International Make Music Day this Thursday 21 June 2018

Make Music Day  also known as World Music Day or Fête de la Musique 2018 in France is an international event, celebrated in over 120 countries around the world which encourages people to make music – in bars, on the street, beaches, fields, supermarkets. Anywhere in fact. In France, towns come alive with music on every corner. It is more recent in the UK but Norwich Music Hub and Making Music are pulling together this connected set of free music events on the longest day of the year. You can find a full list of events in Norfolk here.
Here are some highlights, there are many more including Norwich Arts Centre and The Assembly House.
The season of lunchtime classical concerts continues this Thursday at The Assembly House with the brilliant Tyburn Trio – Advance tickets available via: .
NNUH in the West Atrium 10 – 5pm 
including BellFolk, Carrie O’Donnell, Katie Schutte, Norfolk Pianist, Salman Toheed.
Music at Millennium Library from 11 – 4.00
Norfolk Pianist, Xenia Horne and Caroline Bishop, Carrie O’Donnell, Norwich School Making Musicians and Katie Schutte.
Chapelfield Bandstand – performers from Access to Music.
Wells Granary
Xenia Horne and Ivan McCready 7pm followed by a special performance from Harmonium 8pm.
Wells Library 11.30 – .1.30
Singing and song writing workshop focussing on Olive Edis, led by Jane Wells (free ).
Fakenham Library
10.00 Brian Davis Harpist, 11.00 Ivan McCready Cello.
Yarmouth Library
10.00 Xenia Horne Harpist then local acts.
North Walsham Library
12.00 Brian Davis Harpist.
Thetford Library
Vince Gregory Guitarist.
Sheringham Library 1pm
Ivan McCready Cello.
Glemham Hall 2.30
Zoe Anderton Harpist.
Plumstead Road Library 3.00
Carrie O Donnell pianist.
Alderman Peel High School
performances throughout the day.
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Raynham Hall Recitals this weekend 16/17 June

Saturday 16  June 2018, 6.30pm

The Goldberg Variations 
Written for harpsichord by Bach consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations performed by international keyboard player Mahan Esfahani.

Sunday 17 June 2018, 3.30pm

Stars of the Future
Les Laurentines perform Les Trois Lecons des Ténèbres
by Couperin.

Raynham Hall near Fakenham, Norfolk has been the seat of the Townshend family for over 400 years. Raynham Recitals is a programme of chamber music held in what used to be the great hall of this Jacobean house designed and built by Sir Roger Townshend with his Master Mason William Edge. Later paved in marble by William Kent and embellished in C18th style, the Marble Hall epitomises the dual spirit of Raynham Hall. Lofty, elegant and flooded with light, it also has a clear but gentle resonance which is perfect for the intimate chamber music presented at the Raynham Recitals.

Musical Advisor: Michael Chance CBE

Tickets £18 to £40 including a glass of champagne. or ring 01328 862133 
Raynham Hall, Fakenham Norfolk NR21 7EP
Tel 01328 862133 email


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Academy of St Thomas Saturday 23 June at Salle Church


Music for a Midsummer Evening

Bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert in the glorious surrounds of this mid Norfolk church

Jacob Overture for Strings
Symphony No.22 in Eb “The Philosopher” 
 Violin Concerto in A major
Bartok Rumanian Folk Dances

Clio Gould – Violin/Director

Clio Gould enjoys variety in her career as a violinist and performs as soloist, chamber musician, director and leader internationally and at home in the UK.

She has held major positions as Concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Violin of the London Sinfonietta and Artistic Director of Scottish Ensemble, directing from the violin.

This lovely midsummer programme is ideally suited to the ambience and acoustic of Salle Church. Please do bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert in the glorious surrounds of this mid Norfolk church – you may be lucky enough to catch the end of a cricket match on this quintessential English village green as the sun goes down!


On sale from 4th May at:
St George’s Music Shop, Norwich or
From £11 and £5 for Students



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The Mozart Orchestra Summer concert – Sat 9th June 2018 – St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, North Norfolk

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The Mozart Orchestra Summer concert – Sat 9th June 2018 – St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney
A summer’s evening of music not to be missed!  Join The Mozart Orchestra for an evening of specially selected music covering a broad range of styles. Mozart, Butterworth, Finzi, Stravinsky and Berkeley – something for everyone, and the perfect way to end a day out on the beautiful North Norfolk coast with drinks and canapés from 6:30pm!
Mozart – Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’
Mozart – Cosi fan Tutti ‘Overture’
Butterworth – The Banks of Green Willow
Finzi – ‘Farewell to Arms’
Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite
Berkeley – Sinfonietta
Tenor Solo: Nicholas Sharratt  ~  Conductor: Martin Budgett  ~  Leader: Ben Payne
Tickets £12.50 (no reserved seats) – tickets include drinks and canapés from 6.30pm
Tickets from: St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney – tel: 01263 740583 or email – or buy online at 

