Assembly House Classical : 26 August 1pm : Daniel Piero and Clare O’Connell

On  26 August at 1pm the very exceptional violinist DANIEL PIERO with cellist Clare O’Connell will give a typically innovative programme including two of the Mystery Sonatas by the Bohemian- Austrian composer Heinrich Biber and an unusual arrangement of J S Bach’s  famous Chaconne. Pioro’s interest in finding new ways of listening to and creating sound has led to creative relationships including Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

Thursday 26 August at 1pm



Heinrich Biber; Passacaglia                                                                                                           

Cassandra Miller; For Mira                                                                                                        

Heinrich Biber; The Agony in the Garden                                                                                 

Reiko Füting; tanz.tanz                                                                                 

J S Bach: Chaconne (Partita No 2) 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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There are just a few seats left for Finghin Collins recital on Monday at 7pm. The highly praised Irish pianist is performing this programme in Norwich only, prior to his Wigmore Hall recital next Wednesday, Roger 

Monday 19th July 2021 at 7pm –


Schubert Four Impromptus D. 935 (36 mins)
Deirdre Gribbin Anfa Virga, from the Ros Tapestry Suite (2015) (7 mins)
Gerald Barry Midday, from Ros Tapestry Suite (2014)  (8 mins)
John Field Midi in E major ( 4 mins)
Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1 in C minor (7 mins)
Chopin Scherzo No.2 in B flat minor Op. 31 (11 mins)

Sunday 25th July at 3pm &  6.30pm

Maya Iwabuchi violin

David Parry piano

Brahms; Violin Sonata No 1 in G major  Op 78

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 9  in A major Op 47  ‘Kreutzer’

Sunday 8th August at 6.30pm

Rebecca Harris – violin
Kate Bennett  baroque cello
Matt Wadsworth  lute & theorbo

A programme of 17th cent sonatas from across The Alps by Schmelzer, Marini, Castello & Bertali interspersed with pieces for Theorbo by Kapsberger & Piccinini

 Sunday 5th September at 6.30pm


Beethoven Sonatas Op 109,110 & 111

Assembly House Classical : Zoffany Ensemble 15 July 1pm

Zoffany Ensemble - four playerswithout instruments, two male, two female
Zoffany Ensemble

Don’t miss this Thursday’s lunchtime concert at The Assembly House from the Zoffany Ensemble. We have a very limited number of tickets remaining on sale but If you’d like to attend and haven’t yet got a ticket you can book online via the ‘Book Tickets’ link below…  All major credit cards are now accepted and you don’t need to log in to or use Paypal. 

Zoffany Ensemble
Thursday, 15th July at 1:00pm
The Assembly House, Norwich


Mozart; Piano Quartet in G min K478

Faure; Piano Quartet in C min Op 15

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In an effort to keep everyone safe we are continuing to run our events are half capacity, socially distancing the seating, ventilating the room as best we can and requiring everyone (unless exempt) to wear a mask or face covering throughout the concert. We hope that these measures will help to reassure you and give you confidence in attending. If you have any questions then please do get in touch. 

Best wishes and hope to see you on Thursday!  


Assembly House Classical

June update from Norwich Chamber Music

We are delighted to announce that Steven Isserlis will join our Artistic Director Misha Donat in a Zoom pre-concert talk at 6.30 pm on Friday June 18th in advance of his concerts at the John Innes Conference Centre on Saturday June 19th. As usual, register at NCM TicketSource.

For Covid related reasons, Connie Shih will be unable to accompany Steven at his recitals on June 19th, but we are  delighted that Sam Haywood has agreed at short notice to come to Norwich in her stead.

The Norwich Chamber Music summer series now includes: 

Steven Isserlis (cello) and Sam Haywood (piano), Saturday 19 June at 3.00pm and 6.00pm 

Bruch. Kol Nidrei
Strauss. Sonata in F Op.6 (original version)
Dvořák, arr. Isserlis. Four Romantic Pieces
Le Beau. Sonata in D Op.17 

At 6.30pm on Friday 18 June, Steven Isserlis will join with Misha Donat to give a pre-concert talk online. Registration is at NCM TicketSource. Tickets are £5.00, with no charge to NCM Season ticket holders and Members. 

