|Norwich Chamber Music is delighted to offer you three events over the next few weeks, and invites you to book for them.|
1. Zoom talk by Misha Donat on Schumann, Friday April 30th, 6.30 pm
This talk continues the series that Misha began during the winter months on the subjects of “Beethoven” and “Schubert”. Richard Wigmore has also spoken on “Haydn in London”.
Tickets are priced at £5.00, but free of charge to Season ticket holders and Members. You may book now through NCM TicketSource – or call us on 01603 505974 to reserve a place. On April 28th, sign in details will be sent to all who have registered. .
2. NCM 70th Anniversary Zoom party on Friday May 7th, 7.00 pm
The original Music Club held its inaugural meeting on April 28th 1951 under the Presidency of Benjamin Britten. This evening’s anniversary Zoom will consider our history and look to the future. It will be hosted by Christine Webber, and feature:
Gillian Cannell, daughter of Miriam Cannell, concert organiser for 40 years,
Stephen Orton, son in law of Kurt Schwarz, many years Treasurer,
Roger Rowe, our current President, and concert organiser in recent decades,
Misha Donat, current Artistic Director
Fill your glasses and enjoy the celebration!
This event is free of charge, but please book a ticket through NCM TicketSource – or call us on 01603 505974 to reserve a place. On May 5th, sign in details will be sent to all who have registered.
3. The Elias Quartet, John Innes Centre, Saturday May 29th at 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm
Booking is through the Norwich and Norfolk Festival Office or website
Purcell, Henry: Fantasia in D minor z.739
Purcell, Henry: Fantasia in A minor z.740
Haydn, Joseph: String Quartet in G major op. 33 no. 5
Schumann, Robert: String Quartet in A op.41 no.3
This pair of concerts is promoted by NCM as its contribution to the 2021 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. All tickets are being offered through the Festival Box Office on a “Pay what you want” basis.
Priority booking is now available for Season ticket holders. General booking begins on April 15th. You can book through the Festival Website or the Festival Box Office 01603 531800 (opening hours Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat 11am-4pm). You can also book in person at the pop up box office in Chantry Place Shopping Centre, NR1 3SH (Next to Hotel Chocolat) (opening hours Tue; Thu; Sat 11am-4pm) from Thursday 15 April.
We hope we shall see you at some of these events, if not all of them
With our best wishes,
The NCM Committee.
Norwich Chamber Music is hosting a discussion led by Misha Donat about “Schubert”. It will be held on Zoom at 6.00 pm on Sunday February 14th, and follows the highly successful discussion on ‘Beethoven’ that Misha led in December. If you haven’t already signed in, please do so. Everyone is welcome.
If you are a Season ticket Holder or Member, you can register for a complimentary ticket at NCM TicketSource or by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, in either case quoting your Season or Membership number.
Sign in details will be circulated to all who have registered 48 hours before the event.
If you have not already registered, we hope you will be able to attend
Our current plans for concerts are a little uncertain as we emerge from Covid restrictions. As a reminder, these are the dates that we currently plan, and we hope us to welcome you on many of them as regulations permit.
Sunday April 18th Christiane Karg and Simon Lepper (if international travel restrictions permit)
Saturday May 15th Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien (Norwich and Norfolk Festival)
Saturday June 19th Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih (postponed from March 26th)
Saturday June 26th Paul Lewis (postponed from March 6th)
Saturday July 3rd Laurence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips (postposed from February 14th)
Saturday July 17th Pavel Kolesnikov (postponed from September 12th 2020)
The programmes originally planned are shown on our website, These may well change, however, particularly if social distancing arrangements cause us to offer two shorter concerts to limited audiences.
With best wishes to everyone, and let’s all hope for a speedy return to some form of normal life.
Norwich Chamber Music
In optimism that by April we will be able to attend events again, Norfolk County Youth Music are offering a 4 day course for young musicians. For details of who it is for and how to apply, watch the film (link below) or visit www.ncym.co.uk
NCYM Orchestral course April – (fingers crossed!)
Rossini Overture, The Barber of Seville
Beethoven, Symphony no. 5
Dates: Monday 5th April – Thursday 8th April 2021
Venue: St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
Time: Daily, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Britten Sinfonia: Bach’s Christmas Magnificat
Friday 18 December 2020, 5.30pm & 8pm
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
A seasonal choral programme combining celebratory jubilation with the contemplation and mystery of the Christmas story. Morten Lauridsen’s exquisitely layered, luminous meditation for voices has become a much-loved, contemporary choral classic, and is described by its composer as “a quiet song of profound inner joy”. It contrasts vividly in this programme with Corelli’s joyous Christmas concerto – with its final movement Pastorale depicting the shepherds at Bethlehem – and Bach’s great setting of the Magnificat, heard here in its original version that includes additional Christmas movements; exuberant and uplifting in equal measure. Stephen Layton, one of the world’s most celebrated choral conductors, brings with him a consort of accomplished soloists that include soprano Julia Doyle and mezzo Helen Charlston.
