Assembly House Classical present Fitzwilliam Quartet Thursday 3 October 1pm



At The Assembly House in Norwich this Thursday 1pm

This Thursday lunchtime Assembly House Classical are really excited to present a concert by the renowned Fitzwilliam Quartet.

The Fitzwilliam Quartet became well known through their close association with Dmitri Shostakovich, who met them on a visit to York. He entrusted them with the Western premières of his last three quartets, and they were the first quartet to perform and record all fifteen. The quartet was founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates and is now one of the longest established quartets in the world.

The programme for the afternoon includes –
Bach – Art of Fugue No 1
Shostakovich – String Quartet No 11
Beethoven – String Quartet Op 131

Tickets are selling well in advance but there still some available to buy online and we will make some available to purchase on the door this Thursday from 12:15 pm when doors open. The concert itself will start at the usual time of 1:00 pm.

If you’d like to purchase tickets in advance please click the button below…

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Academy of St Thomas at Hingham 14 September


Saturday 14 September 2019, 7.30pm
St Andrew’s Church, Hingham NR9 4HL

A concert of English and American music

Vaughan Williams Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus
Butterworth On the Banks of Green Willow
Samuel Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Copland Quiet City
Rachmaninov Vocalise
Saint-Saëns Symphony No.2

Matthew Andrews conductor
Catherine May soprano

An evocative programme featuring Anglo-American connections highlighting the links between Abraham Lincoln and the Parish of Hingham.

Soprano Catherine May teams up with her husband Matthew Andrews for Barber’s haunting Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

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Don’t forget – Assembly House Classical with Lisa Cassidy Thursday 12 September

Soprano LISA CASSIDY with SAMI KIM open the Autumn Assembly House series of lunchtime concerts (1pm – 2pm) on Thursday 12th at The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich with a concert Lisa has previously presented, with great success, at Benjamin Britten’s home the Red House, Aldeburgh.

Besides Britten’s  Poet’s Echo and some beautiful songs by Samuel Barber she includes popular pieces  by Leonard Bernstein and John Corigliano’s Tambourine Man.

Do come along. Future concerts before Christmas feature Fitzwilliam Quartet & BBC Young Musician Winners Max Calver (cello) and Lauren Zhang (piano) see website<> for full programme – tickets online or on the door.

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This weekend Baroque and Renaissance treats at Raynham Hall

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Two days of recitals in the wonderful Marble Hall at Raynham Hall near Fakenham.
If you have not been there, give yourself a treat and book for this weekend

Rachel Podger is really world-class – this is not an exaggeration and in the intimate acoustics of the Marble Hall you will feel as though you are in a private recital

And the Sunday afternoon concert of Renaissance and Baroque gems following Uffenbach’s travels, recorded in his journals which give a rare insight into the eighteenth century.

Tea and cakes are served after this concert, bookable on the website

Tickets available from or


The recitals are held in what used to be the great hall of a late Jacobean house designed and built by Sir Roger Townshend with his Master Mason William Edge. Later paved in marble by William Kent and embellished in the C18th style, this room epitomises the dual spirit of Raynham Hall. Lofty, elegant and flooded with light it also has a clear but gentle resonance which is perfect for the intimate chamber music presented in this beautiful house.


The architect Sir Roger Pratt visited the hall after Sir Roger’s death in 1637 and wrote: “Not long after it was built…..I was some while in it while it had no ornament at all…. There was somewhat in it divine in the symmetry of proportion of length, height and breadth which was harmonious to the rational soul”.

Come and share Sir Roger Pratt’s assessment of Raynham by booking tickets for the recital weekends in June and September, or the Royal Academy at Raynham annual performance in April. After you have enjoyed the harmonious experience in the Marble Hall, feed the inner man or woman with a supper picnic.

