Lockdown updates

Norwich Chamber Music

With true creative resilience, many organisations are bouncing back with online activities to keep us going during tis strange lockdown period. This post has been pulled together by Norwich Chamber Music group to give you an easy-access set of links

Although live concerts, as we know them, have been put on hold, you can get ready for a festival of delights– the Wigmore Hall will be presenting a lunchtime concert every weekday in June, played live to an empty house (In full compliance with current guidelines) and relayed via Radio 3.  Recitals will also be available on the Wigmore Hall website and BBC Sounds for the following month.  Perhaps an excuse to sit with a glass of wine and imagine you’re in the concert hall (with extra benefits!).  Please read the article below for further information.  A full programme of artists can be found on the Wigmore Hall website – many of the performers are alumni of the JIC concerts.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/may/12/glimmer-of-hope-leading-performers-return-to-londons-wigmore-hall

For those of you who enjoy an occasional visit to the world of full orchestral music, American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has created a series of video lectures, liberally illustrated by the San Francisco Symphony, exploring some of the symphonic masterpieces of the repertoire.  The series is called Keeping Score, and it’s well worth a look: https://michaeltilsonthomas.com/keeping-score/

Some of us are thinking regretfully of the cancelled 2020 Glyndebourne festival. But there’s some consolation in their programme of streamed past performances, which begins on Sunday 24th May.  See here for details:
https://www.glyndebourne.com/openhouse/
Why opera matters, a programme from Glyndebourne by Petroc Trelawny, first broadcast in 2014https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b048bghw
Glyndebourne operas also available on Radio 3.

And here’s a reminder of the range of continuing on-line treats:
An excellent summary of global online resources featuring classical music, opera, theatre and dance is on Bachtrack:
https://bachtrack.com

This Guardian page automatically updates, so you can use the click-through week after week
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/mar/16/classical-music-opera-livestream-at-home-coronavirus?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Great musicians have opened their houses or played in empty concert halls on a daily basis to share their music with audiences around the world.   We particularly enjoyed daily twitter concerts by Igor Levit (see recent New Yorker magazine article about this great pianist, link below).
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/18/igor-levit-is-like-no-other-pianist?utm_source=onsite-share&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker
 Igor Levit has now finished his two month run of nightly house concerts on Twitter (52 concerts), but you can still catch up with his wonderful series of mini recitals.

Lockdown listening
Whatever you’re listening to – whether on-line streams, forgotten or unplayed CD from the back of the shelf, recommendations from friends, familiar favourites, new discoveries, Radio 3 – we’d be delighted to hear something about your experience of music under lockdown.  Just send us a few sentences (or more if you’re feeling inspired) to share with the members of our community.  We’ll edit, and circulate in the next newsletter.  Think of it as an ongoing concert-interval conversation!

For now, we hope you’re all keeping well, enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to seeing you at the John innes centre for teh next season

Peter Lawson
Chairman

Norwich Chamber Music

Assembly House Classical present Brodsky Quartet to start the year in style

The first Assembly House Classical concert of the year is the Brodsky Quartet next Thursday, 9th of January at 1pm at the beautiful Assembly House.

The Brodsky Quartet are one of the top string quartets in the country. They have recorded soundtracks for film and TV as well as working with artists like Bjork and Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. Start the year off by coming to this wonderful concert.

Booking details: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brodsky-quartet-tickets-82832753997

https://www.brodskyquartet.co.uk

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.

“There was a pause of almost a minute before the audience applauded – testimony to the spell that the new-look Brodsky Quartet had cast.

…it was obvious to all that the “new era” will be as exciting as all those that have gone before.”​
Limelight Magazine

“…the players gave unstintingly of their passion and energies, playing with a spirit so transformational you felt they were actually improving the world.”  The Strad

Assembly House Classical presents Benjamin Baker Thursday 13 June 1pm

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Thursday 13 June 2019, 1pm

Benjamin Baker violin

Ysaye Sonata No 2 in A minor, Op 27 No 2 ‘Obsession’
JS Bach Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Full details, programme and booking details here
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/benjamin-baker-violin-tickets-52954946671

Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music at John Innes Centre Sunday 7 April 3pm

 

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Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Club presents…

Sunday 7 April 2019, 3pm

James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong,
piano

Beethoven

Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1
Violin Sonata in A, Op.12 No.2
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.23
Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.12 No.3

(The cycle will be completed next season, 2019-2020)

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong begin their journey through the Beethoven violin sonatas with the first four works of the series. The triptych, Op.12, shows the young composer’s style at its most wilfully subversive, from the energy of the opening work and the elegant wit of the middle sonata to the dazzling virtuosity of the last in the series. More mysterious and subdued is the highly compressed A minor Sonata Op.23.

