Marian Consort at St Peter Mancroft Thursday 31 March 2022

The Marian Consort, a vocal ensemble which has recently performed at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings will be performing next Thursday evening (31 March, 7pm) at St Peter Mancroft Church, in a beautiful programme of motets by Heinrich Schütz, and JS Bach and family.

This will be The Marian Consort’s first visit to Norwich, but hopefully not the last and that Norwich will become a regular stop on the Consort’s touring map. We specialise in performing Renaissance polyphonic music, alongside a full programme of commissioning, outreach and education work, recording, broadcasting and other projects. Read all about us here:

You can find all the details and book tickets here: If you can’t make it along next week, do look out for us on BBC Two’s upcoming documentary series, Art That Made Us (from 7 April).

Norwich orchestra perform in support of Ukraine

Saturday 5th March 7.30pm   Academy of St Thomas Concert

The Halls, Norwich, Norwich

First concert of the season with Estonian/Finnish virtuoso violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny

This concert is set to be a very special one. In the light of recent events, it will represent a mark of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and a celebration of democratic self-determination.  The centrepiece will be the Sibelius Violin Concerto, performed by Estonian/Finnish virtuoso Anna-Liisa Bezrodny.  Anna-Liisa has received great acclaim from critics around the globe and her international roots add particular potency, in view of the current conflict.

The Ukrainian national anthem will be included as a mark of respect and a retiring collection will be made for the work of the charity Street Child in Ukraine. Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 completes the evening – one of the greatest expressions of freedom in a time of despotism.

Conductor Toby Purser will make his Norwich debut. Toby is the newly-appointed Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music and his conducting has been praised for its combination of passion and intellect, poetry and drama.

We urge you to join us at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich for this unique occasion.


Weber – Der Freischutz Overture
Sibelius – Violin Concerto
Beethoven  – Symphony No 5

Anna Liisa Bezrodny – Violin
Toby Purser – Conductor

Norwich Baroque at St Peter Mancroft Saturday 26 February 2022


Jim O’Toole, director
Sarahjane Stephen, soprano

Before the orchestra as we know it was born, there were various large ensembles of instruments from the same family, called bands or consorts. They could be all wind instruments, all brass instruments, all recorders, all viols, or all violin family instruments, aka a violin band. 17th-century England saw a gradual transition from this kind of ensemble to the modern orchestra, and the music of Henry Purcell (1695-1695) shows us just how much freedom composers had at this time to reimagine the sound of a large group.

Some of our most earthy and our most heavenly music comes from this period. Sometimes the instruments all move together an irresistible dance rhythm, and sometimes they all weave around each other, creating a meditative tapestry of sound.

This programme is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, violinist Philip Yeeles, who played with us from very early in the group’s history until just a few weeks before his death at the end of December. Philip especially loved Purcell’s music, and the songs, dances and consort music have been chosen from among his favourites.

Saturday, 26 February, 7pm
St Peter Mancroft
Hay Hill, Norwich NR2 1QQ
Tickets available online NorwichBaroqueTicketSource

Or by telephone 0333 666 3366
(telephone booking charge £1.80 covers cost of posting tickets)

Echoes of Ellington at The Halls Norwich

Saturday 19th March 2022, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Hall

DUKE ELLINGTON: The Best of the Sacred Concerts

Singers – Louise Marshall, Mary Carewe and Cleveland Watkiss
Tap dancer – Bradley Wray
Narrator – Revd Richard Lawry
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus conducted by David Dunnett
Echoes of Ellington Jazz Orchestra conducted by Pete Long

Here is an article by Tony Cooper

Concerts in Norwich this week

Please check with the venue before travelling as some concerts are sadly being cancelled

17 December Norwich Cathedral : Christmas Carol Concert : 7.30pm

18 December : Viva Voce : MAP Concert : St Peter Mancroft, 6pm

18 December Norwich Chamber Music : Sampson & Middleton : John Innes Centre, 7.30pm

19 December Brook Street Band : The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, 6.30pm

21 December : Norwich Phil Christmas Concert : St Andrew’s Hall, 7.30pm

Norwich Cathedral Bach Project

Friday 12 November 2021, 7.30pm 


Libby Burgess piano 

In the space of a year from May 2021 to May 2022, pianist Libby Burgess performs Bach’s epic ’48’, 48 times – once in each of England’s 48 counties in a challenge to raise funds for musicians’ charities. 

Further details at Tickets from http://www.ticketsource/norwichcathedral 

Norwich Cathedral, The Close, Tombland, Norwich NR1 4DH 

For ticketed events, book online at via Norwich Cathedral TicketSource page or call the TicketSource Box Office on 0333 666 3366