Norwich Baroque play a special concert on Saturday 25 June 7pm at St Peter Mancroft honouring John Garth and featuring Kate Bennett Wadsworth

John Garth 300: a celebration for one of England’s best-kept secrets

You may already love Baroque music, in which case definitely do not miss this concert with the excellent cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth. If you are not so sure, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more with this beautiful and exciting programme of music in Norwich.

Entitled ‘English with a dash of Italian’ it is a fiery cross of Italian baroque with earthy English folk music. Come and find out what that means at the concert this weekend. You can buy tickets on the door, or preferably beforehand online or by phone – see below.
Tel. 0333 666 3366 or on the door (cash, cheque, or card)

Saturday 25 June, 7pm
St Peter Mancroft
Hay Hill, Norwich NR2 1QQ
Tickets: £18/£17 (£2 under 18s)

There is a confession to make. The cellist in that picture is not actually our hero John Garth, but the Anglo-Italian cellist, James Cervetto (1748-1837), the son of the legendary Italian virtuoso cellist Giacobbe Cervetto (1680-1783), who is pictured here in the chair next to him. There is a secretive little smile on James’ face as he demonstrates a fancy new cello technique – as though his father is spluttering “how…how are you doing that?” and he is pretending not to hear the question.

It is hard to imagine Georgian cello playing without the captivating mystique of Italian virtuosi. At the same time, England’s own rich traditions of music and dance combined with the Italian dazzle in ways that made its art music unique. This programme combines both elements, with music by Antonio Vivaldi, John Playford, Richard Mudge, Charles Avison channeling Scarlatti, and of course Mr. Garth himself. Come and join us and enjoy the humour and fun of Georgian England with Italian seasoning!

At St Peter Mancroft in June

Saturday 11 June 2022, 1pm

Dave Ballard organ

Saturday 18 June 2022, 1pm

Kirsty O’Neill soprano
George Inscoe piano

Saturday 25 June 2022, 1pm

Queen’s Jubilee weekend

Maria Willis soprano
Veera Piilo piano

Join Maria and Veera as they explore an eclectic mix of operatic arias and songs by composers including Mozart, Robert Schumann, Toivo Kuula, and Pauline Viardot.

Saturday 2 July 2022, 1pm

Naomi Watson violin & Hannah Watson piano

Saturday 9 July 2022, 1pm

Tony Pinel organ                                               

Saturday 16 July 2022, 1pm

Catherine McCardel violin
Magdalene Ho piano

Saturday 30 July 2022, 1pm

Alice Smith organ 

Organ Scholar, St Peter Mancroft

Alice’s recital will explore the prelude and fugue form, with examples from the German Baroque and French Romantic styles, featuring well-known composers as well as lesser-known composers such as Elsa Barrain.

Saturday 6 August, 2022, 1pm

Eric Tyson Bristol organ

An exciting programme including works by Hollins, Wolstenholme and Ayres.

Saturday 27 August 2022, 1pm

Oliver Neale organ

Birmingham and former organ scholar
St Peter Mancroft Norwich 

Programme to include music by JS Bach, Widor,
and Leighton.

Saturday 3 September 2022, 1pm

Charles Francis, organ

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival starts this weekend 13-29 May 2022

17 days of Music, Performance, Circus, Literature and free Outdoor Arts in Norwich and Norfolk locations

This year is the 250th Anniversary of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, back in full strength after a couple of years of Covid disruption. We are very lucky to have the fourth largest multi-arts festival in the country right here in Norfolk. Originally started 250 years ago to support the work of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, it has been through many phases and styles but is now a colourful and varied programme of both classical and contemporary work which has full range of ticket prices. Some performers are inevitably expensive to bring to the Norwich stages but we have the privilege of them being here on our doorstep without having to travel to see world-class performers. Many events are free or subsidised so there is something for everyone

Check this link for the full programme

Norwich Door to Door 30 Years celebration concert

Saturday 7 May 2022, 7pm
St Peter Mancroft Church, Hay Hill, Norwich
30 Years – Let’s Celebrate
with The London Soprano and Norwich Pops Orchestra

Join us for a varied programme of popular classics and songs from the shows by these well-loved and eminent musicians from Norwich, including the Poringland Singers, playing alongside The London Soprano,
Joanne McGahon.  

Tickets priced from £15 are available from Eventbrite or by phone (via the Door to Door website 

For more details please call or email us.
Norwich Door to Door, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich NR2 3TU
01603 776735

Norwich Door to Door is a Norwich-based charity that celebrates 30 years of success in 2022. Year-round, the charity provides a friendly and reliable door to door community transport service to residents of Norwich and its districts.  

They offer people with limited mobility the opportunity to remain independent and involved within the community.

For those that have difficulty using other forms of transport, their accessible minibuses help people get to medical appointments, day centres, clubs, shops, lunches or to meet with friends or family.

They have a fleet of 13 minibuses equipped with tail-lifts, steps, secure anchor points for wheelchairs and scooters, as well as friendly, trained and DBS checked driver and assistants to ensure comfort and safety.

The success of the charity depends on its volunteers, sponsors and fundraising to provide the service.

Every year they organise fundraising events to support their work. This year they celebrate their 30th anniversary with a special concert at St Peter Mancroft Church, opposite the Forum in Norwich.

Tickets priced from £15 are available from Eventbrite or by phone (via the Door to Door website 

For more details please call or email us.
Norwich Door to Door, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich NR2 3TU
01603 776735

Ensemble East in Aylsham, Norfolk

Sunday 1 May 2022, 3.30pm
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Aylsham 

Kathryn Parry

Mendelssohn The Fair Melusine Overture, Op 32
Haydn Symphony No. 49 (La Passione)
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Philip Hesketh conductor

Kathryn Parry, leader

The Fair Melusine is a concert overture of sweet rippling music loosely describing a confusing storyline including a water nymph. A good opener for what’s to follow. 