Paul Lewis (piano), Saturday 26 June at 3.00pm and 6.00pm 

Mozart. Sonata in A K.331 (‘Turkish Rondo’)
Scriabin. Five Preludes Op.74
Mussorgsky. Pictures at an Exhibition

At 6.00pm on Friday 25 June, Richard Wigmore will give a pre-concert talk online. Registration is at NCM TicketSource. Tickets are £5.00, with no charge to NCM Season ticket holders and Members. 

Lawrence Power (viola) andHuw Watkins (piano), Saturday 3 July at 3.00pm and 6.00pm

Couperin. Prelude from Première Suite in E minor (Pièces de violes 1728)
Adès. Three Berceuses from ‘The Exterminating Angel’
Brahms. Sonata in F minor Op.120 No.1
Clarke. Sonata (1921)

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano), Saturday 17 July at 3.00pm and 6.00pm

Chopin. Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 63 No. 3;
Chopin. Waltz in A flat Op. 42
Chopin. Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No.4
Chopin. Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1
Chopin. Ballade No 3 in A flat Op. 47
Mozart. Sonata in A minor K.310
Chopin. Nocturne in E Op. 62 No.2
Chopin. Polonaise-Fantasy in A flat Op.61

For all of these concerts, the ticket price is £20, (complimentary to 2020-2021 Season Ticket holders, £15 to for 2020-2021 Members). Please note that everyone, including Season ticket holders, must have a booking before attending. There will be no sales on the door.  

Tickets can  be booked at NCM TicketSource. If you prefer to book by telephone, you can call the TicketSource box office on 0333 666 3366 (there is a fee of £1.80, and it is open weekdays 9.00am to 5.00 pm). As usual, please let us know if you require special seating arrangements.

For all of these concerts, we’re operating under the prevailing restrictions (with social distancing, masks, and no interval). The seating arrangements which meet these requirements are complex, so we ask you to accept and remain in the seats that the stewards offer you.  We shall endeavour to offer seats in the lower body of the auditorium first.

As ever, please share this newsletter with anyone you know who might be interested, and encourage them to both put themselves on our mailing list (via the NCM website) and come to one – or more –  of our concerts.  

With our best wishes,

Norwich Chamber Music

Norwich Chamber Music newsletter spring 2021

Norwich Chamber Music is delighted to offer you three events over the next few weeks, and invites you to book for them.

1.   Zoom talk by Misha Donat on Schumann, Friday April 30th, 6.30 pm 

This talk continues the series that Misha began during the winter months on the subjects of “Beethoven” and “Schubert”. Richard Wigmore has also spoken on “Haydn in London”. 
Tickets are priced at £5.00, but free of charge to Season ticket holders and Members. You may book now through NCM TicketSource  – or call us on 01603 505974 to reserve a place. On April 28th, sign in details will be sent to all who have registered. .
 2.   NCM 70th Anniversary Zoom party on Friday May 7th, 7.00 pm
The original Music Club held its inaugural meeting on April 28th 1951 under the Presidency of Benjamin Britten. This evening’s anniversary Zoom will consider our history and look to the future. It will be hosted by Christine Webber, and feature:

Gillian Cannell, daughter of Miriam Cannell, concert organiser for 40 years,
Stephen Orton, son in law of Kurt Schwarz, many years Treasurer,
Roger Rowe, our current President, and concert organiser in recent decades,
Misha Donat, current Artistic Director

Fill your glasses and enjoy the celebration!
This event is free of charge, but please book a ticket through NCM TicketSource  – or call us on 01603 505974 to reserve a place. On May 5th, sign in details will be sent to all who have registered.

