Lockdown updates

Norwich Chamber Music

With true creative resilience, many organisations are bouncing back with online activities to keep us going during tis strange lockdown period. This post has been pulled together by Norwich Chamber Music group to give you an easy-access set of links

Although live concerts, as we know them, have been put on hold, you can get ready for a festival of delights– the Wigmore Hall will be presenting a lunchtime concert every weekday in June, played live to an empty house (In full compliance with current guidelines) and relayed via Radio 3.  Recitals will also be available on the Wigmore Hall website and BBC Sounds for the following month.  Perhaps an excuse to sit with a glass of wine and imagine you’re in the concert hall (with extra benefits!).  Please read the article below for further information.  A full programme of artists can be found on the Wigmore Hall website – many of the performers are alumni of the JIC concerts.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/may/12/glimmer-of-hope-leading-performers-return-to-londons-wigmore-hall

For those of you who enjoy an occasional visit to the world of full orchestral music, American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has created a series of video lectures, liberally illustrated by the San Francisco Symphony, exploring some of the symphonic masterpieces of the repertoire.  The series is called Keeping Score, and it’s well worth a look: https://michaeltilsonthomas.com/keeping-score/

Some of us are thinking regretfully of the cancelled 2020 Glyndebourne festival. But there’s some consolation in their programme of streamed past performances, which begins on Sunday 24th May.  See here for details:
https://www.glyndebourne.com/openhouse/
Why opera matters, a programme from Glyndebourne by Petroc Trelawny, first broadcast in 2014https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b048bghw
Glyndebourne operas also available on Radio 3.

And here’s a reminder of the range of continuing on-line treats:
An excellent summary of global online resources featuring classical music, opera, theatre and dance is on Bachtrack:
https://bachtrack.com

This Guardian page automatically updates, so you can use the click-through week after week
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/16/classical-music-opera-livestream-at-home-coronavirus?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Great musicians have opened their houses or played in empty concert halls on a daily basis to share their music with audiences around the world.   We particularly enjoyed daily twitter concerts by Igor Levit (see recent New Yorker magazine article about this great pianist, link below).
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/18/igor-levit-is-like-no-other-pianist?utm_source=onsite-share&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker
 Igor Levit has now finished his two month run of nightly house concerts on Twitter (52 concerts), but you can still catch up with his wonderful series of mini recitals.

Lockdown listening
Whatever you’re listening to – whether on-line streams, forgotten or unplayed CD from the back of the shelf, recommendations from friends, familiar favourites, new discoveries, Radio 3 – we’d be delighted to hear something about your experience of music under lockdown.  Just send us a few sentences (or more if you’re feeling inspired) to share with the members of our community.  We’ll edit, and circulate in the next newsletter.  Think of it as an ongoing concert-interval conversation!

For now, we hope you’re all keeping well, enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you at the John innes centre for teh next season

Peter Lawson
Chairman

Norwich Chamber Music

Bach Players concert cancelled on Sunday 29 March 2020

Gotto presents

I am writing to let you know that the Bach Players’ concert at The Octagon Chapel on Sunday 29 March has been cancelled, because of the present Corona virus crisis. Those of you who have bought tickets online are being automatically refunded by TicketSource. If you have any questions, do get in touch by replying to this email.

We plan to hold this concert in March 2021, and we very much hope to see you later this year for our two further concerts at The Octagon Chapel.

Meanwhile, we can take solace in recorded music. From our own CDs, we have uploaded for public listening our recording of J.S. Bach’s Cantata ‘Widerstehe doch der Sünde’ (BWV 54), which we recorded in 2011 for our album Pachelbel and Bach. The singer is Sally Bruce-Payne. (This is the cantata for today: the 3rd Sunday in Lent – Oculi.)

To listen, click here.

With all good wishes,
Nicolette Moonen
The Bach Players

Chamber concert cancelled 22 March 2020 – message from the Chair

Norwich Chamber Music

The Health and Safety of our Members and audiences is our first consideration; therefore the concert by the Albion Quartet on Sunday 22nd March 2020 at 3:00PM has been cancelled. This is due to the UK government advice issued on 16 March 2020 in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

If you have booked online, or by telephone with TicketSource, we will initiate a refund for the value of the tickets and booking fee. You will receive a notification of the refund process in a separate email.
We are grateful to the Albion Quartet for having offered to come to Norwich in place of the Brentano Quartet, and disappointed that we cannot now accept this offer.

