Keswick Hall Choir Saturday 28 April

Saturday 28 April – Mozart Requiem and Haydn Theresa Mass

The last concert of our season, in the generous acoustic of St John’s RC Cathedral, presents two great choral works by the Classical masters, Haydn & Mozart. Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass is one of his six great Masses from 1790s Vienna. Written in 1799, just after The Creation and the Nelson Mass, it reflects the influence of Baroque music on his choral writing, with monumental fugues together with highly dramatic and lyrical music. Mozart’s Requiem Mass, written in 1791, was famously left unfinished at his death. Various people have made completions over the years, but we shall be using the version completed by Franz Süssmayr, a contemporary of Mozart.

We are pleased to welcome back four young soloists, Andrea Tweedale (soprano), Fiona Mackay (alto), Tom Morss (tenor) and Matthew Palmer (bass), as well as the Academy of St Thomas.

Venue: Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Time: 7.45 pm
Tickets: Front Nave £17 / Rear Nave £14 / students £8 / U14s £2 (buy tickets)

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Norwich Baroque – Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday 14 April at Central Baptist Church, Duke Street Norwich, 7.30pm

Norwich Baroque is using Mussorgsky’s idea – the link between music and art – as the theme for a concert introduced by BBC Radio 3 presenter Dr Simon Heighes.
Artists featured include Klimt, Stannard, Pollock, Vermeer…

DO join us – tickets £16/14 children £2 from Norwich Theatre Royal 01603-630000 or via the Norwich Baroque website

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Stylish Singing Weekend – an opportunity to learn a Baroque singing style through a weekend masterclass in July

There is an opportunity for up to 8 people to attend a weekend singing course at the end of July which will help aspiring and accomplished singers to explore performance and singing within the baroque style. The tutors are partnering up with players from Norwich Baroque, who will provide accompaniment for the students, both in rehearsals and a final concert performance. This is to allow students to familiarise themselves with the different sound world of baroque instruments and also to learn from their phrasing and playing style, a feature that makes this course slightly unusual.

The organisers will be offering one full bursary and two partial ones for students either in restricted financial circumstances, or who might particularly benefit from the course. To qualify for a bursary, we are asking applicants to provide a letter from their teacher, conductor or a colleague of standing in support.

Attached is a PDF giving the full details of the course .
Stylish Singing Baroque Weekend PDF (1) (1) (1) (1)

 How To Apply
Applicants are asked to visit the ‘STYLISH SINGING  BAROQUE WEEKEND’ page on FaceBook.  By clicking the BOOK NOW button , you will be connected directly to the Application form. For further information, please send a message via our FaceBook page.

Alternatively please contact Judith on

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Concerts at The Chapel, Park Lane, Norwich in April

We are fortunate to be able to welcome the distinguished Dutch–Italian baroque violinist Cecilia Bernardini, widely considered to be one of the most accomplished in the field together with that master of the theorbo Matt Wadsworth, Roger

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, Norwich NR2 3EF
Sunday 8th April 2018, 6:30pm
Cecilia Bernardini – baroque violin
Matthew Wadsworth –   theorbo

Musicus Transalpina
Schmelzer; Sonata No 4
Castello; Sonata Seconda Soprano solo
Piccinini; Partita Variate Sopra
Pandolfi; Sonata Op 4, No 1
Biber; Sonata No 3

Friday 20th April 2018, 7.30pm
Navarra Quartet
Schubert: Quartetsatz, D703
Schubert: Death & the Maiden, D810

Sunday 29th April 2018, 6:30pm
Mark Bebbington
This brilliant pianist makes his long overdue first visit to the chapel

Ivor Gurney; Sehnsucht , The Sea , Prelude
John Ireland; Sarnia – an island sequence
Debussy;  La Cathedrale engloutie, Feux d’artifice
Chopin;Nocturne Op 9, Ballade Op. 23/1

Sunday 6th May 2018, 12 noon
Guarneri Trio
Welcome return of this great piano trio from Prague

Haydn: Trio, Hob.XV:25 (Gypsy)
Shostakovich: Trio, Op.67
Dvořák: Trio, Op.21

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Norfolk County Youth Orchestra to take up Residency at City Centre Venue

Norfolk County Youth Orchestra (NCYO) is taking up residency at OPEN Norwich and plans to perform at least two concerts at the city centre venue each year.

NCYO, made up of young musicians aged between 11 and 21, gives regular concerts throughout East Anglia as well as undertaking tours abroad and frequently performs with international soloists. Most recently, to launch OPEN’s classical ambition, members of the orchestra played alongside world renowned baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Iain Burnside.

