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

in Targetfollow Room, Norwich Theatre Royal

For details of the whole Theatre Royal programme please check the website or pick up a brochure. to book
Box office Tel 01603 630000

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
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Sunday 23 June 2019, 2.30pm
Norwich Theatre Roya
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


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.

Britten Sinfonia Academy Open Rehearsal Saturday 14 October 4-5pm

Britten Sinfonia Academy is a great opportunity for young musicians, like a Saturday school. They are offering a chance to see how it all works and talk to people who are already involved next Saturday at Theatre Royal Norwich. They are holding an open rehearsal next week for anyone who would like to find out more about us or may be considering joining the orchestra. It is free to attend but seats must be booked through the website, please let your friends know, or any parents or teenage musicians you may be in contact with



Coming up at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 12-28 May

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs from Friday 12-Sunday 28 May this year and has a packed classical music and jazz programme as well as some great contemporary and popular music, from the traditional to the ‘right out there’. It’s an exciting time and this is a real chance to try something new. Here are a couple of videos that the Festival has produced to showcase what is coming up which gives you a good idea of what is coming up and who is doing the programming. This is the swan-song Festival for artistic director William Galinsky who is moving on to develop his own work so he has put a lot of energy into the programme this year.

It is worth booking ahead as some things sell out quickly but then, even if something is sold out, it is worth checking back for returns – I just managed to book some Philip Glass tickets as a few became available this week. Theatre Royal Norwich manages all the bookings on 01603 630000 or via

One of the highlights this year is a production by Norwich’s very own Voice Project producers Sian Croose and Jon Baker called In The Arms of Sleep – it’s a classical music/choral sleepover in the Assembly House in Norwich which offers 40 audience members the chance to take a bed, make themselves comfy and fall asleep listening to a 10 hour choral performance, voices permeating their slumbers and waking them with a chorus. Some people might find the idea of sleeping with 39 strangers a bit daunting but it will be an experience – when will you get the chance to do something like this again?

Classical music programmed by Britten Sinfonia

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Contemporary music programmed by Serious


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

Coming up next week at Theatre Royal Norwich – Theater Freiburg: WagnerFest 23 – 28 July 2014

For opera fans, coming to Theatre Royal Norwich next week is an extravaganza of Wagner. You can book here 

The operas of Richard Wagner represent one of the greatest artistic achievements in the history of European culture.  Their scale dwarfs that of most of the operatic repertoire. The physical size of the casts and orchestra, their musical range and dynamic vision produce performances of great and enduring power.  Wagner’s constant reworking of European myth, symbolism and folklore, his profound exploration of human spirituality, desire and emotion and, above all, his singular musical genius are all displayed in abundance in both of these monumental operas.

We are delighted to welcome the opera company and orchestra of Theater Freiburg, one of Germany’s most acclaimed regional companies, to perform these masterpieces.  They have established an enviable reputation for quality and excellence across Europe as leading interpreters of Wagner’s work.

PARSIFAL (Wed 23 & Fri 25, both at 5pm)
TANNHÄUSER (Sun 27 at 3pm, Mon 28 at 5pm)

Both operas sung in German with English surtitles visible from all seats
All images from the 2013 Theater Freiburg production of Parsifal.  Tannhäuser premieres in Freiburg Spring 2014

Parsifal running time: around 5 hrs, incl two intervals – 1st interval 45 mins, 2nd interval 25 mins
Tannhäuser running time: around 4 hrs 15 mins, incl two intervals – both of 30 mins

“Five hours of performance flew past in boundless joy, ending in a unanimous 15 minute ovation” , Badische Zeitung

“The conductor and orchestra conjure up the most marvellous Wagner sound”,