Dear Members, supporters and friends,
Norwich Chamber Music is disappointed that because of Covid quarantine measures, Norwich Chamber Music must cancel the concerts with Jörg Widmann next weekend, and the visit of the Dudock Quartet. We share your sadness that these concerts cannot occur.
We are delighted to announce, however, that Pavel Kolesnikov, will now give two recitals in the John Innes Conference Centre on Saturday 7 November 2020.
Full social distancing procedures will be in place. His programme embraces many of the works originally planned for us on September 12th, and will include:
Liszt. Transcendental Étude No.8 (“Wilde Jagd”) and La Cloche Sonné S.238
Scriabin. Op.51 No.4, Danse Languide and Op.51 No.3 Poème Aile
Liszt. Transcendental Étude No. 6 (“Vision”) and Wiegenlied S. 198
Scriabin Sonate No.2 Op.19
Liszt Élegie No.2 S.197
Beethoven Sonata in D minor Op.31 No.2 (“Tempest”)
The 60 minute programme will be played twice, at 3pm and again at 6pm. To meet track and trace regulations for each performance, special ticketing arrangements are needed even for those with existing season tickets. Those without tickets cannot be admitted. Further information from St Georges Music Shop 01603 626414.
For everyone’s safety, the seating capacity in the Hall will be limited. Tickets will be available to all from 12.00 noon on Wednesday October 28th, The arrangements for Season ticket holder have been sent to them separately. The general price at either concert is £20, reduced to £15 for Members. We regret that under the current social distancing regulations, availability may be limited.
You should purchase your ticket in the normal way through our website or directly from Ticket Source https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/norwichchambermusic or at St George’s Music Shop in Norwich 01603 626414.
A limited number of seats will be available for wheelchair users or those unable to use stairs. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm availability.
What to expect at the concert:Entry only for those who hold tickets in advance2 metre distance to be kept wherever possibleClear signs and helpful stewards Audience members will be required to wear face coverings (unless exempt through Government guidelines).Hand sanitiser for your use on entryNo printed material will be used – no tickets on sale, no programmes or programme notes. Programmes will be sent online in advance.A “one way system” into and out of the Hall and for toilet facilitiesReduced capacity in the concert Hall, with socially distanced seating.You will be directed to a seat, and will not be able to choose itOnce in your seat, do not leave at the end until directed by ushers,Shorter performances (about 1 hour) with no intervalNo refreshments No socializing in John Innes foyerRegular and thorough cleaning of the Hall, foyer and toilets before and after concertsThe cloakroom will be closed
For our full policy on Covid-19 please refer to our website following this link www.norwichchambermusic.org.uk
Assuming no new regulations affect our plans, we are looking forward to two excellent performances by Pavel Kolesnikov. We hope you feel able to come, and if so, much look forward to seeing you on the November 7th
The Chair and Committee
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.
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:
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:
This Guardian page automatically updates, so you can use the click-through week after week
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).
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.
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
Norwich Chamber Music
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020
Beethoven violin sonatas
James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong piano
Programme 1 Saturday 15 February 7.30pm
Sonata in F, Op.24 (‘Spring’) Sonata in A, Op.30 No.1 Sonata in C minor, Op.30 No.2
Programme 2 Sunday 16 February 3pm
Sonata in G, Op.30 No.3 Sonata in A, Op.47 (‘Kreutzer’) Sonata in G, Op.96
James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong complete the cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas which they began last season. Among the famous works in these two concerts are the lyrical ‘Spring’ Sonata Op.24, the dramatic Sonata in C minor Op.30 No.2, and the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata Op.47.
Thursday 21st November 2019, 7:30pm at the John Innes Conference Centre
Pre-concert talk by Richard Wigmore at 6.15pm
For fans of the Lieder repertoire, we have a real treat at our second November concert. Andrè Schuen has given song recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Vienna Concert House, and has also performed on the opera stage worldwide. In 2016 he received the Young Artist of the Year award from ECHO Klassic in Germany (equivalent to the Gramophone awards). Andrè is joined by Daniel Heide for a recital of Mahler and Schubert songs.
Mahler: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht; Ging heut morgen übers Feld; Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer; Die zwei blauen Augen
Schubert: An den Mond (D.259); Im Frühling; Der Schiffer (D.536);
Abendstern; Des Fischers Liebesglück; Der Musensohn; Sei mir gegrüßt;
Du bist die Ruh; Dass sie hier gewesen
Mahler: Liebst du um Schönheit; Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!;
Ich atmet‘ einen linden Duft; Um Mitternacht; Ich bin der Welt
Andrè Schuen, one of today’s outstanding young baritones, took leading roles in all three of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and gave highly successful performances of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang at the prestigious Schubertiade in Schwartzenberg. In this programme, Schubert and Mahler meet their common ground in settings of the poet Friedrich Rückert.
