Concerts at The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich 22/23 July 2017

This coming weekend there could hardly be a greater contrast between concerts on consecutive days – a Saturday evening cabaret style concert given by the ever popular PENELOPE TURNER with ANDREW WISE in their highly entertaining review of Kurt Weill numbers, this year titled Weill at Sea. 

The following day at 6.30pm we have the subtle and delicate sounds of the lute when the brilliant LYNDA SAYCE gives a programme of music by John Dowland and his English contemporaries. I hope that one of these evenings – perhaps both? – will tempt you to Park Lane. All the best, Roger

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, NR2 3EF

Saturday 22nd July 2017, 7:30pm
Penelope Turner – voice

Andrew Wise – piano

Weill at Sea – cabaret style

  • Carson/Andersen: Blaue Nacht am Hafen
  • Weill/Brecht: Seeraüber-Jenny
  • Weill/Anderson: River Chanty
  • Weill/Magre: Complainte de la Seine
  • Weill/Brecht: Sailors’ Tango
  • Arlen/Koehler: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  • Alberto Ginastera: Danza de la Noza Donosa: Danzas Argentinas
  • Weill/Brecht: Surabaya-Johnny
  • Weill/Brecht: Der Song von Mandalay
  • Weill/Gershwin: My Ship
  • Weill/Gasbarra : Seashells from Margate
  • Hamilton: Cry me a River
  • Weill/Deval: J’Attends un Navire

Penelope Turner website
Andrew Wise website

Sunday 23rd July 2017, 6:30pm
Lynda Sayce – lute

  • A Progamme of English Lute Music 1580 to 1630
    John Dowland, Daniel Batchelor, Philip Rosseter, John Sturt & Robert Johnson 

Lynda Sayce website

Sunday 30th July 2017, 6:30pm
Delta Piano Trio

Frank Martin: Trio on Popular Irish Songs
Veldhuis: Nivea Hair Care Styling Mousse
Schumann: Piano Trio No.3 in D minor

Delta Piano Trio website


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Sistema in Norwich Summer Concerts 14/15th July at Octagon Chapel 7pm

This week is one of the rare opportunities to see the growing number of Sistema orchestras playing in Norwich. There are now 4, as the older children, some of whom have been on the programme for 6 or 7 years have formed the new Colegate orchestra and have been coached by new musical director Juan Gabriel Rojas who has come to Norwich from Venezuela via Portugal and Belgium to direct the programme and orchestras in Norwich bringing valuable experience and orchestral knowledge with him, as well as his partner Firdevs Eke who is also a pianist and composer – we are very privileged to have them here.

The other orchestras, Sarah Glover and Harriet Martineau take the middle age and experience groups and the newest orchestra, Thomas Browne orchestra is only a few months old.

Space  in the Saturday concerts is limited but Juan Gabriel, Marcus Patteson and the whole Sistema team would love to see you on Friday night, tickets from


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The Yorke Trust presents Susannah 14/15 July at 7.15pm South Creake


The Yorke Trust, Grove Cottage, Southgate Road, South Creake, NR21 gPA
Telephone 01328 823502

Tickets £10 each

About Handel’s Susanna
The Yorke Trust presents a staged production of Handel’s superb work Susanna, to be performed in St Mary’s Church, South Creake on 14 and 15 July 2017 at 7.1Spm.

This is an exciting new collaboration between local choristers and student musicians with musical direction by Alexander Crowe and Laoise O’Brien. This dramatic tale of lust and corruption is vividly conveyed in Handel’s score. The story tells of the attempted rape of a young woman by two Elders of thec ommunity. Susanna is condemned for her apparent sin, but the day is saved by the young judge Daniel who in an ingenious process of cross questioning, manages to trick the elders into revealing the truth of their crime.

Directed by Jennifer Hamilton, the work will be accompanied in a special arrangement for keyboard, continuo and solo instruments.



YT Susanna – Flyer front page

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Fundraising concert for Southrepps Festival Friday 14 July at The Chapel, Park Lane

I am pleased to say that on Friday 14th July, the distinguished tenor BEN JOHNSON is to give a chapel recital with TOM PRIMROSE, as a fundraiser for the 2017 Southrepps Festival They have  titled the programme NATURE, HEARTACHE & HAPPIER TIMES  with a great selection of songs ranging from Schumann to Finzi. The programme will be approx. I hour without interval and including a glass of wine.

Details of other chapel programmes this month also listed below.

