by the works which the money will help to maintain.

I am looking forward to hearing acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger who is a leading musician in the Baroque and Classical style and Maggie Cole who is also internationally acclaimed for her virtuosity on piano, fortepiano and harpsichord.

I think this will be a rare opportunity to recreate the atmosphere of an 18th century drawing room, and will possibly signal the emergence of Raynham as a distinctive concert venue – I will report back!

Tickets are £50 with proceeds going to the restoration fund and I believe are still available – the phone number is 01328 862133 if you would like to check

Marion de Mello Catlin
editor Music in Norwich

Saturday 17th September 2017 – The C18 Sound

Regular ticket holders of Raynham Recitals will remember an electrifying evening last June with Rachel Podger & Maggie Cole performing JS Bach. For the September recital Rachel & Maggie have chosen the following programme for violin & fortepiano:

CPE Bach – Sonata in C minor
W A Mozart – Sonata for violin & piano KV454 (1784)
L van Beethoven – Sonata for violin & piano No.7 in C Minor, Op.30 No.2 (1801-02)

The Saturday recital is nearly always the mega-star concert and September 17th is no exception as Rachel Podger is, as many of you know, a violinist of world class who performed JS Bach here 18 months ago with Maggie Cole in their first recital together. Maggie, famed not least for her recording of the Goldberg Variations, is a regular at Raynham and we are thrilled to have her here again with Rachel.

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Music in Norwich new edition

The new edition is out and about so please pick up your copy in various places in Norwich including the Forum Tourist Information Centre, St Peter Mancroft, Prelude Records.

This month look out for Voice Project workshops and on 17 September is a lovely concert by Academy of St Thomas at St Andrew’s Church, Hingham

Saturday 17 September 2016, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Hingham, Norwich NR9 4HP

Thomas Isaac cello
Cameron Johnson trumpet

Matthew Andrews conductor

Rameau Overture to Zais
Haydn Cello Concerto in D major
Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Eb major
Mozart Symphony No 38

Two Royal Academy of Music students on the brink of professional careers return home to Norfolk to play an attractive pair of Haydn concertos.

St Andrew’s Church is in the market town of Hingham, about 25 minutes drive from central Norwich

Sponsored by Hingham History Centre and St Andrew’s Heritage Fund

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Bach Players at Binham Priory Sunday 21 August 2016

The Seasons

on Sunday 21 August at 7.30 pm we are giving a concert at Binham Priory in north Norfolk. We played this programme last summer at The Octagon Chapel in Norwich. So this is a chance to hear it if you missed it last year, or to hear it again in an especially magical setting.

Our ‘Seasons’ programme is light-hearted, upbeat and entertaining and invites you to make musical discoveries besides the tried and tested Vivaldi. It is definitely a programme to bring children to!

Although Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are the most popular, he was by no means the only baroque musician to write on that theme. This concert brings to light some of these other composers – Italian, French and Austrian – and will end appropriately on Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’.

Full details of the concert are on our website. Tickets cost £16, and they can be reserved by telephoning Maureen Frost (01328 830362) or they can be bought on the night.

Coffee and Cabbage
Our next concert at The Octagon Chapel in Norwich is ‘Coffee and Cabbage’ on Thursday 6 October. This is an all-Bach secular programme, including the famous Coffee and Peasant cantatas, with our favourite singers Rachel Elliott and Matthew Brook. More details hereand tickets here.

New CDs
We have received some very nice reviews for our latest CD Venice to Hamburg, both in the UK and in the Netherlands. You can read them on our website. All our CDs can be bought here.

There is still time to subscribe to our next CD, Sleepers awake! (a programme of music by Buxtehude and Bach, which we performed both in Norwich and London in autumn 2014: more details here). You can do this by becoming a Friend of The Bach Players for 2016. Forms for this can be downloaded here or ask for one by replying to this email.

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Music weekend at Cley 16


Cley Contemporary Art Exhibition is an annual event which aims to bring high-quality contemporary visual art to north Norfolk from open submission of Norfolk-based artists. Each year’s show is curated by a guest curator – this year it is architect and artist Hugh Pilkington. In addition to work by 72 visual artists, there s a series of concerts and other events – see

This weekend sees three concerts on consecutive nights at St Margaret’s Church, Cley-next-the-Sea, next to the Three Swallows pub. Tickets on the door £10

Friday 8 July 6.30pm
Anam Cora present a Sung Meditation.

Saturday 9 July 2016 Concert
Big Sky choir at Cley Church 

Sunday 10 July, 2016 Concert
North Norfolk Sinfonia at Cley Church

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Academy of St Thomas at Salle Saturday 18 June

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The Norwich based Academy of St Thomas  celebrates its 200th performance on Saturday June 18th

For this popular midsummer concert at Salle Church near Reepham, the Academy of St Thomas will be directed by the renowned British violinist Lorraine McAslan who will play Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G major and Rondo for violin and orchestra.

Regarded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, Lorraine has appeared with the Academy on many occasions since 1988. She has performed with many of Britain’s greatest orchestras and made regular BBC Radio3 and TV appearances. Initially trained in London with David Martin, Lorraine moved to New York at the age of 17 on the recommendation of Isaac Stern to study with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School. The rest of the programme comprises Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, Grieg Elegiac Melodies and the Holberg Suite.

The Academy of St Thomas founded in 1973 is recognised as one of the UK’s foremost ensembles of its kind, and attracts players from across Norfolk, along with loyal and enthusiastic audiences.

Tickets: Prelude Records 01603 628319 or on the door.


Sally Wortley, Academy of St Thomas Administrator
Victoria House, 215 College Rd. Norwich NR2 3JD
0773 3333 256   01603 504301

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