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 www.buhara.eventbrite.co.uk
or £10/£6 on the door
Even You Song
A new work based on Choral Evensong and inspired by the idea of travelling to the moon.
Monday 15th July, 6.30pm at Kings Lynn Minster Cathedral as part of the Kings Lynn Festival. Tickets: £14 (£7 concession)
Even You Song is a new choral work based on the candid responses from a series of interviews with twelve Peterborough couples about a potential trip tothe moon. Devised by artist Bettina Furnée, poet Lucy Sheerman and composer Cheryl Frances Hoad, and performed as part of this year’s Kings Lynn Festival and Young Norfolk Arts Festival.
It will be performed by Director of Music Jane Wells with the Even You Song Choir, Kings Lynn Minster Organist and Director of Music Adrian Richards and around 60 school children drawn from St Martha’s, Tilney All Saints, Anthony Curton and West Lynn primary schools – set against a background of digital projections.
I thought you may be interested to know about a unique choral performance that is happening in the grounds of Houghton Hall on Saturday, 6th of July.
Award-winning Norwich based choir ‘The Voice Project‘ present their summer concert, titled ‘I Reach Right Up to the Sun‘ and if it’s anything like previous Voice Project pieces it will be a unique and beautiful experience.
The 100+ singers of the choir will be leading the audience in and around the stunning gardens and grounds of Houghton Hall, performing specially composed contemporary choral music in a number of beautiful locations around the site.
There is also a Henry Moore sculpture exhibition on show at Houghton at the moment and these pieces and the landscape they currently sit in have inspired the music and the staging of the show. If you’ve seen a Voice Project performance before then you’ll know it will be well worth making the trip out to catch it.
There are two performances, a 5:30 pm and an 8:00 pm – I think the first show is close to selling out, if it hasn’t already, but there are still a few tickets available for the 8:00 pm ‘twilight’ performance.
If you are interested, you can find more information and purchase tickets from www.voiceproject.co.uk/buy-tickets
If you would like to be kept informed about future Voice Project concerts as well as opportunities to sing with the choir then you can sign up to their mailing list here.
Norwich Synagogue is proud to announce a special concert on
Sunday 14th July by ‘Shir’. Shir is the “complete” Jewish music group playing music of the Jewish Diaspora and Israel: Klezmer, Israeli, Yiddish, Sephardi and Ladino music.
In the 21 yrs since Shir was born, they have provided quality Jewish music for countless Weddings, Bar / Bat mitzvahs, Birthday parties, Wedding Anniversaries, as well as concerts, charity events, fundraisers and synagogue events. You will find this will be a complete foot tapping experience, if you don’t get up and dance that is!
Please get your tickets as soon as possible as space is limited.
The Chapel, Park Lane, NR 2 3EF
Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm
BEN JOHNSON tenor
TOM PRIMROSE piano
Schubert; Wehmut – Der Zwerg – Nacht und Träume – Der Winetrabend – Die Sterne
Poulenc; Montparnasse – Paganini – Le Bestiaire – Two Aragon settings ( -C & Fetes Galantes)
Roger Quilter; Come Away Death – O Mistress Mine – 7 Elizabethan Lyrics
Sunday 30th June at 6.30pm
Chopin; Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58
Sunday 28th July at 6.30pm
Chopin; Sonata N 3
Comeau; Dance- Canons
Gonza & Gershwin
Thursday 29th August
Pre Wigmore song recital
Tickets on the door
Music in Norwich this weekend Saturday 22 June/Sunday 23 June plus lunchtime organ recital Monday 24 June
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
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 www.ticketsource.co.uk/ast
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Sunday 23 June 2019, 2.30pm
Norwich Theatre Royal
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
Saturday 15th June : Mancroft Music : Julian Haggett : St Peter Mancroft : 1pm
Organ recital by the organist at St Peter Mancroft
Saturday 15th June : St Peter Mancroft Church : 7.30pm
Weber Bassoon Concerto
Schubert Symphony No 5 in B flat major
Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E flat ‘Eroica’
Soloist Paul Killby
Conductor Tadeusz Kaznowski
Leader Fiona Hutchins
A performance of the Eroica Symphony is always special, but teamed with the less frequently heard Bassoon concerto by Weber and Schubert’s 5th Symphony, said to have been written during a period of particular infatuation with Mozart’s music, our summer concert offers a treat for the ears.
Saturday 15th June : Norwich Cathedral : 7.30pm
HAYDN : The Creation
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir
Norwich Cathedral Players
Katherine Crompton Gabriel
Gareth Treseder Uriel
Edward Grint Raphael
Ashley Grote Conductor
Tickets £10 – £28 (£5 for U18s in side aisles)
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir & Players
Thursday 13 June 2019, 1pm
Benjamin Baker violin
Ysaye Sonata No 2 in A minor, Op 27 No 2 ‘Obsession’
JS Bach Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Full details, programme and booking details here