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