Any decisions on the concert by Trio Wanderer on April 18th, and by Richard Goode on May 16th will be taken in light of circumstances nearer the time.

We are sorry to disappoint our audience but trust that you will understand our decision on this occasion..

With best wishes

Peter Lawson
Chairman
Norwich Chamber Music

Cancellations due to Covid-19

As you will no doubt already know, many public events are being cancelled, unavoidably, due the dangers of the corona-virus Covid-19.

Our thoughts are with those that are already affected and those that will be in the future, and we will try to keep you updated as and when our Music in Norwich members let us know – but do make sure you check with venues before you attend any advertised concerts in case they are cancelled too

Cancelled – due to Covid-19 Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Thursday 19 March

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra warmly invite you to join them for their spring concert ‘Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony’ on Thursday 19 March at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

Massing more than 200 performers on stage, comprising students, staff and members of the local community, the choir and orchestra will perform Lili Boulanger’s noble graveside oration, Pour les Funerailles d’un Soldat, Gabriel Fauré’s gentle and profound Requiem and Camille Saint-Saëns’ glorious Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78.

Fauré is the presiding genius of this programme. The gentle, profound Requiem carries the title ‘Choral Favourite’ with grace and dignity. Its touchstone capacity to reflect a deeply human longing is seemingly inexhaustible. The meteoric Lili Boulanger was both a student and a musical confidante of Fauré. Her noble graveside oration comes from the same year as she became the first ever female winner of the Prix de Rome. Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony comes from the years of his greatest fame. Glorious music conceals forward thinking, formal innovation and a search for musical unity.
The choir and orchestra will be joined in their performance of Fauré’s Requiem by Jenny Stafford (soprano) and Jake Muffett (baritone)

Tickets cost £4 – £12. Tickets are available to purchase: by phone or in person from St George’s Music Shop (Tel: 01603 626414, Address: St George’s Music Shop, 17-19 St Georges St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB), online from www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events/tickets, or on the door (cash or cheque only).

For further information about the concert, please visit: www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events, email: musicevents@uea.ac.uk, phone: 01603 593948, or follow @UEAConcerts on Twitter and UEA Music Centre on Facebook.

Academy of St Thomas with Simon Papanas, Saturday 7 March 7.30pm

Greek virtuoso violinist Simos Papanas makes his UK concerto debut this March with AST at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

The concert begins with Fauré’s rich and evocative Pelléas & Mélisande Suite, which includes the famous Sicilienne for flute and harp. Saint-Saëns’ lyrical Violin Concerto No.3 will be performed by Simos Papanas.

Rounding off the evening is Dvorák’s rarely heard and charming Symphony No 4 in D minor.  Full of Czech lyricism and rhythms, it has a beautiful slow movement influenced by Wagner.

BUY TICKETS HERE

or at St George’s Music Shop
by telephone or visit
Norwich NR3 1AB – Tel 01603 626414

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Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music presents Beethoven Weekend with James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong 15/16 February 2020

James Ehnes

James Ehnes

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020

Beethoven violin sonatas

James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong piano

Programme 1 Saturday 15 February 7.30pm
Sonata in F, Op.24 (‘Spring’) Sonata in A, Op.30 No.1 Sonata in C minor, Op.30 No.2

Programme 2 Sunday 16 February 3pm

Sonata in G, Op.30 No.3 Sonata in A, Op.47 (‘Kreutzer’) Sonata in G, Op.96

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong complete the cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas which they began last season. Among the famous works in these two concerts are the lyrical ‘Spring’ Sonata Op.24, the dramatic Sonata in C minor Op.30 No.2, and the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata Op.47.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra Sunday 9 February 2020, 7.30pm at Theatre Royal Norwich

 

Icelandic Orchestra

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Ravel Left Hand Piano Concerto
Thorvalsdottir Aireality
Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: 6.30pm
in Targetfollow Room, Norwich Theatre Royal

For details of the whole Theatre Royal programme please check the website or pick up a brochure.

https://norwichtheatre.org/ to book
Box office Tel 01603 630000

Britten Sinfonia in Norwich : Curlew River with Ian Bostridge

BRITTEN SINFONIA
CURLEW RIVER WITH IAN BOSTRIDGE

Friday 27 March, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall

Inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, Benjamin Britten’s church parable is a once heard, never forgotten work. Celebrated tenor Ian Bostridge heads a starry cast to reprise his acclaimed interpretation of the Madwoman, alongside Britten Sinfonia Voices and musicians directed by Martin Fitzpatrick.

For more information check here