Mahogany Opera Group come to Norwich Playhouse in May

Music by HK Gruber, libretto by Rudolf Herfurtner, English translation by Amanda Holden. A co-production with Bregenz Festival and Buxton Festival.

Gloria is a lonely pig looking for love. She falls for the butcher and is about to get the chop when Rodney the wild boar comes to her rescue. Amidst the yodelling frogs, blues-singing cows, Hollywood hotdogs and a fascist rally in a pigsty, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pigtaletakes a zany sideswipe at right-wing politics.
Performed by five human sausages and a big band, this ‘cabaret opera’ mixes varied musical styles – jazz, blues, Bavarian umpah, Mahler and Wagner. Frederic Wake-Walker’s production sets the darkly comic piece in a burlesque butcher’s shop with echoes of George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Kander & Ebb’s Cabaret.

Gloria – A Pigtale is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Boltini Trust, John S Cohen Foundation, Fidelio Charitable Trust, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Click on link below for more details of their tour

Trio Con Brio, Copenhagen Saturday 22 March 2014, 7:30pm

The much heralded Con Brio Trio from Copenhagen, who members will remember gave outstanding performances when they were guests of the Henschel Quartet at their chamber music weekend here in 2011, return to Norwich this weekend to play piano trios by Haydn Mendelssohn and Smetana – should be a special occasion

Trio Con Brio from Copenhagen
Saturday 22nd March 2014, 7:30pm

Pre-concert discussion at 6:30pm

at John Innes Centre

•   Programme:
•   Haydn: Piano Trio in C major, Hob.XV:27
•   Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.2, Op.66
•   Smetana: Trio in G minor, Op.15

•   Trio Con Brio:
•   Johannes Søe Hansen violin (in place of Soo-Jin Hong)
•   Soo-Kyung Hong cello
•   Jens Elvekjaer piano

” …one of the finest piano trios on the current scene.”(The New Yorker)

Trio Con Brio website

Big Sky sings for Sweet Arts


Big Sky sings for Sweet Arts

Sweet Arts is a not-for-profit organisation, who design and develop creative and enterprising projects that empower women to make choices that improve their health, employability prospects and general wellbeing. To do that they need support.
Big Sky invites you to a fundraising evening of traditional and contemporary music from around the world. Please come, and let your networks and contacts know

Britten Sinfonia seeks young musicians for the Britten Sinfonia Academy

Britten Sinfonia is seeking gifted young musicians from the East of
England for Britten Sinfonia Academy

Britten Sinfonia, one of the UK’s most acclaimed chamber orchestras, is currently recruiting
talented young musicians of secondary school age from across the East of England for its
youth ensemble, Britten Sinfonia Academy.

The Academy, funded through the Monument Trust, focusses on the things that make Britten
Sinfonia special, including playing without a conductor, performing in small groups, working
with inspiring special guests and improvising, composing and exploring new music and
music of different styles and genres.

Britten Sinfonia is seeking advanced players of orchestra instruments of grade 8 standard or
equivalent (for those who prefer not to take exams) aged 11 to 19 who love to make music
and would like to work with some of the country’s finest chamber musicians. Applicants
should apply via the Britten Sinfonia website . Auditions
will be held during April 2014.

Since its formation in 2012 Britten Sinfonia Academy, alongside courses throughout the
academic year, has performed at venues including London’s Barbican Centre, Cambridge’s
West Road Concert Hall and Norwich’s Theatre Royal, premiered new works written
specially for the ensemble and worked with guest artists including composer Philip Cashian
and violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Imogen, a current Britten Sinfonia Academy member comments:
“Britten Sinfonia Academy is nothing like I’ve ever done before – it’s completely brilliant.
We’ve learnt so much – how to perform in an ensemble better and without a conductor and
we’ve been able to apply what we’ve learnt to our practise back at home.”

For full details of Britten Sinfonia Academy, visit:

Further press information from:
Claire Bowdler on 01223 300795

Ruisi Quartet play at The Chapel Sunday 9 March 2014, 6.30pm

Chapel Concerts 2014/15 at 64 Park Lane, Norwich
Sunday 9 March 2014, 6.30pm

Ruisi Quartet

•   Alessandro Ruisi violin    Guy Button violin
•   Anisa Arslanagic viola    Max Ruisi cello


•  Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op.20, No.2
•  Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, ‘Rosamunde’, D804

The young Ruisi Quartet have been mentored by the Wihan Quartet and in a recent review of a performance in  Germany the critic wrote;-

“This performance was a revelation. Joy and anguish, tenderness and high spirits, they were all there in this understated, refined, masterly performance.”


£10 on the door

Ruisi Quartet website