You can book supper places in the State Rooms – move fast as we are limited to 50 places in total. Circle of Friends members are entitled to free places, normally £10 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Bring your own complete picnic or choose from the menus on the website. The supper-in-a-box option @ £23 per person provided by Belinda Ellis is always delicious. Enhance your evening even further with Raynham Champagne, on order or for sale on the night. Water is provided but not glasses.

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Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music new season tickets are on sale

With autumn approaching, NNCM tickets for the 2019-2020 are now on general sale. You can buy them through the NNCM website here or from St George’s music Shop, 17-19 St George’s St., Norwich NR3 1AB 01603 626414

You may still assure yourself of a seat at every concert by becoming a Season Ticket holder, and you can secure a discount on your tickets by becoming a Member (on-line application form for both here). Whatever way you book your tickets, early application is advised for our more popular concerts

Everyone is invited to our AGM and performances by Norfolk Young Musicians at 6.00 pm on September 14th in the JIC Conference Centre Foyer. Season ticket Holders and Members are eligible to vote on any resolution.

The concert series then begins the following week:  Click the names for more details and to buy tickets

September 21   Eric Lu (piano)
October 5   Lendvai String Trio
October 13   Miklos Perényi (cello)
November 2    Zoltán Féjervári (piano)
November 21   Andrè Schuen (baritone) and Daniel Heide (piano)
December 7   Castalian String Quartet
January 25 – January 26   Nicholas Daniel and Friends
February 15 – February 16   James Ehnes (violin) and Andrew Armstrong (piano)
February 29   Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
March 22   Brentano Quartet
April 18   Trio Wanderer

Our final concert, a Beethoven recital by Richard Goode on May 16th 2020, will form part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Ticket availability will be announced in due course

We hope you will be able to join us on many occasions during this season

With best wishes

Peter Lawson
Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music











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Assembly House Classical 12 September

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Into Opera Festival 8-11 August 2019

Message from director Genevieve Raghu

The inaugural season of the Norfolk Into Opera Festival opens today at the beautiful Octagon Barn in Little Plumstead! If you can make it along between 8-11 August it would be great to see you there.

Classic FM have picked up on our Norfolk theme for The Elixir of Love and news of the festival:

I should say that there won’t be any live animals in our production (!) although three little pigs do feature in one moment of the show…!

The Elixir of Love will be performed with orchestra, Istante Collective conducted by John Andrews on 8/10/11 August starring international tenor Thomas Elwin and soprano Fleur de Bray. Our Opera Unwrapped Gala Concert headlined by lyric tenor Christopher Turner with remarkable pianist Charles Kilpatrick, takes place on 9th August and at the concert there will be a glass of champagne for all guests on arrival and a string quartet playing during this pre-concert reception! Children from St Francis of Assisi Primary, Avenue Junior and Sprowston Junior will feature alongside our professional artists in this production.
I really would be so grateful for your support and it would be wonderful to see you there if you can make it along. Hopefully this will be the first of many seasons for the opera festival in Norfolk!
We have a pop-up bar on site serving a selection of drinks including our very own Elixir of Love cocktail! Audiences are encouraged to bring picnics/picnic blankets etc for weekend matinee performances and a hog roast and vegetarian buffet is included in the ticket price for the opening night on Thursday.
To book online please head to our
To book by phone please call Norwich Theatre Royal: 01603 630000
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Head Out Not Home 4 July to 29 August

