Norfolk County Youth Orchestra spring course in April

In optimism that by April we will be able to attend events again, Norfolk County Youth Music are offering a 4 day course for young musicians. For details of who it is for and how to apply, watch the film (link below) or visit www.ncym.co.uk

NCYM Orchestral course April – (fingers crossed!)

Programme:
Rossini Overture, The Barber of Seville
Beethoven, Symphony no. 5

Dates: Monday 5th April – Thursday 8th April 2021

Venue: St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

Time: Daily, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Promotional film
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1995375390604491&id=496538133821565

10th anniversary online concert series from Ensemble Variances

Rouen is a city in Normandy which is twinned with Norwich in Norfolk, East Anglia.
Ensemble Variances is based in Rouen and led by composer and pianist Thierry Pécou. The ensemble has been developing relationships with Music in Norwich and elsewhere in the UK. It is their 10th anniversary this month and the gala concert they had planned has been cancelled so they have devised an online series instead.


Thierry and the Ensemble have the pleasure of inviting you to an online celebration concert via this link which will become active on Thursday 10 December at 9pm (8pm UK time) or via the attached invitation flyer

The Ensemble were due to play a celebratory concert, NAHASDZÁÁN in Besançon in France on 10 December, which has sadly had to be cancelled.

Rather than be confounded by Covid, they have programmed instead a three-concert series to be shown via YouTube starting on 10 December at 9pm French time, 8pm UK time,with Nahasdzaan (Mother Nature in the Glittering World), followed by two more on 25 December and 10 January, Outre-Mémoire (Beyond Memory) and Méditation (link available later).

Each concert will be available until the next concert is launched and we will post updated links beforehand (10 December, 25 December and 10 January).

We hope that you will be able to join us for the celebration event on 10 December 8pm UK time, 9pm in France or if not, to enjoy the concert series in your own time as the links will stay live for a while.

The ensemble looks forward to returning to live performance in the new year and hope that they will see some of you at their concerts either in the UK or in France.

You can find out more about Ensemble Variance and the concerts on the website as well as other projects they have been involved in

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

Music in Norwich this weekend Saturday 22 June/Sunday 23 June plus lunchtime organ recital Monday 24 June

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Saturday 22 June 2019, 7.30pm
Salle Church, Salle near Reepham, Norfolk NR10 4SE
Academy of St Thomas

Telemann Concerto for Viola
Bach Concerto for Viola in Eb major
Dag Wiren Serenade
Dvorak Nocturne
Leroy Anderson Selection

Philip Dukes viola/director

Well known to AST audiences, Philip Dukes returns to perform two lovely baroque viola concertos and direct the rest of a programme ideally suited to the ambience and acoustics of this wonderful Norfolk Church.

Do bring a picnic to enjoy by the cricket green before the concert.

Tickets for all concerts available in person or by phone from St George’s Music Shop, 01603 626414 and online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ast
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Sunday 23 June 2019, 2.30pm
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Norfolk Schools’ Opera Project

The culmination of the Norfolk Schools’ Opera Project sees the world premiere of a brand new children’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed by over 100 children from Norfolk schools and accompanied by an orchestra of gifted and talented young musicians.

Norfolk Music Hub and Norwich Theatre Royal are working in partnership to support this year-long creative and cultural learning programme in schools through the medium of opera.


Monday 24 June 2019,  St Andrew’s Hall : 1.10pm
Lunchstop Organ Recital : with Richard Bower playing the glorious organ maintained by Friends of St Andrew’s Hall Organ