Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music at John Innes Centre 21 November

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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Concerts at The Chapel, Park Lane

The Chapel, Park Lane, NR 2 3EF
Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm


Southrepps  Fundraising
Song recital
Schubert; Wehmut – Der Zwerg – Nacht und Träume – Der Winetrabend – Die Sterne
Poulenc; Montparnasse – Paganini – Le Bestiaire – Two Aragon settings ( -C & Fetes Galantes)
Roger Quilter; Come Away Death – O Mistress Mine – 7 Elizabethan Lyrics

Sunday 30th June at 6.30pm
Schubert: Impromptus
Chopin; Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58

Sunday 28th July at 6.30pm
Chopin; Sonata N 3
Tailleferre; Pastorale
Ravel; Miroirs
Comeau; Dance- Canons
Gonza & Gershwin

 Thursday 29th August
Pre Wigmore song recital

Tickets on the door

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

PETER HILL will be playing the Goldberg  Variations at The Chapel, 64 Park Lane Sunday 11 March 6.30pm

In a Pre-Wigmore recital PETER HILL will be playing the Goldberg  Variations in The Chapel on Sunday – it should be a special occasion and there will be more Bach  in Gloria Campaner’s recital on 25th March – details will be posted later

Tickets £15 on the door, under 18’s free, Roger

Peter Hill – piano

Sunday 11th March, 6:30pm
The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF

Bach; Goldberg Variations BWV 988



Jazz at Anteros : Bahla – Imprints Album Tour Friday 2 February 2018


Bahla – Imprints Album Tour
at Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 LJJ
Friday 2nd February 2018

Formed by Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi and English guitarist Tal Janes, London based group Bahla break new ground with their mix of cinematic jazz entangled with Jewish folklore. Interested in how migration and displacement shapes cultures, their debut album Imprints finds a way to embrace multiculturalism. Across the album, a distinctive palette is underset by a bold and dynamic rhythm section, while radiant vocals – echoing the modal form of Jewish prayer music – rise and fall over searching,
delicate melodies on keys and guitar.

Bahla are:
Ines Loubet – Voice/Percussion
Tal Janes – Guitar
Joseph Costi – Piano/Keys
Andrea Di Biase – Double Bass
Ben Brown – Drums
Doors 7pm   Music starts 7:30pm
Tickets £8   Ticket link:



Upcoming at The Chapel in Park Lane, Norwich

Sunday 14th January – 6.30pm
Anna Federova – piano

Chopin Recital
Ballades No 1 & 2, Waltzes Op 18 & Op 34
Waltzes Op 42 7 op 64
Ballads 3 & 4

Anna Federova website

Sunday 28th January 2018, 6:30pm
Matthew Wadsworth lute & theorbo

The Miller’s Tale – Music by Dowland, Kapsberger, and a new piece by Stephen Goss

Matthew Wadsworth website

Wednesday 31st January 2018, 7:30pm
Chiaroscuro Quartet

Alina Ibragimova – violin    Pablo Hernan Benedi – violin
Emile Hornlund – viola     Claire Thiron – cello

Mozart: Quartet in E flat, K428/421b
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op.18/4
Schubert: Quartet No.13 in A minor, Rosamunde

Assembly House Classical Presents Joanna MacGregor in the Music Room, 1pm Thursday 11th January 2018

Assembly House Classical Presents

Music Room, 1pm Thursday 11th January 2018

Joanna MacGregor – Piano

Ginasteras Danzas Agentinas

Chopin Mazurkas Six Mazurkas

Beethoven Sonata in F minor Op.57 Appassionata


Joanna MacGregor is currently Head of Piano at the Royal Academy and Artistic Director of the International Summer School at Dartington. She was one of the first artists to be selected for the renowned Young Concert Artists Trust  scheme and made one of her early appearances in the Music Room of the Assembly House for Norfolk & Norwich Music Club on  30th April 1988.  Her piano recital career has taken her around the world from the major venues in London and Europe to the United States and the Far East with the major international orchestras and conductors. Joanna is one of the most  versatile musicians in the Europe and her work ranges composition, writing and broadcasting, to conducting  and festival curation. She was Artistic Director of the Bath Festival from   2006-2012. Joanna is also famous for her promotion and interpretation of other composers works and has premiered piano concertos by Harrison Birthwistle, Django Bates, John Adams and James MacMillan.  She was awarded an OBE in the Queens 2012 Birthday Honours list.

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at Theatre Royal Norwich Sunday 22 October – review

Kicking off the new season of classical concerts tonight at Theatre Royal Norwich was the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra with a programme which complements the Russia Season in Norwich. They performed some of the greatest works from their home country to herald a series of concerts that will bring respected and acclaimed musicians to Norwich programmed by the Theatre Royal team. I was lucky enough to attend although on a windy Sunday evening, the sofa was quite appealing at around 5pm. But how glad I am that I stirred myself into action and a decent dress.

The theatre was full to bursting for this first concert which bodes well for the future and also shows the demand for good quality, large orchestra music in Norwich. They got down to business immediately with Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. It was faultless, at least to my ears, with the timing immaculate and the interpretation sensitive and well-paced. I didn’t know any of the pieces beforehand so I wasn’t sure what to expect, and my experience of Prokofiev is limited to listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child at school, but I loved this performance.

A short reset as a long full concert grand piano was brought onto the stage, and soloist Peter Donohoe joined the orchestra, cutting the confident dash of a seasoned musician who knows his worth. Together they played Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 4  – also complex, faultless, dramatic and completely stunning. Again, I don’t know Rachmaninov but the interpretation, especially the piano, took on tones of jazz several times, which made me wonder if this informed the development of jazz in later years.  This was probably my favourite piece and the audience left for the interval with palpable exhilaration in the air.

Back on stage, the third and final piece was Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade. The conductor, Vladimir Altschuler had a mammoth task as he kept every musician on track, with a number of solo interventions in this fast-paced story of the Sultana who kept herself alive by telling stories to the Sultan for 1001 nights. The applause was thunderous and resulted in two short, uplifting encores which sent everyone out into the night feeling excited and happy.

It shows several things – that a full symphony orchestra will fit on the Theatre Royal stage; that the acoustic improvements made in the last refurbishment were well worthwhile and effective – the sound was brilliant; that there is a demand and appreciation of large international orchestras; and that the new CEO of Theatre Royal, Stephen Crocker, is bringing a new and exciting wind with him from his last posting at the Lowry in Salford, Manchester.

There is a  real sense of ambition and more to come so keep a look out in Music in Norwich and the Theatre Royal programme for more exciting developments to the international music programming.