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.
The pop-up performance outside The Forum is free.

National Youth Choir @ Snape Maltings 28.8.15 Credit Ben Tomlin_web.jpg

Academy of St Thomas with guest violinist Amaury Coeytaux at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich – Saturday 3rd March7.30pm

Amaury Coeytaux 2.jpgAmazing french violinist Amaury Coeytaux returns to Norwich

Following his stunning performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in 2016, the AST is delighted to welcome back Amaury to play the wonderful violin concerto by Beethoven.


Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Violin Concerto in D major
 Symphony No.9 in C major  ‘The Great ’

Amaury Coeytaux – Violin
Christopher Adey – Conductor

Amaury Coeytaux returns to Norwich after his stunning performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in 2016; this fantastic French violinist won the hearts of both orchestra and audience.“His poetic interpretation of the established classic delighted the audience”. EDP 2016

In October 2016, the acclaimed Paris-based Modigliani String Quartet appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017.

After 33 years, our principal guest conductor Christopher Adey will be conducting his final concert with Academy of St Thomas.



On sale now at:
St George’s Music Shop, Norwich or TicketSource/AST
From £11 and £5 for Students

Norwich Phil plays Mahler Saturday 9 December at St Andrew’s Hall

NPhil_9dec17Saturday 9th December 2017 at 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra

Matthew Andrews conductor

Mahler: Symphony No.9 in D major

For its next concert at St Andrew’ Hall, Norwich, on 9th December, the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra continues its acclaimed Mahler cycle with the deeply moving 9th Symphony, the composer’s last complete symphony.

It follows the Phil’s performances in recent years of the 1st, 2nd and 5th symphonies and – perhaps most memorably in 2016 – of the 8th Symphony. As the climax of its 175th anniversary celebrations, the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, augmented by musicians and choirs from across Norfolk, gave a memorable account of Mahler’s epic ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May of last year, bringing almost 2,000 people to their feet at the Showground Arena, converted in to a huge concert hall especially for the event.

Alban Berg described Mahler’s 9th Symphony as ‘a vision of the hereafter’. As the ailing composer mourned his daughter’s untimely death and approached his own, the symphony is a meditation on mortality, transfused with awe at the beauty and wonder of life. Mahler bids farewell to his beloved nature with music that stirs the deepest emotions but which is at the same time overwhelmingly life-affirming. 

The 9th Symphony is not on the same vast scale as the 8th but its extraordinarily intricate writing is on a completely different level – a huge challenge for the talented players of the Phil. It promises to be a very special musical experience and, judging by the sell-outs of our previous Mahler performances, fans of the composer will want to book early to ensure they get a ticket for a rare opportunity to hear this wonderful music live.

Tickets are priced from £11 to £17 (under 26s £7) and are available from St. George’s Music Shop, 17-19 St. George’s Street, Norwich, Tel. 01603 626414, or online at

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra play Dvořák and Elgar Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)

Thursday 23 November, 7.30pm (doors open 6.45pm)
Dvořák and Elgar

St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich (The Halls, St Andrews St, Norwich NR3 1AU)

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra

Samantha Price (mezzo-soprano)
Stuart Dunlop (conductor)

Caitlin Woods, Fantasia No. 1 (world première)
Antonín Dvořák, Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Sir Edward Elgar, The Music MakersOp. 69

UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stuart Dunlop (UEA Director of Music), warmly invite you to join them for their autumn concert, ‘Dvořák and Elgar’, on Thursday 23 November at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.

The concert will feature performances of Dvořák’s euphoric Symphony No. 8 in G major Op. 88, Elgar’s meditative The Music Makers, Op. 69 and a world premiere from UEA Music Centre Award holder Caitlin Woods.


UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra will be joined in their performance of The Music Makers by ENO regular, mezzo-soprano Samantha Price.

Tickets for UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Dvořák and Elgar’ concert cost £4 – £12 and are available to purchase by phone or in person from St George’s Music Shop (Telephone: 01603 626414, Address: 17-19 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB); online from the UEA Music Centre website or on the door (cash or cheque only).

For more information about the concert: visit, email, phone 01603 593948 or follow @UEAConcerts on Twitter.

