Ensemble East in Aylsham, Norfolk

Sunday 1 May 2022, 3.30pm
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Aylsham 

Kathryn Parry

Mendelssohn The Fair Melusine Overture, Op 32
Haydn Symphony No. 49 (La Passione)
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Philip Hesketh conductor

Kathryn Parry, leader

The Fair Melusine is a concert overture of sweet rippling music loosely describing a confusing storyline including a water nymph. A good opener for what’s to follow. 

Haydn’s Passione must be truly one of the finest classical symphonies ever written – dark drama and turbulence, melancholy leading to rising passion. 

About Beethoven Symphony no 7. composer Antony Hopkins says: “The Seventh Symphony perhaps more than any of the others gives us a feeling of true spontaneity; Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as “one of my best works”. Who are we to dispute his judgment?

Join us to celebrate two of the finest symphonies ever written. 

Tickets are £15 and £5 for under-18s, available from
J B Postle and Son, 32 Market Place, Aylsham, on the door and online at Ticketsource.co.uk/Ensemble-East

Ensemble East is a well-known chamber orchestra focusing on intensity, energy, and intimacy, producing interpretations of classical music that are always spontaneous. The orchestra produces dynamic and vital performances that develop freely and naturally, revealing an infectious love for the music.

Ensemble East will be conducted for the next three concerts by Philip Hesketh, a familiar and welcome face on the Norfolk music scene.

We are most grateful to Kathryn Parry, of the celebrated Brook Street Band, for agreeing to guest lead our May concert. 

Britten Sinfonia in Norwich

Friday 22 April 2022, 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Hall, The Halls,
St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU

мир / Peace

Alissa Firsova Stages (world premiére)
Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra 
Prokofiev arr. Barshai Visions Fugitives (alternating with solo piano originals)
Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings

Mishka Rushdie Momen piano
Matilda Lloyd trumpet
Thomas Gould director/violin
Britten Sinfonia

A distinctly Russian evening with rising stars Mishka Rushdie Momen and Matilda Lloyd. 

Shostakovich’s virtuosic Concerto is paired with Prokofiev’s whimsical Visions Fugitives, the original solo piano version alternating with an arrangement with orchestra. 

Tchaikovsky’s glorious Serenade for Strings and a new work by Russian-British composer Alissa Firsova complete the programme.

Tickets: £35, £30, £35, £15

Just over 25 years ago, Britten Sinfonia was established as a bold re-imagining of the conventional image of a chamber orchestra. 

A flexible ensemble of some of the UK’s leading soloists and chamber musicians came together with a unique vision: to collapse the boundaries between old and new music, to collaborate with composers, performers and guest artists across artforms and genres; and to create involving, intelligent music events that both audiences and performers experience with an unusual intensity.

All of Britten Sinfonia’s performances in Norwich can be booked via the Theatre Royal box office, in person or via 01603 6300000 or online athttp://www.brittensinfonia.com

UKRAINE FUNDRAISING CONCERT Sunday 24th April  at 6.30 pm

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich

The distinguished pianist JAMES LISNEY has kindly agree to donate his fee to the UKRAINIAN DISASTER FUND – details below. Tickets are £30 each and the whole sum together with any other donations will be handed over to the Fund. There are still seats available and I would naturally  like to welcome support from as many as possible, so hope that you can make it, Roger


Beethoven Recital

Bagatelle No.25 in A min (Für Elise) 
​Diabelli Variations  Op.120

Tickets £30 each

Reservations rrowe@paston.co.uk or www.norwichchapelconcerts.org.uk

The distinguished pianist James Lisney is giving his services free for this recital and all receipts will go to the Relief Fund. Many Ukrainian musicians have been deeply affected by recent events including the pianist Anna Federova who has given recitals in Norwich in recent years.

Coming up this week, Gypsy Swing Jazz at Oxnead Hall Tuesday 19 April


Tuesday April 19th 2020
Oxnead Hall, Aylsham NR10 5HP

Garden and wine from 6.30pm, music begins at 7.30pm
£25 inc. wine

Oxnead Hall provides the setting for a unique recital of gypsy swing jazz in the style of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, performed by international harpist Ben Creighton Griffiths and New York’s leading gypsy jazz violinist Adrien Chevalier.

You are invited to arrive from 6.30 and enjoy a glass of wine and a stroll around the garden before the music begins at 7.30.

In aid of The Norfolk Churches Trust.


Still in his mid-twenties, Ben has earned an international reputation as a jazz harpist since winning
1st prize in the under 18 Lily Laskin Harp competition in Paris at the age of 11. He has toured widely in Europe, as well as in the US, Canada, and Brazil.

Ben writes and publishes his own jazz and classical arrangements for harp and has also released 4 CDs, the latest in 2021 entitled La Vie En Rose, a selection of gypsy jazz and swing classics.

Born in Provence, both Adrien’s parents were professional violinists and he studied at Avignon Conservatoire before moving to Paris where he developed a passion for gypsy jazz and eastern European music forming Pad Brapad, an ensemble specialising in Balkan music which performed extensively throughout Europe. In 2011 Adrien moved to New York where he co-founded the highly regarded Avalon Jazz Band with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie and has since become a leading member of the traditional swing jazz community there. He tours regularly in the US, Europe and Asia.

Changes to Assembly House Series and Chapel Concerts in Norwich

Unfortunately the NEAVE TRIO have had to postpone their European tour due to travel difficulties. This means that their Chapel concert this coming Friday 15 April has been postponed until early July (date to be confirmed).

 It also means that they will not be here for their  Assembly House lunchtime concert on Thursday 14th. However we are fortunate that, with the help of YCAT (Young Concert Artists Trust), we have managed to secure a brilliant young Trio led by pianist ARIEL LANE who won 3rd Prize at last years’ Leeds Piano Competition. It has been necessary to change the programme which will now be: 


Thursday 14 April at 1pm  

Charlie Lovell-Jones – violin  
Yoanna Prodanova – cello        
Ariel Lanyi   – piano

Beethoven; Piano Trio in E flat Op 70 No 2
Schumann; Piano Trio No 3 in G minor Op 110

All previously booked tickets for the Neave Trio will remain valid.

Tickets on the door or online via website