Assembly House Classical : Maxim Calver & Kumi Matsuo


We are back THIS week with another lunchtime concert at The Assembly House in Norwich.
We are very excited to welcome back BBC Young Musician finalist MAXIM CALVER with pianist KUMI MATSUO and an excellent new programme… 

British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, was praised for its ‘natural ease’ and ‘emotional lyricism’. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category, performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.

Thursday 4th August 2022


Beethoven – Sonata for piano and cello op.5 no.1
I) Adagio Sostenuto – Allegro
II) Rondo. Allegro Vivace

Schumann – Fantasiestucke op.73
Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)
Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)
Rasch und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)

Prokofiev – Cello Sonata in C major op.119
I) Allegro Grave
II) Moderato
III) Allegro ma non troppo

Book here or take a chance on the door

Ensemble East at St Peter Mancroft, 7pm on Saturday 30 July 2022


Ensemble East is coming to Norwich
The Chamber Orchestra will be making its debut performance in Norwich on Saturday 30th July at the church of St. Peter Mancroft.

The programme includes the highly talented horn player Lynne Roberts and rays of Italian sunshine from Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4.

Beethoven Coriolan Overture Op 62
Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 “Italian”

Lynne Roberts –  Horn
Philip Hesketh – Conductor

Beethoven Coriolan Overture Op 62
Briefly, Coriolanus is resolved to make war on Rome (in C minor), his Mum pleads for him not to (in E flat major), he resolves not to, but it’s too late, so he kills himself! Rather fatuous plot …. But fabulous music.
Strauss Horn Concerto no 1
This, well known, concerto will be performed by our own principal horn, Lynne Roberts. Strauss grew up in a house full of horn music as his father was a well-known virtuoso; this work shows a true understanding of the heroic nature of the instrument that is a joy to hear.
Mendelssohn Symphony No.4 “Italian”
The Italian symphony is, in effect, a musical postcard home from Italy from the young Mendelssohn The buoyant and optimistic mood within which the work immediately begins bears all the hallmarks of a happy young man, eager to make his mark on the world and express his travels through music.
We hope you will be able to join us. Tickets from Ticketsource here or on the door.

Assembly House Classical Summer Series

At The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich

The summer season of Assembly House Classical  lunchtime concert series continues this coming Thursday 21 July, 1pm when the popular soprano LISA CASSIDY with pianist JENNIFER WALSH give a recital of songs by Benjamin Britten, Debussy, Poulenc and Samuel Barber’s wonderful song cycle Knoxville; Summer of 1915.

Two weeks later, on Thursday 4 August, cellist MAX CALVER makes a welcome return with pianist KUMI MATSUO to play Prokoviev’s C major Cello Sonata and Schumann’s Fantasiestucke Op 73

Tickets £20 on the door or online at

The Assemble House is a wonderful Georgian building in the centre of Norwich, next to Norwich Theatre Royal and across the road from the Forum. It is a sparkling example of Georgian splendour where you can have lunch or afternoon tea as well as listen to fabulous music.

Chapel Concerts : Neave Trio cancelled but plenty more coming along

With regret, yet again visa difficulties have meant that the American based Neave Trio have been forced to cancel their European tour which of course includes their Norwich concert. The next Chapel concert will be on Sunday August 7th with the brilliant young MITSU PIANO TRIO – details below, Roger



Sunday 7th August  at 6.30pm 


Laura Custodio Sabas violin    Akito Goto cello
Tyler Hay piano
Mozart; Piano Trio in B flat K502
Stanley Butcher; Piano trio
Smetena; Trio in G minor Op 15

Sunday 28th August  at 6.30 pm 


Agata Daraskaite; violin       
 Magdalena Loth-Hill violin
Elitsa Bogdanova viola  
George Ross; cello

Guy Fishman & Renée Hemsing viola & cello

Gavin Bryars; String Sextet   The Bridges of  Königsberg
Brahms: String Sextet No 2 in G maj Op 36

Thursday 1st September at 7pm 


programme to include

Rachmaninov; Cello Sonata (arr viola)

Sunday 11th September at 6.30pm 


Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Op. 54
Schumann: Toccata in C Op. 7
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 23 in F min Op. 57, “Appassionata”
Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946

Friday 23rd September  at 7 pm 



Beethoven;Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’  
Françaix ;String Trio
Schumanns ;Three songs

Brahms;Piano quartet in G minor Op.25 

Sunday 23rd October  at 6.30pm 


 Haydn; Variations in F minor 

Mozart; Rondo in A minor K511

Brahms;Three Intermezzi, Op. 117

Beethoven; Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab major Op. 110

Monday 24th October  at 7pm 



 Cage; Six Melodies

Schubert; Fantasie in C major

Strauss; Violin sonata

Thursday 27th October  at 7.30pm 


Bach Solo Violin Sonata in G minor (ar. Paul Cassidy)

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 11

Borodin Scherzo from Les Vendredis

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 14

Sunday 6th November  at 6.30pm 


Caroline  violin    Clare O’Connell cello

Stuart King clarinet 

Orlando Gibbons – Galliard

Deborah Pritchard – Rosa Celeste ( 2019)

Marin Marais – La Rêveuse

William Marsey – No Verticals (2022) 

Agricola – Duo

Sunday 13th November  at 6.30pm  


Jane Faulkner violin  Pal Banda cello

Timothy Ravenscroft piano

Haydn; Trio C Hob.XV:21

Schubert; Trio in B flat D 898.

