Into Opera are recruiting for a project based in Norwich and Great Yarmouth

Music Director and Assistant to the Composer

Into Opera are looking for a dynamic, inspirational and creative Music Director for a
children’s opera and education project taking place in Norfolk from September 2017 –
February 2018. This project will culminate in the professional world premiere of A King’s
Ransom, a new opera by renowned classical composer Patrick Hawes.

More details are on the pdf attached

Job Description – Music Director and Assistant to the Composer

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love:Handel – a Festival celebrating George Frideric Handel 22/23 April 2017

This is a feast for fans of Handel and anyone that would like to get to know him better, hosted by the Brook Street Band at the Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich.

love: Handel has something for everyone: Five concerts, a lively discussion forum, illustrated talks,  a chance to chat over coffee and cake and meet the musicians, participatory dance and vocal workshops for all age-groups, and guest appearances from Louis de Bernières, and Handel scholar Julie Anne Sadie.

Concerts include many of Handel’s wonderful Trio Sonatas, as well as his inventive Oxford Water Music, sacred and secular vocal music with soprano Nicki Kennedy, and music for flute and recorder with Lisete da Silva Bull.

For more information and to book tickets online for individual events, or day passes for each day please click here

Events start at 2pm on Saturday 22nd April and finish at 6pm on Sunday 23rd April. Under 18s go free to concerts.

The Brook Street Band will be joined by soprano Nicki Kennedy and Handel enthusiasts Louis de Bernières & Julie Anne Sadie for a weekend of his music at The Chapel in Park Lane. This is an intimate venue – it best to reserve places  for main concerts – to reserve email Roger Rowe on

Handel Festival

22nd & 23rd April 2017
The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich

Brook Street Band
Nicki Kennedy – soprano
Lisete da Silva Bull – flute & dance master
Louis de Bernières & Julie Anne Sadie

Saturday April 22nd (2pm – 9:30pm)


2pm – 3:15pm hear HANDEL
Handel’s Trio Sonatas – play and illustrated talk
(Tickets £15.00, under 18 free)


3:45pm – 5:15pm dance HANDEL
Learn to dance a minuet and passacaille to live music
(Tickets £5.00, under 18 free)


6:30pm – 7:15pm talk HANDEL
Tatty Theo & Louis de Berniéres discuss his book Dining with George
(Tickets £15.00, under 18 free)


7:30pm – 9:30pm hear HANDEL
Programme of Handel’s Trio Sonatas and Bach cantatas with soprano Nicki Kennedy
(Tickets £15.00, under 18 free)

Sunday April 23rd (10:00am – 6:00pm)


10:00am – 10:30am young HANDEL
Child-friendly concert for babies, parents and carers


10:30am – 11:30am sing HANDEL
Singing workshop with soprano Nicki Kennedy
(Tickets £5, under 18 free)


11:30am – 12:00noon talk HANDEL
Family concert of Handel’s Water World with Brook Street Band
(Tickets £5, under 18 free)


12:15pm – 1:15pm experience HANDEL
Programme of Handel’s Trio Sonatas and Bach cantatas with soprano Nicki Kennedy
(Tickets £15.00, under 18 free)


2:30pm – 3:30pm debate HANDEL
with Handel specialists Julie Anne Sadie & Tatty Theo
(Tickets £5.00, under 18 free)


4:00pm – 6:00pm hear HANDEL
Festival Finale with Handel’s finest chamber music with Brook Street Band
(Tickets £15.00, under 18 free)

Tatty Theo, founder of Brook Street adds;-
The Brook Street Band has long dreamed of presenting its own Festival, dedicated to the great love of its life, George Frideric Handel. love: Handel is its inaugural festival, timed to coincide with the end of Band’s 20th Anniversary year.


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St John Passion Britten Sinfonia at St Andrew’s Hall Norwich 13 April 2017



Celebrated tenor, Mark Padmore performs St John Passion with Britten Sinfonia at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall on Thursday 13 April 2017

Mark has gained particular acclaim for his numerous appearances as Evangelist in Bach Passions. He describes Bach’s music as ‘an endless journey of discovery’, and he’ll certainly bring this love for the music and sense of dramatic intention to these Easter performance in which he sings with and directs Britten Sinfonia. Bach’s masterpiece perfectly balances the theatrical and devotional, and is interspersed here with sacred texts, and poetry by TS Eliot read by Simon Russell Beale.

Explore the music:

Find out more about Mark Padmore in our Q&A with him.

Download the programme notes.

Read Mark Padmore’s article in The Guardian and find out why he thinks St John Passion belongs on the stage at Easter. 

Norwich Pre-concert Talk, 6.30pm: Jonathan Morley, Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich leads a talk on TS Eliot’s poetry.

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New edition of Music in Norwich is out!

Please to say that the newest edition of Music in Norwich is now out on the streets in hard copy and is available to pick up free from the Tourist Information Centre, Theatre Royal, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Cathedral, Arts Roundup racks and many other place around Norwich and Norfolk as well as a pdf download from this siteMusic in Norwich spring 17.jpg

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At The Chapel, Park Lane, Sunday 2 April Yu Kosuge

The Chapel, Park Lane,
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 6:30pm
Tickets £15 on the door

Yu Kosuge – piano

J S Bach: Aria, BWV 989
Beethoven: Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53, ‘Waldstein’
Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketches I and II
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor

Andreas Schiff protégé Yu Kosuge from Tokyo includes The Chapel in her UK tour, playing Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Takemitsu.   She has just recently received The Suntory Foundation for Arts Award – Japan’s most prestigious award which is presented who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Western music in Japan. Past winners have included Mitsuko Uchida, Seiji Ozawa and Toru Takemitsu.

All welcome, Roger



Yu Kosuge website

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Talk by composer Robert Saxton Sunday 2 April 2017 4pm


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Norwich Baroque play Bach on Saturday 25 March at Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich

Saturday 25 March 2017, 7.30pm
Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich

Bach by Arrangement

The next in our live programme notes series, this concert features Norwich-born music historian, Dr Simon Heighes, who will bring alive the music as he sets it in context socially, historically and artistically.

With friends of the ensemble soprano, Jayne May-Sysum and tenor, Daniel Bartlette, the team will explore Bach’s use and re-use of his own music as well as parts of the re-constructed St Mark Passion.

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