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 

Norwich Philharmonic Chorus concert in Norwich

Looking forward to hearing the Norwich Philharmonic Chorus give their first public performance for nearly 2 years with the wonderful Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich, on Saturday 6th November.

Because of CoVid restrictions on space, the work will be performed in its original version with the choir and 4 guest soloists accompanied by two pianos and harmonium rather than the orchestra. It’s neither petite nor solemn but really very lovely. So do come and listen!

Tickets are £18, £17, £12 unreserved (£7 for students/Under 26’s). Available online at

Assembly House Classical

Thursday 25th November, 1pm 
The Assembly House, Norwich

Beethoven: Piano Trio No 1 in E flat major, Op1 No1
Mendelssohn: Piano trio No 2 in C minor, Op 66

About Northern Chords Piano Trio

Benjamin Baker – Violin
In 2016 Benjamin Baker won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York and in 2017 3rd Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand. Highlights during 2017/18 included a critically acclaimed debut at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. He toured throughout Canada, China, Argentina, Colombia and Chile and appeared as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert, Sinfonia Cymru and National Children’s Orchestras.Equally at home as a chamber musician, Benjamin took part in the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Caramoor Rising Stars series in the US, and returned to the East Neuk Festival. Engagements this season include a Wigmore Hall Coffee Concert and his debut at the National Concert Hall in Dublin and Music for Galway Festival. He returns to the USA, Colombia, Chile and New Zealand and makes his debut in Australia.Born in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Menhuin School and the Royal College of Music. He was selected by YCAT in 2013. He plays on a Tononi violin (1709) on generous loan.

 Jonathan Bloxham – Cello
An acclaimed cellist, Jonathan Bloxham is the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Guilhermina Suggia Gift and Royal College of Music Cello Prize and in 2012 gave his concerto debut at the Berlin Philharmonie.He was a founding member of the Busch Trio until 2015, during which time the group won prizes at many international competitions including the Royal Overseas League in London, Pinerolo Competition in Italy and the International Schumann Chamber Music Award in Frankfurt. Jonathan has performed regularly at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and the Southbank Centre and is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 3. Further chamber music collaborations included projects with renowned musicians such as Michael Collins, Jack Liebeck and the Schumann Quartet.Jonathan is also a celebrated conductor; he was Assistant Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2016-2018. In 2017-18, he made several debuts including the Malaysian Philharmonic, RTE Concert Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and in 2018/19, guest engagements included the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Basque National Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and a return to Dublin’s National Concert Hall with the RTE. Jonathan founded the Northern Chords Festival in 2009 and looks forward to celebrating his 10th festival as Artistic Director in May 2019.

 Daniel Lebhardt – PianoIn 2014 Daniel Lebhardt won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in Paris and New York. A year later he was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in London and invited to record music by Bartók for Decca, and in 2016 won the Most Promising Pianist prize at the Sydney International Competition.This season Daniel will give debut recitals at the Lucerne, Heidelberger-Frühling and Tallinn International Festivals, and returns to Wigmore Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York. Other highlights include a return to Paris for a recital at L’Eglise Saint Germain as part of the Week-end à l’Est Festival, and Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 at the Royal Festival Hall.As a chamber musician, Daniel regularly collaborates with violinist Benjamin Baker and with the Castalian String Quartet. He took part in the BBC Proms Composer Portrait of Olga Neuwirth broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in 2012 and has performed chamber music at King`s Place with the Northern Chords Ensemble and Wigmore Hall and Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh among others.