Tasmin Little supports Sistema in Norwich

Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music supports Norwich Sistema*  both financially and artistically wherever possible. Tasmin Little, who has worked with Sistema projects elsewhere, has kindly agreed to come to Norwich the day before her recital with Martin Roscoe, to work with the children during the day and in the evening of  28 February she will be giving  a Fundraising concert at the John Innes Centre – details below. Several audience members have expressed an interest in making personal contributions to this project and it will be an opportunity to find out more. Please do come along, bring friends if possible, and enjoy a glass of wine and violin playing by one of the foremost artists of our generation.

Saturday 1st March 2014, 7 pm
Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music
John Innes Centre, Norwich

Tasmin Little  – Naked Violin
in support of Norwich Sistema

Patterson: Luslawice Variations Op 50
J S Bach: Partita No 3 in E maj BWV1006 Loure, Gavotte & Gigue
Albeniz: Leyenda
Ysaye: Sonata No 3 ‘Ballade’

Programme approx 90 mins without interval

Tickets £15 to include a glass of wine (£10 if you already have or intend to buy tickets for the 1  March concert. Box office; Prelude 25b St Giles St, Norwich NR2 1JN Tel 01603 628319

Sistema in Norwich is a new and independent project based on the Venezuelan El Sistema music education and social change programme, made famous by the world renowned Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. El Sistema has inspired children all over the world and helped them to improve their life chances.

For three and a half years, NORCA (Norfolk & Norwich Community Arts) was part of a pilot a programme funded by the UK government which provided over 1,000 Norwich school children with musical, social and personal development, and created twoorchestras made up of young children from the Larkman and Catton Grove areas of the city.  Learning from existing work by El Sistema and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra which is the most famous example of what El Sistema can achieve, Norwich has seen the development of a ground-breaking project that improves the lives of some of the city’s most deprived children through participation in music.

The pilot programme was called In Harmony Norwich and was part of a 3-year national pilot that included Norwich, Liverpool and Lambeth, funded by the Department for Education.

When funding for this pilot came to an end Sistema in Norwich was created to continue this work in the existing schools (Catton Grove and Larkman Primary). Additionally, Sistema in Norwich is now available to a wider range of schools and will be more flexible in the way that it delivers music education and social change through music. The priorities are individual and social development through the skills required to learn music, play an instrument, and work as a team member in an orchestra.

Sistema in Norwich is currently supported through the schools’ own budgets, sponsorship and funding from Norfolk Music Hub and local Trusts. In order to develop a full Sistema programme, a fundraising appeal will be launched in the autumn.


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Norwich Baroque concert Saturday 25 January

Saturday 25 January 2014, 7.30pm
Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich

Following the success of our ‘Virtual Tour of Baroque Britain,’ with live programme notes from Norwich born musicologist, writer and radio broadcaster, Simon Heighes, we are pleased to re-run the format for this concert, entitled ‘Water works’. Norwich Baroque will again be joined by sparkling soprano Jayne May-Sysum with music by Handel, Vivaldi and Bach.

The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich

Aude Gotto presents

The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich
Friday 28 February 2014 7.30 pm

Stabat Mater

Vivaldi Stabat Mater and Sonatas al Santo Sepolcro
Ferrandini Il Pianto di Maria (formerly attributed to Handel)
with Sally Bruce-Payne, mezzo

What better way to wish you a Happy New Year than to tell you that you can again look forward to a lovely series of concerts by the Bach Players in the beautiful setting of the Octagon Chapel.

For this first concert they continue their exploration of the story of the passion through the eyes of Mary, this time with Vivaldi’s version of the Stabat Mater and the lesser known but extraordinary piece by Ferrandini, Il Pianto di Maria (Mary’s Lament). You will discover a different side of Vivaldi, less fast and virtuosic, slower and deeply affecting. Two sonatas for strings written by him for Good Friday provide the instrumental balance in this programme. The rich voice and warm presence of star singer Sally Bruce-Payne are wonderfully suited to convey the emotional vibrancy of the music.

The series continues with the summer concert on 10 July, From Venice to Hamburg, featuring unusual instruments such as cornetto and dulcian, and on 6 November, Sleepers Awake! offers rousing Cantatas with the title Wachet auf by Bach and Buxtehude.

Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50
Students: £5 (on the door only)
Under-18s: free

3-concert subscription ticket: £45

online, from Ticket Source
or from Prelude Records

25B St Giles Street, Norwich NR2 1JN, phone 01603 628319, and on the door

State of Play – opportunity for music educators




Starting tonight Wednesday 8 January 2014

A gathering of musician educators who are working with young people and interested in sharing and developing their skills.

CME invites musician educators who work with young people to a series of free training/networking/sharing events taking place on Wednesdays 6-9pm at The Birdcage in Norwich from January to March 2014. Participants can attend all 6 events, or drop into the ones most relevant to their interests/needs.


Each of these informal and focused sessions will be a blend of discussion, guest presentations and practical activity on a particular theme, followed by action planning. Music will be at the heart of activity and there will usually be some form of live performance – an opportunity for a young band showcase, an experiment or other activity related to the main theme. The last hour of the event will be an opportunity to network and socialise.


Sessions will be hosted by CME and chaired by MARK HOWE, Freelance Community Music Practitioner, who has worked with CME for many years, specialising in band skills, engagement, tutor training and junk instrumentation. It is hoped that this series of sessions will inform the wider dialogue about community and voluntary sector arts based practice (this is what goes on here and why)!

Dates, times and session content here:  http://www.cme.org.uk/blog/post.asp?id=5

Sessions are free, but please book your place in advance at http://www.cme.org.uk/booking-form/ (select State of Play). Once we have your details we will contact you to find out which sessions you wish to attend.

For more information please call Clara on 01603 283379 or 07752346662 or email clara.wiseman@cme.org.uk

These sessions are funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music.

Happy New Year to all our followers

The start of another year packed full of concerts and musical productions of one sort or another.

Music in Norwich is due a new edition in March, covering April to September 2014 inclusive. Until then you can find copies of the booklet in the Tourist Information Centre, St Andrew’s Hall, Theatre Royal, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Prelude Records and many other venues bars and cafés.

Or you can download a copy from this website in pdf form. Each month, the concerts page is updated with the coming month’s listing and you can also follow us on Twitter for up to the minute info and general music information. So no excuse for missing a concert.

And if you produce music and would like to be included in the group please get in touch at musicinnorwich@googlemail.com

Don’t forget to follow the blog and good luck for 2014