Pre-concert talk by Misha Donat 1.45pm

http://www.norwichchambermusic.co.uk/event/james-ehnes-andrew-armstrong/

Assembly House Classical Lunchtime concert Thursday 28 March 1pm

 

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19 Year Old Saxophonist ROB BURTON – one of the stars of the BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018 – will be in Norwich on Thursday 1pm for one of the Assembly House classical lunchtime concerts. Those of us who watched the televised final last year will not forget Rob’s charismatic performance. He brings with him pianist CHRISTINE ZERAFA for an exciting programme details below;-

Music Room, Assembly House, Norwich
Thursday March  28 at 1pm

Tickets on the door or online www.assemblyhouseclassical.evenbrite.com

Rob Burton (saxophone) & Christine Zerafa (piano)
BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018

Programme
Debussy; Saxophone Rhapsodie
Paul Creston; Saxophone Sonata Op.19
Marcello; Concerto in D minor
Robert Planel; Prelude et Saltarelle
Pedro Iturralde; Pequena Czarda

https://www.robburtonsax.co.uk/
https://www.oxfordlieder.co.uk/artist/223

Assembly House Musical and other concerts coming up this month

Sometimes all the good things is life come at once and if you are a classical chamber music buff this is it!

The lunchtime Assembly House concert this Thursday 19 April features a rare visit from the Hungarian born KATONA TWINS the finest Guitar duo in the world to-day.

The next BRITTEN SINFONIA lunchtime concert this month is on Friday at St Andrew’s Hall – always a stimulating experience.

Then Friday evening the NAVARRA QUARTET will give an all Schubert concert at The Chapel Park Lane at 7.30pm. but perhaps the highlight will be the grand finale to the N& N Chamber Music Season at the John Innes Centre when the NAVARRA & ELIAS QUARTETS will combine to give a performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet – it doesn’t get better than that – so look forward to seeing you all – details below, Roger Rowe

 Assembly House Classical
£15 on the door £12 online http://www.assembyhouseclassical.eventbrite

Thursday 19 April at 1pm
Katona Twins 

Manuel de Falla; Miller¹s Dance
Piazolla; Tango Suite – andante & allegro
Bernstein; West Side Story – Maria – America – Somewhere – Mambo
Granados; Oriental
Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo 


Britten Sinfonia St Andrew’s Hall At Lunch Four 2017-18
Friday 20 April at 1pm

Schumann arr. Tom Coult  Studies in Canonic Form
JS Bach arr. Webern   Ricercar a 6
Ravel  Mother Goose Suite

The Chapel, Park Lane, NR2 3EF
Friday 20th April 2018, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 on the door

Navarra Quartet
Magnus Johnson – violin
Simon van der Giessen – violin
Marije Johnston – viola
Brian O’Kane – cello

Schubert: Quartetsatz, D703
Schubert: Quartet D 810 Death & the Maiden


N&N Chamber Music at John Innes Centre
Saturday 21 April  at 7.30pm
Elias Quartet & Navarra Quartets

Mozart: 5 Variations on ‘Salve tu Domine’, K.398
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op.95 (‘Serioso’)
Smetana: Quartet No.1 in E minor (‘From My Life’)
Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat, Op.20

Concerts at The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich in April

We are fortunate to be able to welcome the distinguished Dutch–Italian baroque violinist Cecilia Bernardini, widely considered to be one of the most accomplished in the field together with that master of the theorbo Matt Wadsworth, Roger

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF
Sunday 8th April 2018, 6:30pm
Cecilia Bernardini – baroque violin
Matthew Wadsworth –   theorbo

Musicus Transalpina
Schmelzer; Sonata No 4
Castello; Sonata Seconda Soprano solo
Piccinini; Partita Variate Sopra
Pandolfi; Sonata Op 4, No 1
Biber; Sonata No 3

Friday 20th April 2018, 7.30pm
Navarra Quartet
Schubert: Quartetsatz, D703
Schubert: Death & the Maiden, D810

Sunday 29th April 2018, 6:30pm
Mark Bebbington
This brilliant pianist makes his long overdue first visit to the chapel

Ivor Gurney; Sehnsucht , The Sea , Prelude
John Ireland; Sarnia – an island sequence
Debussy;  La Cathedrale engloutie, Feux d’artifice
Chopin;Nocturne Op 9, Ballade Op. 23/1

Sunday 6th May 2018, 12 noon
Guarneri Trio
Welcome return of this great piano trio from Prague

Haydn: Trio, Hob.XV:25 (Gypsy)
Shostakovich: Trio, Op.67
Dvořák: Trio, Op.21

National Youth Choir to perform in Norwich in April

Lucy Thalange credit Richard Nobes

Lucy Thalange, photo credit Richard Nobes

The UK’s top young choristers are coming to Norwich next month for two performances on Sunday 15 April.

Following a free ‘pop-up performance’ outside the Forum at 12pm, the National Youth Choir will give an evening concert of beautiful choral music at 7.30pm at The Halls.

The choir includes star Norwich singer Lucy Thalange, 19, who won Norfolk Young Musician of the Year in 2017.

Lucy said: “It’s the first time that the National Youth Choir has sung in Norwich for years, and I’m really excited because my friends hear me go on about it all the time but the concerts are usually far away.

The National Youth Choir’s last concert was at the BBC Proms last August, where it was described by the critics as “a young choir on blazing form”. The choir’s members hail from around the UK, and re-audition each year to keep their places.

Tickets for the evening concert start at £5 for under 25s and are available from NYCGB’s website or on the door.

www.nycgb.org.uk/national-youth-choir-women-in-song
The pop-up performance outside The Forum is free.

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