Norwich-BID-HONH-Facebook-Page-Header-2Organised by Norwich BID (business Improvement District), Head Out Not Home is a fantastic programme of summer events, on Thursday evenings on a number of ‘stages’ around the city centre from 4 July to 29 August, 4.40pm to 8pm.
This week Sistema Norwich are playing with the Vagaband, Thursday 1 August 2019 plus
16:40, 17:50, 19:00
London Street : Jester
Jester is a comedy juggler and an all-round entertainer
17:00, 18:10, 19:20
Westlegate : The Vagaband Orchestra
For the penultimate performance in Sistema in Norwich’s Arts Council funded ‘Performance Project’, they bring their collaboration between the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra and the Vagaband to Head Out, Not Home.
17:00, 18:00, 19:00
Upper Close Green, Cathedral grounds Sonic Youths present Leon O’Leary
Leon O’Leary is an indie-folk singer-songwriter from the Suffolk Coast in England, growing up surrounded by pine forests and the wildness of the Suffolk coast at his doorstep. Leon performs and writes with the influences of artists such as Ben Howard, Bear’s Den, David Gray, Sam Fender, James Bay and Bruce Springsteen. He has had tracks played on BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk and has recorded live at the world-renowned Decoy Studios.
17:00, 18:10, 19:20
Gentleman’s Walk :
Ben Grizzly and the Loose Leaf Drifters
The Loose Leaf Drifters are a wandering line up of multi-instrumentalists led by songwriter Ben Grizzly playing off-the-cuff untraditional Norfolk Country Blues.
17:10, 18:20, 19:30
St Gregory’s Green : The Rabbitts
The Rabbitts are a British folk duo composed of Odhran and Lucy, whose music is gentle, fun and riddled with natural imagery. As a couple the pair draw inspiration from their relationship, as well as old folk music and the new places they travel. The Rabbitts are both Environmental Science graduates and aim to translate their love and care for the planet through their nature-inspired song writing. #honh
Check out the website for the programme for the next few weeks
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Buhara Ensemble at Anteros Arts, Tuesday 23 July 2019


Exciting new ensemble which blends classical and jazz styles with traditional Turkish sounds

New to Norwich, with their first performance at Anteros Arts in Fye Bridge Street, this multi-national ensemble was founded by Firdevs Eke in Ghent in Belgium in 2005 as a flexible group to present compositions and arrangements that combine different musical influences from her Eastern/Turkish roots with classical music, jazz and flamenco in fresh ways.

Its current formation is a trio which includes jazz saxophonist Sam Lewis, originally from Norwich but trained in Manchester. His influences span from the 1950s jazz era, through the last 60 years of popular music and across to India where he studied Indian Classical Music. He has been involved with a number of interesting projects such as nu-jazz quartet Emu, Indian jazz fusion band Rangeela, Hans Prya, a genre-hopping 12-piece band put together by members of Snarky Puppy and also internationally renowned UK Hip-Hop band The Mouse Outfit with whom he has toured extensively across the UK and Europe.

Ivars Galenieks, a venturesome double bass player, who started his musical career as a classical bassist in Latvia where he worked at the State Operetta Theater in Riga and the Latvian State Symphony Orchestra. He was regularly invited to perform at jazz festivals in the Soviet Union with a variety of internationally known artists such as saxophonist Frank Foster, pianist Julian Joseph, organist Barbara Dannerlein, to name a few.  In the UK,  Ivars performed with Tom Harris trio, Phil Brooke and Simon Brown. Has been involved in activities of Norwich Jazz Club and Dereham Jazz Society sharing stage with renowned artists such as Peter King, Simon Spillett and Julian Siegl. At present, Ivars is the principal bassist of the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Firdevs Eke is a striking composer and pianist who is based in Norwich. She was born in Istanbul and grew up in Seville, Spain. Strongly influenced by the folkloric traditions of both these cultures, Firdevs developed a distinctive style based on her classical training. She gained a Professional Diploma in Piano in Seville, and a Master in Arts (Composition) with Distinction from the Conservatory of Ghent. She performs as a solo pianist and in various chamber music formats and has developed a comprehensive repertoire including her own compositions. In Norwich, Firdevs teaches piano and composition and writes for different instrumental settings and performs her compositions.

Tuesday 23 July, 7.30pm
Anteros Arts Foundation
11–15 Fye Bridge Street
Norwich NR3 1LJ
Tickets: £8.50/£6 concs advance via
or £10/£6 on the door

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Reminder Sunday 14 July

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