Friday 14 July 2017, 7.30pm

tickets £15 incl glass of wine on the door –

concert lasts 1 hour

Ben Johnson – tenor
Tom Primrose – piano

Southrepps Festival fundraising concert


Howells – King David
Gurney – I will go with my father a ploughing
Brahms – lerchengesang
Wolf – Er ists
Schumann – Nachtlied

Quilter – The Faithless shepherdess
Schumann – Ich grolle nicht
Schumann – Wehmut
Schumann – Warte, Warte will see schiffmann
Copland – Heart, we will forget him

Happier times 
Quilter – Go lovely rose
Wolf – An die geliebte
Schumann – Frühlingsnacht
Head – When sweet Ann sings
Finzi – Since we loved

Saturday 22nd July 2017, 7:30pm

Penelope Turner – voice
Andrew Wise – piano

Weill at Sea

Penelope Turner website

Andrew Wise website

Sunday 23  July 2017, 6:30pm

Lynda Sayce – lute

John Dowland & Co

Lynda Sayce website

Sunday 30 July 2017, 6:30pm
Delta Piano Trio

Frank Martin: Trio on Popular Irish Songs
J.ter Veldhuis: Nivea Hair Care Styling Mousse
Schumann: Piano Trio No.3 in D minor

Delta Trio website

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Saturday 24 June Academy of St Thomas 30th concert at Salle Church near Reepham NR10 4SE


30th concert at Salle Church 7.30pm

With the sun shining and the promise of summer ahead, now is the time to book your tickets for our 30th annual midsummer concert in the wonderful Salle Church.
For this special concert, the Academy of St Thomas is delighted to  welcome back cellist Alexander Baillie to perform favourite works from the cello repertoire. It promises to be a very special evening.

Mozart – Divertimento in D K136
Haydn Cello Concerto in C
Faure Pavane
Leighton Elegy
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme

Audience are welcome to picnic before the concert in the surrounds of this glorious Norfolk Church.
New ticket arrangements
Tickets are available from 9.30 am on Friday 28 April from St George’s Music Shop 17 –19 St George’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AB 01603 626414 and on-line from . Patrons will need their identity number on the reverse of your card to reserve seats.

You can go in person to St George’s or phone and arrange for your tickets to be posted or put for collection on the door. The shop is just past Norwich Playhouse on the right hand side.


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Saturday 17th June 7.30pm at Norwich Cathedral – Summer Serenade

Summer Serenade 2017



Join Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and the Cathedral Players, conducted by Ashley Grote, for ‘Summer Serenade’, an evening of uplifting music for a summer’s evening.

Elgar Serenade for Strings
Part songs by Finzi, Stanford, Pearsall, Sullivan, Elgar and Grainger

‘Feel the Spirit’ –  a cycle of seven spirituals for choir and orchestra by John Rutter

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir
Norwich Cathedral Players

Tamsin Dalley Mezzo Soprano

Ashley Grote Conductor

Concert ends 8.45pm (no interval)
Tickets £15-£26 to include strawberries and a glass of wine in the Cloister afterwards

Book at the Cathedral Shop, online at or at Norwich Theatre Royal 01603 630000


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Late Night Lute Thursday 22 June at Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich

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Matthew Wadsworth lute and theorbo

International and renowned lutenist Matthew Wadsworth will play pieces by Dowland, Johnson and Kapsberger from his new album ‘Late Night Lute’, as well as a fantastic new theorbo piece written especially for him by Stephen Goss.

Matthew enjoys playing for intimate audiences in non-concert hall venues – although he has played in many large halls to huge crowds across the globe to great critical acclaim.

In Norwich, he is choosing a ‘pay-what-you-think-on the-night’ approach to ticketing as he hopes that the audience will enjoy the music enough to pay a fair price without putting off people who are not so sure about what they like in musical terms, or want to try something different.

He is planning a number of concerts in new and unusual venues – the Octagon Chapel is well-known as a music venue but rarely will you have had the chance to listen to a lute played in a building matched to its age with such exceptional skill.

“You get the feeling that he’s playing for himself and for you, but not for a big public. Gestures are subtle, with an expressive range which flatters sophisticated ears… perhaps because he always plays from the heart, there’s an inner power and sincerity to his performances which make for compelling listening.”

Simon Heighes, International Record Review

This recital is not to be missed!

Thursday 22 June, 7.30pm
Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BN

More details and a full CV see

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