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Review : Maya Youssef : Norwich Playhouse : Norfolk & Norwich Festival Thursday 24 May 2018

I first heard Maya Youssef on Radio 4 a few weeks ago talking about her childhood in Damascus and the fact that as as girl it was very unusual for her to be an expert on the qanun, the traditional Middle Eastern plucked zither almost exclusively played by men and seen as a male-only instrument. But as a ‘plucky’ girl, she insisted that she was going to learn and now as a young woman, she is a virtuoso performer of growing reputation, known as the ‘queen of qanun’.

This week she played as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival at Norwich Playhouse – a perfectly-sized venue for this kind of recital, mid-way between chamber and concert hall. Three performers – Maya with the 78-stringed qanun, Elizabeth Nott, percussion and Barney Morse-Brown cello. Maya declared herself a story-teller at the start and so she guided us through the background to her pieces, many written by herself documenting the emotions of a Syrian affected by the war of the last 7 years. Even though she lives with her family in London, she is clearly strongly attached to her homeland and her roots in Damascus and drew mental pictures for us of sunshine, fresh figs and coffee.

She says ‘The war started in my homeland in 2011. From that point on making music was no longer a choice, it was a crucial means to express and come to terms with intense feelings of loss and sadness from seeing my people suffer and my homeland destroyed. On a hot summer’s afternoon in London in 2012 I was watching the news. At the time I felt overwhelmed, as if I was going to explode, so I held my qanun and ‘Syrian dreams’ came out of me. That was the very first piece of music I wrote’

And Syrian Dreams was the first piece she played, followed by a tribute to Egyptian musician Feride. Many of her pieces directly recorded events. She described a night when she heard that a four-year-old girl had died in her bed, cuddling a soft toy when a bomb fell on her home, and the falling of rose petals as a symbol of peace featured in one composition Bombs turn into Roses. The Seven Gates of Damascususes seven scales, one for each gate. (This piece is also the basis for a PhD thesis and project.)  Her music is based on classic Arabic scales but she incorporates jazz and flamenco rhythms which modernised the traditional sounds, sometimes sounding like an Egyptian casbah and sometimes a modern jazz club – although I have to say that the qanun is not perhaps really a jazz instrument. Her fingers flew almost impossibly over the strings sat on her lap, reminiscent of a harp in sound, light and twinkly or raging and powerful as she physically worked the strings with finger picks.

Her two accompanying musicians were very well accomplished – sensitive to her interpretations, watching her carefully for cues. All had a bit of an issue with tuning their instruments though – slight embarrassments on stage as first Elizabeth had trouble getting the right tension on a bohran-shaped drum and then Barney had to get his cello in tune. Maya joked that usually it was her instrument that went astray. Elizabeth’s percussion was amazing. She has long and slender arms and fingers which both held the various flat drums while she played complex rhythms, crisp and taut tambourine and larger round-framed drums, one embellished with chains on the inside to add power to the sound.

All-in-all a very warm and friendly concert, full of interest and intrigue. Maya herself open and communicative and obviously as passionate about her instrument as the nine-year-old girl that heard it playing on the radio in a taxi in Damascus. Let’s hope her road to success continues – I am sure it will.

Marion Catlin
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Brook Street Band CD launch at Oxnead Hall on Monday 4 June 2018


The award-winning Handel specialists The Brook Street Band is launching its new Handel CD “Handel Sonatas for Violin and Basso Continuo” with a concert (and accompanying chat and fizz) on Monday 4 June (7.30pm) at the Great Barn, Oxnead Hall, Norfolk, NR10 5HP. Rachel Harris (baroque violin), Tatty Theo (baroque cello) and Carolyn Gibley (harpsichord) will perform a selection of Handel’s glorious violin sonatas. There’ll be a chance too to vote for your particular favourite sonata to be included! Tickets can be booked online:

or please do email if you’d like any more information.


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Sound Underground in the Undercroft

Tonight Friday 17 May an evening of acoustic sound performances in conjunction with Norwich 20 Group’s Changes exhibition in the Undercroft behind the market under the Memorial Gardens.
Singer/songwriter extraordinaire Milly Hirst, duo Of the Clay, plus guitar from Pete Turrell and also Tom Conway, and spoken word from Charlotte Carter.
Link to Milly Hirst at Glastonbury:
Free entry, with a collection for performers, doors 7.30pm.

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