Please click here to read more about what we are doing to keep you safe during our socially distanced performances.
TICKETS FROM £12: https://brittensinfonia.com/event/magnificat-2/
Rouen is a city in Normandy which is twinned with Norwich in Norfolk, East Anglia.
Ensemble Variances is based in Rouen and led by composer and pianist Thierry Pécou. The ensemble has been developing relationships with Music in Norwich and elsewhere in the UK. It is their 10th anniversary this month and the gala concert they had planned has been cancelled so they have devised an online series instead.
Thierry and the Ensemble have the pleasure of inviting you to an online celebration concert via this link which will become active on Thursday 10 December at 9pm (8pm UK time) or via the attached invitation flyer
The Ensemble were due to play a celebratory concert, NAHASDZÁÁN in Besançon in France on 10 December, which has sadly had to be cancelled.
Rather than be confounded by Covid, they have programmed instead a three-concert series to be shown via YouTube starting on 10 December at 9pm French time, 8pm UK time,with Nahasdzaan (Mother Nature in the Glittering World), followed by two more on 25 December and 10 January, Outre-Mémoire (Beyond Memory) and Méditation (link available later).
Each concert will be available until the next concert is launched and we will post updated links beforehand (10 December, 25 December and 10 January).
We hope that you will be able to join us for the celebration event on 10 December 8pm UK time, 9pm in France or if not, to enjoy the concert series in your own time as the links will stay live for a while.
The ensemble looks forward to returning to live performance in the new year and hope that they will see some of you at their concerts either in the UK or in France.
You can find out more about Ensemble Variance and the concerts on the website as well as other projects they have been involved in
Majestic Renaissance music, the striking surroundings of the Tate Modern in London, and a deeply moving experience for us all.
There’s no piece of music like Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium. It’s one of the most iconic works for the human voice, featuring the choir of 40 independent singers and interweaving lines of music.
Written 450 years ago in 1570, it’s a masterpiece of composition. Writing for 40 different voices requires elaborate musical architecture. Often the voices join one by one and sing in different combinations, but several times in the 10-minute piece, all 40 voices enter at the same time. The sound is majestic and overwhelming.
It’s a piece that’s often sung in big, distinctive acoustics like cathedrals or cavernous basilicas. In May 2020, the leading British choir ORA Singers and their founder and director Suzi Digby planned to sing it somewhere quite different: one of London’s most strikingly modern spaces.
The Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames is one of the world’s most iconic galleries, with huge austere rooms situated in a massive Victorian former power station. The performance was to take place in the building’s Turbine Hall, to coincide with Tate Modern’s 20th birthday.
Dear Members, supporters and friends,
Norwich Chamber Music is disappointed that because of Covid quarantine measures, Norwich Chamber Music must cancel the concerts with Jörg Widmann next weekend, and the visit of the Dudock Quartet. We share your sadness that these concerts cannot occur.
We are delighted to announce, however, that Pavel Kolesnikov, will now give two recitals in the John Innes Conference Centre on Saturday 7 November 2020.
Full social distancing procedures will be in place. His programme embraces many of the works originally planned for us on September 12th, and will include:
Liszt. Transcendental Étude No.8 (“Wilde Jagd”) and La Cloche Sonné S.238
Scriabin. Op.51 No.4, Danse Languide and Op.51 No.3 Poème Aile
Liszt. Transcendental Étude No. 6 (“Vision”) and Wiegenlied S. 198
Scriabin Sonate No.2 Op.19
Liszt Élegie No.2 S.197
Beethoven Sonata in D minor Op.31 No.2 (“Tempest”)
The 60 minute programme will be played twice, at 3pm and again at 6pm. To meet track and trace regulations for each performance, special ticketing arrangements are needed even for those with existing season tickets. Those without tickets cannot be admitted. Further information from St Georges Music Shop 01603 626414.
For everyone’s safety, the seating capacity in the Hall will be limited. Tickets will be available to all from 12.00 noon on Wednesday October 28th, The arrangements for Season ticket holder have been sent to them separately. The general price at either concert is £20, reduced to £15 for Members. We regret that under the current social distancing regulations, availability may be limited.
