Sistema in Norwich Winter concert Saturday 3 December 2016

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It’s tonight!

Celebrating the season with a concert of pieces and excerpts from across the Sistema in Norwich programme. The concert will feature children from three of our schools (Catton Grove Primary School, Lakenham Primary School and Norwich Primary Academy) and our ‘teen’ Sistema programme, with children taking part in our three orchestra groups – the Sarah Glover, Martineau and Colegate Nucleo Orchestras.

Join us in the lovely setting of the Octagon Chapel for an evening of music and a glass of mulled wine.

Please note that there is no parking at the venue (Spaces can be booked if you have mobility or access needs. Please call us to organise)

Adults £3 / Children £ 1 / Under 5’s Free

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Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association concert

The annual Paul Cross Memorial Concert, promoted by the Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association, is coming our way Norwichbased music writer, Tony Cooper, reports

The next recital – entitled Music of Love – takes place on Saturday 14th January (7.30pm) in the Georgian splendour of the Music Room of the Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, by Serbian soprano Radoslava Vorgić and Serbian pianist Julija Bal.

(On a historical note, the great Hungarian pianist, Franz Liszt, played in the same room while on a Grand Tour of the British Isles in September 1840. He covered 3389 miles travelling by a coach and four at an average speed of nine miles per hour visiting 65 towns and cities.)

The Paul Cross Memorial Concert, however, is held annually in memory of Paul Cross, the much-loved former chairman of the Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association and celebrates the long-standing friendship and twinning partnership that exists between the historic cities of Norwich and Novi Sad.

The emphasis of Ms Vorgić and Ms Bal’s programme ranges from Baroque to Britten focusing on love with a distinctive Serbian flavour. Indeed, some of the works are inspired by Serbian folk traditions and Serbian love poetry.

The programme is filled with riches offering works by such well-known composers as Handel (Armida’s aria from Rinaldo), Tchaikovsky (The Nightingale), Brahms (Maiden’s Song), Villa-Lobos (Aria from Bachiana no 5 especially adapted by Ms Bal for the Norwich concert), Tavener (Epistle of Love) and Britten (On This Island).

Incidentally, the Tavener work was commissioned in 2000 with funds provided by the Lazar Kostić Fund. A Serbian poet, prose writer, lawyer, philosopher and politician, Kostić was considered to be one of the greatest (and brightest) minds of Serbian literature. He devoted himself to writing poetry and promoted the study of English to balance the German predominance in the Balkans. He was also prominent in translating Shakespeare into the Serbian language.

This enterprising programme also incorporates studies by the highly-rated Serbian composer, Vasilije Mokranjac, which, for all intents and purposes, are virtuosic pieces. There’ll also be works by the Italian-British composer, conductor and music publisher, Muzio Clementi, who was encouraged to study music by his father and was sponsored as a young composer by Sir Peter Beckford who brought him to England to advance his studies. Later, he toured Europe numerous times from his long-standing base in London and it was on one of these occasions (in 1781) that he engaged in a piano competition with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and, therefore, it seems most appropriate that a work by the Boy Wunder from Salzburg is included in the programme.

Interestingly, Mr Mokranjac – who lived from 1923 to 1984 and was professor of composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade and a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts – was one of the most prominent Serbian composers in the second half of the 20th century. He was born into one of the most prominent Serbian musical dynasties, too. His father, the cellist Jovan Mokranjac, was a nephew of the composer, Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac, while his mother, Jelena, of Czech origin, was also an accomplished cellist.

However, following Ms Vorgić completing her studies in Serbia she immediately undertook her master’s degree and postgraduate studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Here she also made her operatic début with the Junges Ensemble of the Staatstheater, Mainz, as Lucia in Britten’s opera, The Rape of Lucretia. She followed this up by singing the roles of Armida in Handel’s Rinaldo, Abel in Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio overo Cain, Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Flaminia in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna and the title-role in Offenbach’s Coscoletto.

Last year, Ms Vorgić won the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg competition in Germany which led to a host of concerts as well as a masterclass with Stephan Rügamer, a leading tenor at the State Opera, Berlin. Recently, she undertook a masterclass with Dame Emma Kirkby at Dartington International Summer School. Future engagements include Giuditta in Scarlatti’s opera La Giuditta and Musica in Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

While performing her transcriptions for the piano at the IBLA Grand Prize 2008 competition in Italy, Ms Bal’s originality as a composer and pianist caught the attention of the public and critics alike. As the laureate of the competition and the winner of the Villa-Lobos special prize, Ms Bal performed on the IBLA winners’ concert tour appearing at Carnegie Hall to great critical acclaim. The tour also took in Virginia, North Dakota and Arkansas.

Ms Bal – who’ll play solo pieces by Signor Clementi as well as czardas by V Monti-S Kursanov – has won numerous awards at important and prestigious international competitions such as Bradsaw and Buono (New York), Victoria Caffa Righetti (Italy) and Petar Konjović (Serbia).