Haydn’s Passione must be truly one of the finest classical symphonies ever written – dark drama and turbulence, melancholy leading to rising passion. 

About Beethoven Symphony no 7. composer Antony Hopkins says: “The Seventh Symphony perhaps more than any of the others gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as “one of my best works”. Who are we to dispute his judgment?

Join us to celebrate two of the finest symphonies ever written. 

Tickets are £15 and £5 for under-18s, available from
J B Postle and Son, 32 Market Place, Aylsham, on the door and online at

Ensemble East is a well-known chamber orchestra focusing on intensity, energy, and intimacy, producing interpretations of classical music that are always spontaneous. The orchestra produces dynamic and vital performances that develop freely and naturally, revealing an infectious love for the music.

Ensemble East will be conducted for the next three concerts by Philip Hesketh, a familiar and welcome face on the Norfolk music scene.

We are most grateful to Kathryn Parry, of the celebrated Brook Street Band, for agreeing to guest lead our May concert. 

Britten Sinfonia in Norwich

Friday 22 April 2022, 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Hall, The Halls,
St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

мир / Peace

Alissa Firsova Stages (world premiére)
Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra 
Prokofiev arr. Barshai Visions Fugitives (alternating with solo piano originals)
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

Mishka Rushdie Momen piano
Matilda Lloyd trumpet
Thomas Gould director/violin
Britten Sinfonia

A distinctly Russian evening with rising stars Mishka Rushdie Momen and Matilda Lloyd. 

Shostakovich’s virtuosic Concerto is paired with Prokofiev’s whimsical Visions Fugitives, the original solo piano version alternating with an arrangement with orchestra. 

Tchaikovsky’s glorious Serenade for Strings and a new work by Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova complete the programme.

Tickets: £35, £30, £35, £15

Just over 25 years ago, Britten Sinfonia was established as a bold re-imagining of the conventional image of a chamber orchestra. 

A flexible ensemble of some of the UK’s leading soloists and chamber musicians came together with a unique vision: to collapse the boundaries between old and new music, to collaborate with composers, performers and guest artists across artforms and genres; and to create involving, intelligent music events that both audiences and performers experience with an unusual intensity.

All of Britten Sinfonia’s performances in Norwich can be booked via the Theatre Royal box office, in person or via 01603 6300000 or online at

UKRAINE FUNDRAISING CONCERT Sunday 24th April  at 6.30 pm

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich

The distinguished pianist JAMES LISNEY has kindly agree to donate his fee to the UKRAINIAN DISASTER FUND – details below. Tickets are £30 each and the whole sum together with any other donations will be handed over to the Fund. There are still seats available and I would naturally  like to welcome support from as many as possible, so hope that you can make it, Roger


Beethoven Recital

Bagatelle No.25 in A min (Für Elise) 
​Diabelli Variations  Op.120

Tickets £30 each

Reservations or

The distinguished pianist James Lisney is giving his services free for this recital and all receipts will go to the Relief Fund. Many Ukrainian musicians have been deeply affected by recent events including the pianist Anna Federova who has given recitals in Norwich in recent years.

Coming up this week, Gypsy Swing Jazz at Oxnead Hall Tuesday 19 April


Tuesday April 19th 2020
Oxnead Hall, Aylsham NR10 5HP

Garden and wine from 6.30pm, music begins at 7.30pm
£25 inc. wine

Oxnead Hall provides the setting for a unique recital of gypsy swing jazz in the style of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, performed by international harpist Ben Creighton Griffiths and New York’s leading gypsy jazz violinist Adrien Chevalier.

You are invited to arrive from 6.30 and enjoy a glass of wine and a stroll around the garden before the music begins at 7.30.

In aid of The Norfolk Churches Trust.


Still in his mid-twenties, Ben has earned an international reputation as a jazz harpist since winning
1st prize in the under 18 Lily Laskin Harp competition in Paris at the age of 11. He has toured widely in Europe, as well as in the US, Canada, and Brazil.

Ben writes and publishes his own jazz and classical arrangements for harp and has also released 4 CDs, the latest in 2021 entitled La Vie En Rose, a selection of gypsy jazz and swing classics.

Born in Provence, both Adrien’s parents were professional violinists and he studied at Avignon Conservatoire before moving to Paris where he developed a passion for gypsy jazz and eastern European music forming Pad Brapad, an ensemble specialising in Balkan music which performed extensively throughout Europe. In 2011 Adrien moved to New York where he co-founded the highly regarded Avalon Jazz Band with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie and has since become a leading member of the traditional swing jazz community there. He tours regularly in the US, Europe and Asia.

Changes to Assembly House Series and Chapel Concerts in Norwich

Unfortunately the NEAVE TRIO have had to postpone their European tour due to travel difficulties. This means that their Chapel concert this coming Friday 15 April has been postponed until early July (date to be confirmed).

 It also means that they will not be here for their  Assembly House lunchtime concert on Thursday 14th. However we are fortunate that, with the help of YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust), we have managed to secure a brilliant young Trio led by pianist ARIEL LANE who won 3rd Prize at last years’ Leeds Piano Competition. It has been necessary to change the programme which will now be: 


Thursday 14 April at 1pm  

Charlie Lovell-Jones – violin  
Yoanna Prodanova – cello        
Ariel Lanyi   – piano

Beethoven; Piano Trio in E flat Op 70 No 2
Schumann; Piano Trio No 3 in G minor Op 110

All previously booked tickets for the Neave Trio will remain valid.

Tickets on the door or online via website