Music in Norwich this weekend, Saturday 28 October

Saturday 28 October, 1pm
St Peter Mancroft Church : Mancroft Music Series

The FitzAlan Consort

Before and After Trent: Catholic Music in Early Modern Europe

Eleanor White contralto
Samuel Kibble tenor
Daniel Wright bass

Saturday 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park

Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Club presents
Vienna Piano Trio

Haydn Trio in B flat, H.XV/20
Wolfgang Rihm Fremde Szene No.1
Schumann Trio D minor, Op.63

Pre-concert talk with the artists at 6.30pm

Saturday 28 October 7.30pm
Octagon Chapel, Colegate Norwich

Matthew Wadsworth presents Musica Transalpina


Musica Transalpina, Octagon Chapel, 28 October, Email Flier

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at Theatre Royal Norwich Sunday 22 October – review

Kicking off the new season of classical concerts tonight at Theatre Royal Norwich was the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra with a programme which complements the Russia Season in Norwich. They performed some of the greatest works from their home country to herald a series of concerts that will bring respected and acclaimed musicians to Norwich programmed by the Theatre Royal team. I was lucky enough to attend although on a windy Sunday evening, the sofa was quite appealing at around 5pm. But how glad I am that I stirred myself into action and a decent dress.

The theatre was full to bursting for this first concert which bodes well for the future and also shows the demand for good quality, large orchestra music in Norwich. They got down to business immediately with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. It was faultless, at least to my ears, with the timing immaculate and the interpretation sensitive and well-paced. I didn’t know any of the pieces beforehand so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and my experience of Prokofiev is limited to listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child at school, but I loved this performance.

A short reset as a long full concert grand piano was brought onto the stage, and soloist Peter Donohoe joined the orchestra, cutting the confident dash of a seasoned musician who knows his worth. Together they played Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 4  – also complex, faultless, dramatic and completely stunning. Again, I don’t know Rachmaninov but the interpretation, especially the piano, took on tones of jazz several times, which made me wonder if this informed the development of jazz in later years.  This was probably my favourite piece and the audience left for the interval with palpable exhilaration in the air.

Back on stage, the third and final piece was Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade. The conductor, Vladimir Altschuler had a mammoth task as he kept every musician on track, with a number of solo interventions in this fast-paced story of the Sultana who kept herself alive by telling stories to the Sultan for 1001 nights. The applause was thunderous and resulted in two short, uplifting encores which sent everyone out into the night feeling excited and happy.

It shows several things – that a full symphony orchestra will fit on the Theatre Royal stage; that the acoustic improvements made in the last refurbishment were well worthwhile and effective – the sound was brilliant; that there is a demand and appreciation of large international orchestras; and that the new CEO of Theatre Royal, Stephen Crocker, is bringing a new and exciting wind with him from his last posting at the Lowry in Salford, Manchester.

There is a  real sense of ambition and more to come so keep a look out in Music in Norwich and the Theatre Royal programme for more exciting developments to the international music programming.

Roddy Williams and Iain Burnside perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at Open Norwich

Roddy Williams flyer

Open Norwich is launching a new ambition of hosting classical music concerts as a development of their existing music offer and to kick it off,  leading baritone Roddy Williams and top accompanist Iain Burnside are performing the first concert on 20 November with Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin.

More information and a link to tickets here –

They will be supported by Norfolk County Youth Orchestra and a composition group from Norwich Music Club.

Britten Sinfonia Academy Open Rehearsal Saturday 14 October 4-5pm

Britten Sinfonia Academy is a great opportunity for young musicians, like a Saturday school. They are offering a chance to see how it all works and talk to people who are already involved next Saturday at Theatre Royal Norwich. They are holding an open rehearsal next week for anyone who would like to find out more about us or may be considering joining the orchestra. It is free to attend but seats must be booked through the website, please let your friends know, or any parents or teenage musicians you may be in contact with



Voice Project Taster session for their Winter Project Tuesday 10 October 7.30pm

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 7.30-9.30pm
The Friends Meeting House, Norwich

Winter Project Taster Session

If you are interested in taking part in the Winter Project  this is a chance to come along, meet the teachers, sing some of the music, and hear about the exciting performance in January 2018. Open to all.
Cost: £5

About the Winter Project
Since 2008, The Voice Project has been creating unique site-specific choral performances. This winter, we’re very excited to be making a new piece to be performed in January 2018. It is the next episode in our series of linked performances following on from Between Stars and The Arms of Sleep (‘one of the most magical nights of my life’ Outline Magazine) exploring themes of dreaming and waking – a point of light in the darkest part of the year.

Rehearsals will start on 17 October with a taster session on Tuesday 10 October. The taster session (£5) will be at the Friends Meeting House, Upper Goat Lane, Norwich NR2 1EW. All music is taught by experienced vocal leaders Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker.

For details, go to our website or contact the project coordinator Iain Lowery.

Sing the winter project
You can join the Voice Project and sing with us. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 17 October at the Friends Meeting House and some Saturdays at the United Reformed Church.

Rehearsal dates:
The Friends Meeting House from 7.30–9.45pm
October 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12,
January 2, 9, 16

The United Reformed Church
Saturday 28 October 28 – 10.30am–4.30pm
Saturday 18 November – 10am–2pm
Saturday 9 December – 10.30am–4.30pm
Saturday 6 January – 10.30am–4.30pm
Saturday 13 January – 10.30am–4.30pm

£110 Standard / £95 Concessions / £130 Donation

Academy of St Thomas – concert in memorium Sunday 15 October 3pm at St Andrew’s Hall

Concert in memoriam to Ivan Cane
Due to the sad loss on 5th September of Ivan Cane, our Honorary Life President and founder, this concert will now be given in memoriam. Christopher Adey will conduct Elgar’s Sospiri for strings and harp to open the concert as our tribute to Ivan.

Oct A5 final