Sunday 18th December  at 6.30pm 


David de Winter (tenor)  Tatty Theo cello

Caroline Gibley harpsichord

Programme t.b.a.

Concerts coming up in July 2022

Tuesday 5 July : Norwich School : Summer Showcase : School Chapel : 5pm

Saturday 9-23 July : Great Yarmouth Arts Festival : Gt Yarmouth, E. Norfolk

Saturday 9 July : Mancroft Music : Tony Pinel : St Peter Mancroft, Norwich : 1pm

Saturday 9 July : Framingham Singers : St. Stephen’s Church, Rampant Horse Street, Norwich, NR2 1QP : 7.30pm

Monday 11 July : Lunchstop Organ : A. Parnell : St Andrew’s Hall 1.10pm

Friday 17-30 July : King’s Lynn Festival : King’s Lynn, West Norfolk

Thursday 16 July : Mancroft Music : McCardel & Ho : St Peter Mancroft : 1pm

Monday 18 July : Lunchstop Organ : A. Gritten : St Andrew’s Hall 1.10pm

Thursday 21 July : Assembly House Classical : Cassidy & Walsh : 1-2pm

Monday 25 July : Lunchstop Organ : P. O’Connor : St Andrew’s Hall 1.10pm

Saturday 30 July : Ensemble East : St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich : 7pm

Saturday 30 July Mancroft Music :  Alice Smith : St Peter Mancroft, Norwich : 1pm

Norwich Baroque play a special concert on Saturday 25 June 7pm at St Peter Mancroft honouring John Garth and featuring Kate Bennett Wadsworth

John Garth 300: a celebration for one of England’s best-kept secrets

You may already love Baroque music, in which case definitely do not miss this concert with the excellent cellist Kate Bennett Wadsworth. If you are not so sure, this is an excellent opportunity to find out more with this beautiful and exciting programme of music in Norwich.

Entitled ‘English with a dash of Italian’ it is a fiery cross of Italian baroque with earthy English folk music. Come and find out what that means at the concert this weekend. You can buy tickets on the door, or preferably beforehand online or by phone – see below.
Tel. 0333 666 3366 or on the door (cash, cheque, or card)

Saturday 25 June, 7pm
St Peter Mancroft
Hay Hill, Norwich NR2 1QQ
Tickets: £18/£17 (£2 under 18s)

There is a confession to make. The cellist in that picture is not actually our hero John Garth, but the Anglo-Italian cellist, James Cervetto (1748-1837), the son of the legendary Italian virtuoso cellist Giacobbe Cervetto (1680-1783), who is pictured here in the chair next to him. There is a secretive little smile on James’ face as he demonstrates a fancy new cello technique – as though his father is spluttering “how…how are you doing that?” and he is pretending not to hear the question.

It is hard to imagine Georgian cello playing without the captivating mystique of Italian virtuosi. At the same time, England’s own rich traditions of music and dance combined with the Italian dazzle in ways that made its art music unique. This programme combines both elements, with music by Antonio Vivaldi, John Playford, Richard Mudge, Charles Avison channeling Scarlatti, and of course Mr. Garth himself. Come and join us and enjoy the humour and fun of Georgian England with Italian seasoning!

At St Peter Mancroft in June

Saturday 11 June 2022, 1pm

Dave Ballard organ

Saturday 18 June 2022, 1pm

Kirsty O’Neill soprano
George Inscoe piano

Saturday 25 June 2022, 1pm

Queen’s Jubilee weekend

Maria Willis soprano
Veera Piilo piano

Join Maria and Veera as they explore an eclectic mix of operatic arias and songs by composers including Mozart, Robert Schumann, Toivo Kuula, and Pauline Viardot.

Saturday 2 July 2022, 1pm

Naomi Watson violin & Hannah Watson piano

Saturday 9 July 2022, 1pm

Tony Pinel organ                                               

Saturday 16 July 2022, 1pm

Catherine McCardel violin
Magdalene Ho piano

Saturday 30 July 2022, 1pm

Alice Smith organ 

Organ Scholar, St Peter Mancroft

Alice’s recital will explore the prelude and fugue form, with examples from the German Baroque and French Romantic styles, featuring well-known composers as well as lesser-known composers such as Elsa Barrain.

Saturday 6 August, 2022, 1pm

Eric Tyson Bristol organ

An exciting programme including works by Hollins, Wolstenholme and Ayres.

Saturday 27 August 2022, 1pm

Oliver Neale organ

Birmingham and former organ scholar
St Peter Mancroft Norwich 

Programme to include music by JS Bach, Widor,
and Leighton.

Saturday 3 September 2022, 1pm

Charles Francis, organ

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival starts this weekend 13-29 May 2022

17 days of Music, Performance, Circus, Literature and free Outdoor Arts in Norwich and Norfolk locations

This year is the 250th Anniversary of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, back in full strength after a couple of years of Covid disruption. We are very lucky to have the fourth largest multi-arts festival in the country right here in Norfolk. Originally started 250 years ago to support the work of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival, it has been through many phases and styles but is now a colourful and varied programme of both classical and contemporary work which has full range of ticket prices. Some performers are inevitably expensive to bring to the Norwich stages but we have the privilege of them being here on our doorstep without having to travel to see world-class performers. Many events are free or subsidised so there is something for everyone

Check this link for the full programme