Norfolk County Youth Orchestra spring course in April

In optimism that by April we will be able to attend events again, Norfolk County Youth Music are offering a 4 day course for young musicians. For details of who it is for and how to apply, watch the film (link below) or visit

NCYM Orchestral course April – (fingers crossed!)

Rossini Overture, The Barber of Seville
Beethoven, Symphony no. 5

Dates: Monday 5th April – Thursday 8th April 2021

Venue: St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

Time: Daily, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Promotional film

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


Norwich Baroque with cellist Richard Tunnicliffe

Saturday 12 January 2019 7.30pm
Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, Norwich 

Richard Tunnicliffe cello    

Start your New Year with us as we welcome back cellist, Richard Tunnicliffe, a well-known name in the early music world and someone who has been a significant figure in our development as a group. 

A programme of early Classical music including Haydn’s cello concerto in C and music by CPE Bach, JC Bach and Mozart.

We would love to have the hall filled with excited young cellists, so we are inviting any cellist aged 18 or under to come FREE of charge… no catch or small print at all.

Either book via the Theatre Royal tel: 01603-630000 or just turn up on the door to claim your free ticket. (Cannot be booked via the on line booking system .. too complicated!). 

PLEASE do forward to any young cellists…and consider coming yourself too?As well as the Haydn Cello concerto, Richard will be directing the programme from the cello.. good for the youngsters to see it doesn’t always have to be the violinists who lead!

Sistema at the Circus Saturday 27 October 7pm

Sistema in Norwich’s Colegate Nucleo Orchestra teams up with Lost in Translation Circus at the Oak Circus Centre for a unique new commission as the 3rd concert of the Sistema Performance Project

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On Saturday 27 October at 7pm an exciting new show involving 8 circus performers, 14 teenage musicians and 6 tutors will amaze you with aerial acts, dazzling acrobatics and juggling while the Sistema in Norwich Colegate Nucleo orchestra plays specially composed music, inspired by the history of circus.

In the third concert of the Sistema in Norwich Performance Project series a disjointed circus troupe interacts with the sound of an orchestra in a game where their bodies harmonise and contrast like fine tuned instruments. Swinging from silks to the sound of violins, tumbling while the trumpets tickle your ears, Lost in Translation Circus and Sistema in Norwich will take you on a journey of music and circus arts, comedy and family fun. Reacting, vibrating, ready to respond to the sound of live music, the performers discover centuries of circus history through especially composed music, from ancient China to a modern jazzy groove.

Conducted by musical director Juan Gabriel Rojas, the concert will be in the fantastic surrounding of the Oak Circus Centre at St Michael Coslany Church, Oak Street, Norwich NR3 3AE

About the Sistema in Norwich Performance Project
The Sistema in Norwich Performance Project is a year-long programme of monthly performances, funded by Arts Council England, which have been devised to give the teenage Colegate Nucleo Orchestra a range of experiences performing for the public partnered with different artistic partners.

Concert #2 was with Norwich-based band The Vagaband at Open – a great success – a combination enjoyed by musicians as well as the audience – a new playing experience, and concert #1 launched the programme in September.

Concert #3 will be just as exciting – with a new piece of music composed by Firdevs Eke – a pianist and composer with a distinctive style that combines

her Eastern roots with classical music, jazz and flamenco. A strong body of work includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber music, orchestral and voices, as well as arrangements of well known pieces from the Turkish traditional music repertoire. Firdevs Eke’s trio Buhara Ensemble has played throughout Europe.

About Lost in Translation Circus
Lost in Translation Circus, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, is based at the Oak Circus Centre in Norwich, the first establishment of its kind in East Anglia.

Working with a tight-knit group of performers from Italy, UK, Ireland and Australia, the company creates both indoor and outdoor ensemble-based performances, often working with specially composed music.

The new commission has been made possible with funding from the Chivers Trust and the Brighter Future Fund has supported the Sistema at the Circus concert.


For more details contact Marcus Patteson
07590052656  – Mobile
01603 760529  – Work

The Performance Project, which is funded by Arts Council England, is giving young people taking part in Sistema new opportunities to perform and work with professional artists from different backgrounds and musical genres, as well as the chance to work with other young people from across the city and beyond. We hope that, as well as exposing young people to music and opportunities they would not otherwise have experienced, the project will help us develop a bigger audience for our concerts and raise the quality of our ensembles. The project will see us delivering 12 concerts between June 2018 and September 2019.

Sistema in Norwich us a project run by Norfolk & Norwich Community Arts (NORCA)

About Sistema in Norwich
Sistema in Norwich works to transform the lives of children and young people in through participation in music.
We help children realise their potential and succeed across all areas of their lives.

We do this through engaging them in learning to play a musical instrument and being part of an orchestra.

We work in areas of social deprivation, where the needs of children, families and the community are greater.

We draw upon El Sistema, the Venezuelan music programme that offers a tested model, with over 30 years’ experience, of how a music programme can both create great musicians and dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children, seeking to develop effective ways of applying this within our own communities.

Although our most obvious triumphs may be musical, we are a social action programme supporting children to succeed across all areas of their lives.

Orchestras and Groups
In the primary age programme, all children take part in their school orchestra, so there are orchestras at each of our school sites.  These orchestras feed the cross programme orchestras, the Sarah Glover (beginner / intermediate) and Martineau (intermediate / advanced) orchestras.

