Messiah Britten Sinfonia at The Halls, Norwich tonight Wednesday 16 December


Britten Sinfonia Voices (c) Ben Ealovega 

Britten Sinfonia Voices (c) Ben Ealovega

Carolyn Sampson soprano
Iestyn Davies countertenor
Allan Clayton tenor
Robert Davies bass*
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Eamonn Dougan conductor

Handel Messiah

Handel’s remarkable oratorio Messiah, with its vivid portrayal of biblical scenes and high emotional charge, is staple ‘fare’ in many people’s Christmas musical diet. And rightly so – alongside brilliant solo arias, its magnificent choruses have fired a whole nation’s passion for choral-singing. In this performance Britten Sinfonia are joined by a stellar quartet of soloists for a festive performance that is sure to be both thrilling and jubilant.

In Conversation – 6.30pm (Cambridge & Norwich)
A pre-concert talk about Handel’s Messiah with tonight’s soloists and Dr Martin Ennis (Cambridge)/Roger Rowe (Norwich). Free to ticket holders.

*Due to unforeseen circumstances Christopher Purves is no longer able to perform and will be replaced by Robert Davies as the bass soloist in this programme.

Cambridge performance now returns only.

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Pub gigs 18 December

Richard Shashamané collates this fantastic selection of gigs on a daily basis in Norwich. Check out on Facebook for up-to-the-minute pub gigs.

Friday 18 December 2015

Emily Winng // Cabrakid // White Fright // Maya Law //
Waterfront Studio
7pm doors // 14+
FREE admission to propaganda from 10pm for those 18+
£6 in advance

Propaganda (follows from the 7pm gig)
The Waterfront | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Loads of drink offers plus Rock-It upstairs in the Studio

Jeffrey Lewis + Support
Norwich Arts Centre | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Artist, comic book-writer and musician combines contemplative folk narratives to distortion-fuelled garage rock. £10 adv : £12 door

The Brickmakers | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
+ Tearaway, Free entry!

B2 Venue | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
A night of local metal and rock.

Rum Dogs
Champion | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
From 9pm-11pm

The Lovin’ Handful
Fat Cat Brewery Tap | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
From 8pm

Music House Acoustic(ish) Session
Jurnets Bar 8pm (free but donations welcome. A pint pot will be passed towards the end of the evening)

Snow White
Theatre Royal Norwich | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Traditional Family Pantomime, see website for more details!

Ale Worthy Beats
Rumsey Wells | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
With Sure Delight. Plus Rum Club in the Underbelly!

The Owl Sanctuary | Norwich
18th Dec 2015

Eyebrow Arts: Live In The Moment
Norwich Arts Centre | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Eyebrow Arts creative learning activities embrace the idea that sometimes the process of art-making is the artwork. FREE

Recast Foundry Session
Create | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Al Southgate – Presentation Self-Esteem: The essential ingredient for the artist, the teacher and the learner 7pm

Karl Minns: Raining Diamonds
Norwich Playhouse | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Half of the Nimmo Twins returns with his sell-out solo show. £15.

Wake The Neighbours
The Maids Head | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Don’t miss this fantastic band ! One of The Maids favourites !

Mean Eyed Katz
Walnut Tree Shades | Norwich
18th Dec 2015
Rockabilly music

Vic Salter
The Gatehouse

Kal Lavelle + Lee Gordon + Soham De
18 December at 19:15
St Andrew‘s Church, Norwich

Some lovely gigs at Bicycle Shop and Octagon Chapel in January

These gigs are not classical music but are contemporary and original, mostly involving up-and-coming young locally-based musicians. In varying degrees thay are folk-style, acoustic, musical and lyrical and all are in lovely intimate music venues in Norwich so I hope that you get to come of them

Honey & the Bear – Sunday 17th January at The Bicycle Shop
Honey & The Bear are a roots inspired duo from Suffolk, England. Their softly interweaving vocal harmonies and foot stomping rhythms combine elements of Folk, Americana, Country, Blues and whatever else takes their fancy

Entry £5 / Starts 7:30pm

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Jaz Delorean – Monday 18th January at The Bicycle Shop
Jaz Delorean is a London based British singer, with the band Tankus the Henge and also on his own. He has a colourful past and a fascinating present. The songs that he sings and plays on the piano are tender observations of our fragile and sometimes twisted existence on this planet, taking inspiration from bar-room piano players of the Old West, the mournful melodies of his Cypriot ancestry and a patchwork of comic and tragic stories from growing up around a travelling funfair.