Juliet Rickard, Director of NCYO said: “We are delighted to have chosen OPEN as NCYO’s residence. Not only is the acoustic perfect for orchestral music, the venue offers flexible spaces for rehearsals, performances and workshops but also a creative environment for our composition groups. Its mission to make a positive difference to the lives of young people is clearly aligned to our own musical ambitions and all the facilities of its drop-in hub are an added attraction and base for our musicians.”

John Gordon-Saker, CEO at OPEN said: “This is a very exciting partnership for OPEN that will not only bring in a new wave of young people to experience everything our venue has to offer, but will expose our own young people to a different genre of music. Playing in an orchestra develops team building, leadership, time management and self-confidence, all of which are life skills encouraged here at OPEN. This is a like-minded creative partnership that is a win-win for both parties that further helps us increase the rich diversity of our events and gives NCYO a performance venue they can consider home.”

On Sunday, 8 July 2018, the full orchestra will be playing in OPEN’s Banking Hall under resident conductor Andrew Morley and, on Friday 27 July, after a full week of rehearsals at the venue, the most advanced players will be joined by young musicians from Germany and Serbia to perform as part of the Triorca Project, an international youth orchestra made up of players from Norfolk, Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany and Vojvodina, Serbia and conducted by the Queens medal winner for music, Nicholas Daniel.

The official launch of this partnership will be taking place on Wednesday 18th April at 6.00pm at OPEN.  For free tickets to the launch go to


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Concerts 22-25 March 2018

Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich
Thursday 22nd March 2018 – 1pm

Assembly House Classical presents a new series of lunchtime classical recitals for 2018, showcasing prize-winning musicians in the Music Room.

Norwich Cathedral

Thursday 22 March 2018 – Making Musicians Recital

13:10 – 13:50

North Transept, Norwich Cathedral

Making Musicians is a series of recitals given by pupils from Norwich School and occasionally other local schools.

It is an opportunity for exceptional musicians to perform in front of an audience in an intimate, but impressive setting.

Admission is free and all visitors to the Cathedral are welcome to attend.

Norwich Cathedral
Saturday 24th March – Norwich Baroque plays St John Passion

It is our privilege to be involved with Norwich Cathedral music and we value greatly our links with Ashley Grote, Master of Music and the choirs of the Cathedral. Luckily for us, A Passion at Easter has become a tradition at the Cathedral over the last few years and after last years epic St Matthew Passion and also a taste of St Mark Passion with Dr Simon Heighes, we return to the powerful but slightly smaller scale St John Passion. Far from getting bored of it, familiarity makes it all the more poignant and awe inspiring. Come and enjoy it with us.

7.30pm Norwich Cathedral

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Tonight at the John Innes Centre

Tolga Atalay Ün

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:30pm, John Innes Conference Centre

  • Mozart: Variations on ‘Salve tu Domine’, K.398
  • Debussy: Images Book 1
  • Berg: Sonata, Op.1
  • Brahms: Three Intermezzi, Op.117
  • Brahms: Sonata in C, Op. 1

A unique opportunity to hear the prize-winning Turkish-American pianist Tolga Atalay Ün. In September 2016, he was selected as a scholar for the ‘Young Musicians on World Stages’ project established by the well-known piano duo of Güher and Süher Pekinel. Here, Ün plays Berg’s romantically inclined Sonata Op.1, written during his period of study with Schoenberg, and the Op.1 Sonata by Brahms – a youthful work on a grand scale. Nearly 40 years later, Brahms composed his Three Intermezzi Op.117, which he once described as “the cradle songs of my suffering”.

Everyone is welcome to the John Innes Conference Centre to Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music in the ideal concert setting of the John Innes Conference Centre. Please see our website for tickets, or contact Theatre Royal in Norwich 01603 598595  We look forward to seeing you.

Through the NNCM Schools Music Project 2018, professional musicians over three days last hour long school based workshops and an absolutely stunning concert at the John Innes Centre for some 300 Primary School pupils.

Some of the teachers’ comments say it all:

‘Thanks again for the visit and the chance the children had to listen to great musicianship. ‘
‘We all loved the workshop and the children have all been talking about what instruments they want to learn!  Brilliant!  Please let the musicians know they have inspired the children.’

‘It’s an experience that many of our children would not otherwise ever have the chance to take part in. ‘

‘To watch the reactions of our children experiencing this was spine tingling, lump-in-the-throat.’

More details will be on the NNCM website shortly.

With best wishes

Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music

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