Older children take part in the Colegate ‘teen’ Sistema, and are part of the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and the Martineau Orchestra.

The programme also runs smaller groups and ensembles, including the percussions ensemble, chamber group and choir.

Sistema in Norwich was developed by Norfolk and Norwich Community Arts (NORCA) before the charity name was changed to include Sistema. NORCA has an extensive track record in social impact through arts participation and engagement.

 Sistema in Norwich performance project is funded though Arts Council England, Norfolk Music Hub, The Chivers Trust and Brighter Future Fund

UEA choir and symphony orchestra auditions 28 September

UEA Music Centre Auditions 2018

Friday 28 September 2018, 11am-5.30pm and Monday 1 October 2018, 12noon-6pm
UEA Music Centre (UEA campus)
UEA Choir auditions

UEA Choir is looking for new members. If you are a keen singer and are interested in joining UEA’s flourishing Choir, please come along and audition.

Auditions are five minutes in duration, open to all and free to attend.

Friday 28 September 2018, 11am-5.30pm and Monday 1 October 2018, 12noon-6pm
UEA Music Centre (UEA campus)
UEA Chamber Choir auditions

UEA Chamber Choir has some vacancies for new members. If you are a keen singer, and are keen to explore various periods of choral music, please come along and audition. Please note that some vocal training and/or choral experience is essential, as well as the ability to read music.

Auditions are ten minutes in duration, open to all and free to attend. During your audition, you will be asked to present one short pre-prepared piece (of your choice) and to complete a short sight-reading exercise.



Sistema Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and The Vagaband join forces on Sunday 23 September 7pm at Open

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Sistema in Norwich recently gained funding to plan a whole series of concerts working with different musicians and types of music. This is the first concert after the launch in July There will be another with Lost in Translation Circus Company at Oak Circus Centre on 27 October – see

Sunday 23 September DOORS 7.00pm
£8 adv | £6 concs* | £2 under 18s

Sistema in Norwich presents the second concert in their Arts Council funded ‘Performance Project’ series, a collaboration between the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and the Vagaband.

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Yarmonics in Great Yarmouth 22/23 September 2018

New for the Great Yarmouth calendar produced in partnership by Norfolk & Norwich Sound Art Collective and originalprojects; YARMONICS is a free sonic art and new music festival that celebrates the sounds, people and places of Great Yarmouth. It features installations, performances, workshops with local groups and talks. YARMONICS has invited a number of sound artists, musicians, writers and artists to create work that responds to specific spaces and places in Great Yarmouth, including:

Angus Carlyle   /   Cerith Wyn Evans   /   CLIP   /   Cythara Creche   /   David Ross presents ‘Stones (and other objects)‘   /   Evan Parker   /   Jason Kofi-Haye   /   Luke Sanger   /   Maggie Nicols and Choir   /   Mark Howe – ‘Bikehack’    /   Matilda Rolfsson   /   Michael Page   /   Mira Calix   /   Nik Colk Void   /  noch (Adam Burton)  /  Phillip Mill   /   Stephen Grew   /   Stuart Bowditch   /   Tim Dee  /  Trance Map   /   Will Hurt

For full artist information please follow the links below.

21 September, 7pm – 11pm: Talks and performance, St George’s Theatre (FREE but booking essential, here)

22 September, 9am – 7pm: Performances, installations and workshops, various venues and sites (FREE and unticketed)

22 September, 8pm – 11pm: YARMONICS ELECTRONIC, St George’s Theatre (tickets £5 in advance available here)


Stones (and other objects) with electronics improviser, David Ross; a Great Yarmouth focused electroacoustic workshop culminating in a performance at YARMONICS. Full details here. STONES WORKSHOP IS FULL, PLEASE CONTINUE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ON THE WAITING LIST.

Vocal workshop and performance with improvised vocal pioneer, Maggie Nicols. We are working with members of various local choirs on the afternoon of 21st September to adapt existing repertoire to inform some original music to be performed at YARMONICS on the 22nd September. Although we are working with members of local choirs we are very happy to hear from individuals that would also like join, to do so please email us here. All abilities and experience welcome.

YARMONICS Sound Library submissions:

We are creating an open source sound archive of sounds collected from in and around Great Yarmouth.

The sounds that are collected will become part of an open source archive, readily available for public use and observation, stored on the Freesound platform. The archive is an ongoing project that aims to capture a rich and varied sonic portrayal of the town.

All sounds sent to us up until midday on September 22nd will be given to Luke Sanger and Nik Colk Void to be used in their improvised performances at YARMONICS ELECTRONIC to close the festival.

After the festival a selection of sounds will be edited into packages that can be freely downloaded and used for remix and composition purposes.

More info here

Former Norfolk Young Musician Finn McEwen is back in town on Tuesday 20 March at Norwich School

Finn McEwen is back in Norwich, having been Norfolk Young Musician of the Year in 2013 before he went off the the Guildhall School of Music to study classical saxophone, Now in his final year, he is returning to his native Norwich for a free concert at the Norwich School Crypt. Finn attended Norwich School for his final year in Norwich after completing his secondary education at City of Norwich School (CNS) and is destined for a great career as a professional musician.

The concert on Tuesday is free. The Crypt is in the main area of the Cathedral Close

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