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

Cancelled – due to Covid-19 Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Thursday 19 March

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra warmly invite you to join them for their spring concert ‘Fauré Requiem and Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony’ on Thursday 19 March at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

Massing more than 200 performers on stage, comprising students, staff and members of the local community, the choir and orchestra will perform Lili Boulanger’s noble graveside oration, Pour les Funerailles d’un Soldat, Gabriel Fauré’s gentle and profound Requiem and Camille Saint-Saëns’ glorious Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.78.

Fauré is the presiding genius of this programme. The gentle, profound Requiem carries the title ‘Choral Favourite’ with grace and dignity. Its touchstone capacity to reflect a deeply human longing is seemingly inexhaustible. The meteoric Lili Boulanger was both a student and a musical confidante of Fauré. Her noble graveside oration comes from the same year as she became the first ever female winner of the Prix de Rome. Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony comes from the years of his greatest fame. Glorious music conceals forward thinking, formal innovation and a search for musical unity.
The choir and orchestra will be joined in their performance of Fauré’s Requiem by Jenny Stafford (soprano) and Jake Muffett (baritone)

Tickets cost £4 – £12. Tickets are available to purchase: by phone or in person from St George’s Music Shop (Tel: 01603 626414, Address: St George’s Music Shop, 17-19 St Georges St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AB), online from www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events/tickets, or on the door (cash or cheque only).

For further information about the concert, please visit: www.uea.ac.uk/music-centre/events, email: musicevents@uea.ac.uk, phone: 01603 593948, or follow @UEAConcerts on Twitter and UEA Music Centre on Facebook.

The Iceland Symphony Orchestra Sunday 9 February 2020, 7.30pm at Theatre Royal Norwich

 

Icelandic Orchestra

Iceland Symphony Orchestra

Yan Pascal Tortelier conductor
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet piano

Bizet L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Ravel Left Hand Piano Concerto
Thorvalsdottir Aireality
Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet

PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: 6.30pm
in Targetfollow Room, Norwich Theatre Royal

For details of the whole Theatre Royal programme please check the website or pick up a brochure.

https://norwichtheatre.org/ to book
Box office Tel 01603 630000

Wymondham Choral Society Saturday 28 March 2020 presents Haydn: The Creation

Saturday 28 March 2020 7.30 pm
St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich

Wymondham Choral Society with the Amadeus Orchestra (London).

Haydn – The Creation

Claire Dixon (conductor)
Rob Goodrich (continuo)
Claire Lees (soprano)
Huw Ynyr (tenor)
Frazer Scott (bass-baritone)

Tickets £15 (under 16s free) available online at www.wymondhamchoralsociety.org.uk, at the door or from Nuts ‘n Bolts in Attleborough, Reeves in Wymondham and St George’s Music Shop in Norwich.

Supporting the charity Anon Street Team Norwich and homeless people in Norwich.

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

Norwich Philharmonic Family Christmas Concert Tuesday 17 December 2019

Come and enjoy this family-friendly concert in the run-up to Christmas

Saturday 17 December 2019, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

The Phil’s Family Christmas Concert

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
Norwich Philharmonic Choru
s

Matthew Andrews, David Dunnett conductors

www.norwichphil.org.uk

Saturday 21 December 2019, 7.30pm  Norwich Cathedral Choir & Norwich Baroque : Messiah by Candlelight

Saturday 21 December 2019, 7.30pm
Norwich Cathedral

Messiah by Candlelight

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir
Norwich Baroque

Escape the commercialism and noise of the Christmas high street just for a few hours and come and enjoy the timeless beauty of Handel’s Messiah, in our majestic Cathedral which will be lit by hundreds of small candles in addition to the main candle display stands around the performers.

Rowan Pierce soprano
Timothy Morgan counter tenor
Thomas Elwin tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Ashley Grote conductor

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and an internationally acclaimed cast of soloists are joined by Norwich Baroque for their ever-popular annual performance of Handel’s much-loved oratorio.

Doors: 6.45pm. Tickets: £14–£28

BOOK EARLY to ensure you get the best seats… or even a seat at all. Last year we welcomed over 700 of you!

Tonight at St George’s Church Tombland UEA Chamber Choir Christmas Concert

Sunday 8 December 2019, 6.30pm (doors 5.45pm)
St George’s Church, Tombland, Norwich

Christmas with UEA Chamber Choir

UEA Chamber Choir
Tom Primrose conductor

A selection of seasonal music for a capella voices

Experience centuries of seasonal music with UEA’s Chamber Choir as they present a programme of a capella vocal gems. A not-to-be-missed highlight in Norwich’s musical Christmas calendar!

Tickets: Free to attend. Capacity is limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music presents André Schuen : Lieder on Thursday 21 November

NNChamber headerAndré Schuen
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.

Programme:

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.

Andrè Schuen’s website

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
https://nnfestival.org.uk/whats-on/richard-goode/book/201/

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
Peter Lawson
Chairman
Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music
https://norfolkchambermusic.org

Norwich Cathedral Choir with Norwich Baroque Saturday 16 November 7.30pm

Saturday 16 November 2019, 7.30pm

0R7A2331Copyright © Paul Hurst all rights reserved.jpgAshley Grote, Master of Music Norwich Cathedral Photo Paul Hurst

HANDEL Israel in Egypt

Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir
Norwich Baroque

Katherine Crompton soprano
Kirsty O’Neill soprano
Timothy Morgan counter tenor
Simon Wall tenor
Edward Grint & Bradley Travis bass

Ashley Grote conductor

Tickets £5-£28

Please see www.cathedral.org.uk for full details of these and other events. We look forward to welcoming you to Norwich Cathedral.