Advance notice: Norfolk & Norwich Festival concert
In partnership with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, next year NNCM is sponsoring a concert by the renowned American pianist Richard Goode. This event, on Saturday May 16th 2020 at the John Innes Centre, is additional to our current season, so everyone will need to purchase tickets to attend. Booking has now opened – please do get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment! The programme will include Beethoven’s last three piano Sonatas, Op 109, 110 and 111
Message from the Chair
We have a strong and hard working Committee, but we are always seeking new Trustees and volunteers. At the moment, we would particularly welcome the support of a Trustee or Volunteer interested in the general roles of Secretary, Minutes Secretary or Marketing Advisor.
With best wishes
Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music
Saturday 21 November 2019, 7.30pm
Andrè Schuen : Baritone
Daniel Heide : Piano
Mahler Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht;
Ging heut morgen übers Feld; Ich hab’ ein glühend Messer; Die zwei blauen Augen
Schubert An den Mond (D.259); Im Frühling; Der Schiffer (D.536); Abendstern;
Des Fischers Liebesglück; Der Musensohn;
Sei mir gegrüßt; Du bist die Ruh;
Dass sie hier gewesen
Mahler Liebst du um Schönheit; Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder!; Ich atmet‘ einen linden Duft; Um Mitternacht; Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Andrè Schuen, one of today’s outstanding young baritones, took leading roles in all three of the Mozart/ Da Ponte operas under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and gave highly successful performances of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang at the prestigious Schubertiade in Schwartzenberg. In this programme, Schubert and Mahler meet their common ground in settings of the poet Friedrich Rückert.
Pre-concert talk by Richard Wigmore 6.15pm.
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With autumn approaching, NNCM tickets for the 2019-2020 are now on general sale. You can buy them through the NNCM website here or from St George’s music Shop, 17-19 St George’s St., Norwich NR3 1AB 01603 626414
You may still assure yourself of a seat at every concert by becoming a Season Ticket holder, and you can secure a discount on your tickets by becoming a Member (on-line application form for both here). Whatever way you book your tickets, early application is advised for our more popular concerts
Everyone is invited to our AGM and performances by Norfolk Young Musicians at 6.00 pm on September 14th in the JIC Conference Centre Foyer. Season ticket Holders and Members are eligible to vote on any resolution.
The concert series then begins the following week: Click the names for more details and to buy tickets
September 21 Eric Lu (piano)
October 5 Lendvai String Trio
October 13 Miklos Perényi (cello)
November 2 Zoltán Féjervári (piano)
November 21 Andrè Schuen (baritone) and Daniel Heide (piano)
December 7 Castalian String Quartet
January 25 – January 26 Nicholas Daniel and Friends
February 15 – February 16 James Ehnes (violin) and Andrew Armstrong (piano)
February 29 Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
March 22 Brentano Quartet
April 18 Trio Wanderer
Our final concert, a Beethoven recital by Richard Goode on May 16th 2020, will form part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Ticket availability will be announced in due course
We hope you will be able to join us on many occasions during this season
With best wishes
Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music
Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Club presents…
Sunday 7 April 2019, 3pm
James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong, piano
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
Saturday 10 November 2018, 7.30pm
Haydn Quartet in D, Op.20 No.4
Bartók Quartet No.1
Brahms Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2
Bartók’s First Quartet was described by his compatriot Kodály as ‘a gradual return to life, more evocative with its modest four instruments than Berlioz with his huge orchestra’. Framing the Bartók is the wit and elegance of Haydn, and the eloquent passion of Brahms.
Pre-concert talk with Misha Donat and the artists 6.30pm
Programmed by Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music
Sistema Norwich recently won funding for a project to help their most senior orchestra, the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra who are the children who started with the Sistema project many years ago now and these children are now teenagers and accomplished musicians.
This project is offering them a series of performance opportunities working with other groups of musicians – different styles and collaborations creating an exciting series. The first is this Saturday 30 June, 7pm in their home venue – the Octagon Chapel.
If you have never been to a Sistema concert before, come and find out what they are about, and if you have, come and see how well they have progressed under the leadership of virtuoso violinist and musical director, Juan Gabriel Rojas, who will also be playing with his partner Firdevs Eke. All info on the poster below