Music in Norwich this week 4-8 November

Saturday 4 November 2017, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall,
St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus

Deborah Miles-Johnson mezzo soprano
Matthew Andrews, David Dunnett conductors

Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Holst The Cloud Messenger


Wednesday 8 November 2017, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich

Britten Sinfonia


Elder conducts Brahms

Finzi The Fall of the Leaf
Mahler arr. Britten What the Wild Flowers tell me
Mahler Rückert-Lieder
Brahms Symphony No. 1

Sir Mark Elder conductor
Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano

Brahms’s First Symphony was first performed with considerably smaller musical forces than we are used to hearing today. Sir Mark Elder conducts Britten Sinfonia in a performance that returns to the spirit of those early concerts and allows the details of Brahms’s extraordinary lyrical masterpiece to shine through.

Pre-concert talk, 6.30pm
Sir Mark Elder discusses tonight’s programme
(free to ticket holders)
Tickets: £8-£34 (£6 students, under 26 and job seekers).

Academy of St Thomas – concert in memorium Sunday 15 October 3pm at St Andrew’s Hall

Concert in memoriam to Ivan Cane
Due to the sad loss on 5th September of Ivan Cane, our Honorary Life President and founder, this concert will now be given in memoriam. Christopher Adey will conduct Elgar’s Sospiri for strings and harp to open the concert as our tribute to Ivan.

Oct A5 final

St John Passion Britten Sinfonia at St Andrew’s Hall Norwich 13 April 2017



Celebrated tenor, Mark Padmore performs St John Passion with Britten Sinfonia at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall on Thursday 13 April 2017

Mark has gained particular acclaim for his numerous appearances as Evangelist in Bach Passions. He describes Bach’s music as ‘an endless journey of discovery’, and he’ll certainly bring this love for the music and sense of dramatic intention to these Easter performance in which he sings with and directs Britten Sinfonia. Bach’s masterpiece perfectly balances the theatrical and devotional, and is interspersed here with sacred texts, and poetry by TS Eliot read by Simon Russell Beale.

Explore the music:

Find out more about Mark Padmore in our Q&A with him.

Download the programme notes.

Read Mark Padmore’s article in The Guardian and find out why he thinks St John Passion belongs on the stage at Easter. 

Norwich Pre-concert Talk, 6.30pm: Jonathan Morley, Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich leads a talk on TS Eliot’s poetry.

New edition of Music in Norwich is out!

Please to say that the newest edition of Music in Norwich is now out on the streets in hard copy and is available to pick up free from the Tourist Information Centre, Theatre Royal, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Cathedral, Arts Roundup racks and many other place around Norwich and Norfolk as well as a pdf download from this siteMusic in Norwich spring 17.jpg

Academy of St Thomas spring programme 2015

For 2015, we bring you three varied concerts with some interesting programmes.

Saturday 7th March – the distinguished horn player Timothy Brown returns to perform the favourite Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. After over 20 years’ service with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is now principal horn of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and continues to teach and perform internationally. Tim will also play the lovely Glazunuv Idyll for Horn and Strings. Conducted by Christopher Adey, this concert will begin with a rare chance to hear Schoenberg’s short and  lyrical Chamber Symphony No 2.  Dvorak’s inventive Symphonic Variations will conclude the attractive programme.

Saturday 20th June Matthew Andrews returns to conduct two of the most famous symphonies – Mozart’s Symphony No 40 and Haydn’s Symphony No 94 ‘Surprise’. Leading European virtuoso clarinettist Matthew Hunt will no doubt delight us with Weber’s popular Clarinet Concerto. This concert will conclude with a UK premiere of the Traditional Klezmer Dances for Clarinet and Strings, arranged by John Piper.  This promises to make an exhilarating and unusual finale to the concert!

Saturday 17th OctoberThe Maggini Quartet is ranked amongst the UK’s leading string quartets, and we are delighted to be joining with them for a collaborative concert.  As well as Mozart’s wonderful Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, there will be a performance of Gordon Jacob’s Pro Corda suite for Quartet and Strings.

Do consider becoming a Patron and help the orchestra – for 2015, we have re- launched our Patrons Scheme with opportunities and offers at several levels.

Silver Patrons 2015
Minimum payment of £25 per individual or couple

Advance booking for all concerts
£1 off the (full) ticket price for 2 tickets,
Reserved seats at Salle (maximum 4)
A free programme
Name listed in concert programmes if wished.

Gold Patrons 2015
Minimum payment of £50 per individual or couple.

Buy one ticket get one free (up to two tickets) for St Andrew’s Hall concerts
Advance booking for all concerts
£1 off the (full) ticket price for 2 tickets
Reserved seats at Salle (maximum 4)
A free programme
Name listed in concert programmes if wished.

Patrons application forms can be downloaded from our website .

Visit our website for full details of our new Corporate and Partners scheme. We hope you enjoy the season.

Sally Wortley – Orchestral Administrator