Three years ago the Association of Guitarists of Vojvodina – under the patronage of the Brazilian Embassy of Serbia and the Museu Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro – released a CD and the score of 12 Etudes (originally written for guitar) by Heitor Villa-Lobos but transcribed for piano by Ms Bal who, incidentally, studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad where she now teaches comparative piano. Currently, she’s attending her third year of doctoral studies for piano at the Faculty of Musical Art, Belgrade.

As in past years, all proceeds from the concert will be donated to the educational charity supporting the Milan Petrović School for children and young adults with special needs. A party of members from the Norfolk & Norwich Novi Sad Association paid a visit to the school in September and witnessed the excellent work that’s being done there.

Tickets £17 (students £6) available from Norwich Theatre Royal (01603) 598688



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Trio Isimsiz at the Chapel Saturday 19 November 2016

Trio Isimsiz
Saturday 19th November 2016, 7:30pm
John Innes Centre NR4 7UH

Pre-concert discussion with members of Trio Isimsiz, 6:30pm

Mozart: Piano Trio in E, K.542
Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor, Op.120
Schumann: Piano Trio No 3 in G minor, Op.110

“Refinement, clarity, strength and the ability to match one another’s playing so perfectly was what made Monday’s performance from Trio Isimsiz truly special.”
(Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts Review)

Trio Isimsiz website

Trio Isimsiz:
Pablo Hernán Benedí violin
Michael Petrov cello
Erdem Misirlioglu piano

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Concerts in Norwich Saturday 12 November


St Peter Mancroft Church, Millennium Plain, Norwich

Saturday 12 November 2016, 1pm

Sarahjane Stephen soprano
Duncan Barlow piano

Free entry

Saturday 12 November 2016, 7.30pm
Norwich Cathedral              

Norwich Baroque

Mass in B minor – J.S. Bach

Norwich Baroque’s successful partnership with the choirs of Norwich Cathedral, directed by Master of Music Ashley Grote, continues with this performance of Bach’s incredible Mass in B minor. Huge choruses and fugues mixed with arias of grace and beauty. It is easy to see why this mass has become such a pillar of the choral repertoire. 

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Norfolk Music Library Loan service fundraiser

Norfolk Music Library Friends – piano playing marathon

The Norfolk Music Library Friends has been formed to preserve access to the music sets held by the Norfolk Music Library.

One of the Friends’ aims is to be instrumental in raising funds to keep the music sets library viable, at least for the first year of our existence. We’re getting the ball rolling with a 24 hour piano playing marathon later this month.  We invite anyone, young or old and of any standard, to join in and be a part of this unique event.

The event takes place from 12:00 noon on Friday 18th November through to 12:00 noon on Saturday 19th June. We are delighted that St Peter Mancroft church, in the centre of Norwich, has kindly agree to make the Church available for the whole day and night.

We’ve broken up the time into time slots, which are filling up nicely, but we could do with a few more pianists, of any and every standard. In particular, age will be no barrier – we have special arrangements for the younger players. It’s not intended as a ‘performance’, it’s more of a fun fund-raising event!

All we ask is that every participant raises a small amount of sponsorship money – perhaps up to £5.00 for young participants and somewhat more for adults. There will also be Norfolk Music Library Friends in the Church with a collecting bucket.

For young participants, we have reserved 4.00 – 6.00 pm on Friday November 18th and 9.00 – 11.00 on Saturday November 19th for short performances of no more than ten minutes.  Daytime slots for adults will be by the quarter hour, but you can book multiple slots to embrace a wider programme or a major work. Night time slots will be by the half hour. However,  anyone is welcome to book multiple slots to display both your ability and powers of endurance!

So if you, or anyone you know, perhaps within your music group or society, wants to play in a wonderful place and raise money to keep amateur music making alive in Norfolk , please get in touch.

Please make your booking by calling St George’s Music Shop in Norwich on St George’s Music Shop on 01603 626414 or by delivering the form to St George’s Music Shop, 17-19 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB. Alternatively, you can reply to this e-mail and we will pass it on.

Thank you for your show of support so far, we look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes

Brian Randall

On behalf of the NMLF Friends Steering Group.

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Imperial Vienna Orchestra at Maddermarket Theatre 3 December

A Trip to Africa (Die Afrikareise)
Saturday 3rd December 2016, 7.30pm
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
Concert performance of Franz von Suppé’s long-forgotten comic opera A Trip to Africa or Die Afrikareise. This will be its premiere performance in the UK, and the first worldwide since 1922.
Conducted by Dario Salvi.
Music by the Imperial Vienna Orchestra and the Octagon Singers, with a cast of soloists.
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Norwich Phil at The Halls Saturday 5 November

At St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich
Saturday 5 November 2016, 7.30pm
(please note change of date and time from previous edition)

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus

Susanna Fairbairn soprano
Robert Rice baritone
Matthew Andrews, David Dunnett conductors

Sibelius En Saga
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

Tickets on sale from: Prelude Records, St Giles Street, Norwich Telephone 01603 628319. Info:

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