Entry £5 / Starts 8pm

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Will Robert – Monday 25th January at The Bicycle Shop
It’s been two years since singer- songwriter Will Robert walked away from a promising career as a sound engineer to embark on his musical journey.
Entry £6 / Starts 8pm

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This Is The Kit – Thursday 28th January at Octagon Chapel
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit released her third album Bashed Out earlier this year. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, it was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as her breakthrough record.

Entry £12 / Starts 7:30pm

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Jess Morgan & Bryde – Sunday 31st January at The Bicycle Shop
Jess Morgan’s spirited, story-fuelled songs are voice carried over the driving wheels of unfancified claw-hammer-finger-style guitar playing and voice both disarming and delicate in equal parts. Bryde is the brand new solo project from Sarah Howells of Paper Aeroplanes.

Jess Morgan:
Entry £10 / Starts 7:30pm

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Tickets for all shows are available from & Soundclash Records

Two concerts Fauré Quartet

The highly regarded Fauré Piano Quartet from Berlin, visit Norwich this weekend for two concerts, each with a very attractive programme.
John Innes Saturday 12th at 7.30pm and
the Chapel in Park lane Norwich on Sunday 13th at 12 noon.

Saturday 12th December 2015, 7:30pm
John Innes Centre
Fauré Piano Quartet
Pre-concert discussion at 6.30pm
Tickets Prelude 01603 628319

  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K478
  • Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.15
  • Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.60
  • Fauré Piano Quartet:
  • Erika Geldsetzer violin
  • Sascha Frömbling viola
  • Konstantin Heidrich cello
  • Dirk Mommertz piano

“The Fauré Quartet is right up there with the best ensembles you can listen to today.” (Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Sunday 13th December 2015, 12:00 noon
The Chapel, Park Lane
Fauré Quartet
Tickets £12 on the door

  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1, K478
  • Mussorgsky arr. Gruzman: Pictures at an Exhibition

Fauré Quartet website

Concerts in Norwich this weekend

Friday 4 December 6.30pm
Sistema in Norwich Christmas Concert
Octagon Chapel, Colegate

Support Sistema in Norwich by buying special Christmas cards this year available from their website


Saturday 5 December, 1pm
The Young Musicians of St Peter Mancroft

The Choral Scholars, Girls’ Choir & Organ Scholars
Julian Haggett
Jody Butler

Choral music with organ & harp, including
A Ceremony of Carols.


Saturday 5 December 2015, 7.30pm
St. Andrew’s Hall, The Halls, Norwich

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra

Matthew Andrews conductor
Alison Roddy soprano

Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice  
Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne              
Ravel Pavane Pour une Infante Défunte
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances   

This concert has a very French feel with Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice (unforgettably animated in Disney’s Fantasia), the gossamer-like Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte by Ravel and Alison Roddy the vocalist in the delightful and popular Songs of the Auvergne by Canteloube. The concert ends with Rachmaninov’s spectacular Symphonic Dances, showing off the orchestra to dazzling effect.


Sunday 6 December 2015, 3pm
St. Andrew’s Church, Eaton

The Jay Singers

Neil MacKenzie director

Christmas is a-coming and this concert given by one of Norfolk’s most popular choirs is guaranteed to get you in a festive mood!

Their repertoire is diverse, spanning the centuries, and is always delivered with the same care, commitment and infectious enjoyment. The ‘Jays’ have been delighting audiences for nearly two decades and next year the choir celebrates its 20th anniversary.