You should purchase your ticket in the normal way through our website or directly from Ticket Source https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/norwichchambermusic or at St George’s Music Shop in Norwich 01603 626414.
A limited number of seats will be available for wheelchair users or those unable to use stairs. Write to us at email@example.com to confirm availability.
What to expect at the concert:Entry only for those who hold tickets in advance2 metre distance to be kept wherever possibleClear signs and helpful stewards Audience members will be required to wear face coverings (unless exempt through Government guidelines).Hand sanitiser for your use on entryNo printed material will be used – no tickets on sale, no programmes or programme notes. Programmes will be sent online in advance.A “one way system” into and out of the Hall and for toilet facilitiesReduced capacity in the concert Hall, with socially distanced seating.You will be directed to a seat, and will not be able to choose itOnce in your seat, do not leave at the end until directed by ushers,Shorter performances (about 1 hour) with no intervalNo refreshments No socializing in John Innes foyerRegular and thorough cleaning of the Hall, foyer and toilets before and after concertsThe cloakroom will be closed
For our full policy on Covid-19 please refer to our website following this link www.norwichchambermusic.org.uk
Assuming no new regulations affect our plans, we are looking forward to two excellent performances by Pavel Kolesnikov. We hope you feel able to come, and if so, much look forward to seeing you on the November 7th
The Chair and Committee
Norwich Chamber Music
Mancroft Music returns in October with a series of organ and piano recitals,
on Saturdays at 1pm. Admission is free.
10th October – George Inscoe, organ
17th – Sohyun Park, piano
24th – Dr Anthony Gritten, organ
31st – Constance Chow, piano
Although there are still restrictions on numbers attending events at the church because of the need for social distancing, we are hopeful that all those wishing to attend in person will be able to do so.
However, if numbers are large, we’re unable to guarantee a place for everyone, and we’d advise arriving in good time so you can make sure of your seat. Or you can watch from home as the performances will be live-streamed on the St Peter Mancroft YouTube channel. You can set a reminder by following the link. St Peter Mancroft YouTube
Introducing Meurig Bowen
Meurig Bowen joined Britten Sinfonia last month from BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales as the new Chief Executive & Artistic Director.
Find out a little more about Meurig below in this exclusive Q&A.
WHERE HAS YOUR WORK TAKEN YOU BEFORE BRITTEN SINFONIA?
Over three decades, I’ve been really fortunate to work in a range of music management roles. First of all, there were six-year stints with The Hilliard Ensemble in London and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney. I directed the Lichfield Festival for four years and the Cheltenham Music Festival for a decade, and in between I was Head of Programming at the Aldeburgh Festival/Snape Maltings. Most recently, I’ve been Head of Artistic Planning for BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales. Being close to all that hugely varied and classy music-making has been an enormous privilege.
DID THE INTEREST IN MUSIC COME FROM HOME OR ELSEWHERE?
My father was a concert and opera singer, and so music was a big part of my life from early on – it’s likely that I attended more Messiahs, Verdi Requiems and Gerontiuses than any other under-18 on the planet (and the cool-gang would say this is nothing to be proud of). I was a chorister in my local, North London parish church choir, and that set me up for getting a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, where I studied music. I am also a long-lapsed viola player. The high points were playing Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra – conducted by the composer, no less – and hacking my way through Brandenburg 6 with fellow King’s string players in the college chapel.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN YOUR NEW ROLE?
Just as David Butcher did so brilliantly himself for so long, I aim to be an enabler for the musicians – to deliver for them the performing opportunities, and the audiences, so that they can be as fulfilled and inspiring as possible. That means keeping the programming as fresh as it’s always been, and striving to maximise the musicians’ contact points in the community. The social and geographical reach of Britten Sinfonia will be as important going forwards as its undoubted artistic range and quality.
WHAT ABOUT COVID AND ITS EFFECT ON MUSIC AND MUSICIANS?
Obviously, this six-month shutdown of music-making has been devastating – for the livelihoods of musicians as much as their sense of being and purpose. So many have missed the enriching effect that live, communal music-making can have. Lockdown montage videos online have been ingenious, but they were a means to an end, and we need to rebuild urgently the artist-audience bond of live performance. COVID presents us with great challenges going forward, but the need to create new live performance formats that are COVID-compliant is a great opportunity for resourceful and imaginative thinking. Watch this space…
WHICH COMPOSERS OF THE PAST ARE YOU MOST DRAWN TO?
I don’t know whether there’s a thread running through the following but here goes: Bach, Schubert’s songs and chamber music, Verdi and Puccini operas, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Ravel, some Stravinsky and Shostakovich, a lot of 20th century British music. There are some very fine tunesmiths amongst those I guess, and little of it is overly cerebral. But in listing those, some of my most-loved music gets sidelined: Mozart concertos, Beethoven’s Eroica symphony, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Strauss’s Metamorphosen…it’s so tough to narrow down! And I’m also drawn to the lives and music of a couple of musical oddballs, the eccentric visionaries Percy Grainger and Erik Satie.
AND THE LIVING ONES?
I was very fortunate to get to know Arvo Pärt when working for The Hilliard Ensemble. The best of his pieces really affect me (Tabula Rasa above all others), and so I’d rank him and Steve Reich as the two elderly greats of our time. Having said that, Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus last year at ENO was mind-blowingly good, and the most recent new orchestral piece I heard that really made an impression was Anders Hillborg’s startling Through Lost Landscapes. I try to keep my ears open at all times.
WHAT ELSE, APART FROM MUSIC, FILLS YOUR LIFE?
If the COVID lockdown has delivered any positives, it’s been bonus time with my wife and daughter. That’s been very precious.
But generally…getting out into the UK’s more dramatic landscapes, travelling further afield when time allows, getting better in the kitchen, aiming for a balanced and nutritious diet of books (fiction mainly), TV and film.
And then there’s the sport. Cricket still captivates me, even if it has to be mainly via TV highlights and Test Match Special (I refuse to sign up to Sky). Rugby interests me less and less – it’s too calculating now, too pumped up. I used to play tennis, and still hope to do so again, and I manage to play golf a few times a year. The last time I played cricket was in a match I organised with David Butcher no less – Aldeburgh versus Britten Sinfonia. Each side enlisted some visiting Tibetan monks in Snape to make up the numbers. True…
MEURIG BOWEN has been appointed Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Britten Sinfonia, succeeding David Butcher.
Dr Jerome Booth, Chairman of Britten Sinfonia’s Board of Trustees comments:
“Britten Sinfonia has always been fearless in its approach to music making and Meurig shares our sense of energy and inquiry. He is an experienced and adventurous programmer and a passionate advocate for reaching wider audiences with music of the highest quality and ambition. The match between his dynamic approach and one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras is an enticing one and we look forward to welcoming him this summer.’’
Meurig Bowen comments:
“I’ve been a long-time admirer of Britten Sinfonia’s distinctive musicianship and the vitality and sheer excellence of its music making. It’s therefore a great joy to be able to follow in David Butcher’s footsteps and to work with Britten Sinfonia’s virtuoso musicians, highly committed staff and board to help shape an invigorating future for one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras.”
Meurig succeeds David Butcher, who has left Britten Sinfonia to take up the post of Chief Executive of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra from September 2020.
There are just a couple of returns for each of these concerts on Sunday if anyone would like them – £20 each, Roger
SUNDAY 20th September at 2pm & 6.30pm
Carolyn Sampson and Matthew Wadsworth present a programme of some of their favourite 17th century songs, touching all corners of society. From plaintive folk songs and ballads to the genius and depths of Dowland, Johnson and Purcell. Music was played and heard, in the street, at home, in religious settings and in the theatre, just like today. At the centre of the programme is Echos in air by Laura Snowden – a wonderfully hypnotic work for solo theorbo, written for Matthew Wadsworth in 2019.
Anon: I will give my love an apple
Lord Willoughby’s welcome home
John Dowland (1563-1626)
Fortune my foe (lute solo)
In darkness let me dwell
If my complaints
Robert Johnson (1583-1633)
O let us howl
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Echos in air (solo theorbo)
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Amidst the shades
The fatal hour
An evening hymn
ALSO PLEASE NOTE SLIGHT AMENDMENTS TO FUTURE CONCERTS
THERE WILL NOW BE TWO PERFORMANCES OF THE ZOFFANY QUINTET
Sunday 8th November at 4pm & 6.30pm
Manon Derome violin Catherine Musker viola
Michael Dussek piano Tony Pleeth cello
Beethoven; Piano Quartet No 3 in C major
Brahms; Piano Quartet No 2 in A major Op 26
AND CHIAROSCURO QUARTET
Monday 16th November at 3pm & 7pm
Mozart Prussian Quartets
No 21 in D major K575
No 22 in B flat K589
No 23 in F major K590