3.   The Elias Quartet, John Innes Centre, Saturday May 29th at 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm
         Booking is through the Norwich and Norfolk Festival Office or website
Purcell, Henry: Fantasia in D minor z.739
Purcell, Henry: Fantasia in A minor z.740
Haydn, Joseph: String Quartet in G major op. 33 no. 5
Schumann, Robert: String Quartet in A op.41 no.3
This pair of concerts is promoted by NCM as its contribution to the 2021 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. All tickets are being offered through the Festival Box Office on a “Pay what you want” basis.
Priority booking is now available for Season ticket holders. General booking begins on April 15th. You can book through the   Festival Website or the Festival Box Office  01603 531800 (opening hours Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm; Sat 11am-4pm). You can also book in person at the pop up box office in Chantry Place Shopping Centre, NR1 3SH (Next to Hotel Chocolat) (opening hours Tue; Thu; Sat 11am-4pm) from Thursday 15 April.

We hope we shall see you at some of these events, if not all of them

With our best wishes,

The NCM Committee.

News from Norwich Chamber Music

Norwich Chamber Music is hosting a discussion led by Misha Donat about “Schubert”. It will be held on Zoom at 6.00 pm on Sunday February 14th, and follows the highly successful discussion on ‘Beethoven’ that Misha led in December. If you haven’t already signed in, please do so. Everyone is welcome. 

If you are a Season ticket Holder or Member, you can register for a complimentary ticket at  NCM TicketSource  or by writing to us at, in either case quoting your Season or Membership number.   

All other supporters are welcomed and can register for £5.00.atNCM TicketSource

Sign in details will be circulated to all who have registered 48 hours before the event.

If you have not already registered, we hope you will be able to attend


Our current plans for concerts are a little uncertain as we emerge from Covid restrictions. As a reminder, these are the dates that we currently plan, and we hope us to welcome you on many of them as regulations permit.

Sunday April 18th              Christiane Karg and Simon Lepper (if international travel restrictions permit)
Saturday May 15th            Alina Ibragimova and Cédric Tiberghien (Norwich and Norfolk Festival) 
Saturday June 19th          Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih (postponed from March 26th)
Saturday June 26th           Paul Lewis  (postponed from March 6th)
Saturday July 3rd               Laurence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips (postposed from February 14th
Saturday July 17th             Pavel Kolesnikov (postponed from September 12th 2020) 

The programmes originally planned are shown on our website, These may well change, however, particularly if social distancing arrangements cause us to offer two shorter concerts to limited audiences.

With best wishes to everyone, and let’s all hope for a speedy return to some form of normal life.

The Committee
Norwich Chamber Music

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

Britten Sinfonia: Bach’s Christmas Magnificat – last few tickets for a socially distanced performance

Britten Sinfonia: Bach’s Christmas Magnificat

Friday 18 December 2020, 5.30pm & 8pm

St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

A seasonal choral programme combining celebratory jubilation with the contemplation and mystery of the Christmas story. Morten Lauridsen’s exquisitely layered, luminous meditation for voices has become a much-loved, contemporary choral classic, and is described by its composer as “a quiet song of profound inner joy”. It contrasts vividly in this programme with Corelli’s joyous Christmas concerto – with its final movement Pastorale depicting the shepherds at Bethlehem – and Bach’s great setting of the Magnificat, heard here in its original version that includes additional Christmas movements; exuberant and uplifting in equal measure. Stephen Layton, one of the world’s most celebrated choral conductors, brings with him a consort of accomplished soloists that include soprano Julia Doyle and mezzo Helen Charlston.

Please click here to read more about what we are doing to keep you safe during our socially distanced performances.


10th anniversary online concert series from Ensemble Variances

Rouen is a city in Normandy which is twinned with Norwich in Norfolk, East Anglia.
Ensemble Variances is based in Rouen and led by composer and pianist Thierry Pécou. The ensemble has been developing relationships with Music in Norwich and elsewhere in the UK. It is their 10th anniversary this month and the gala concert they had planned has been cancelled so they have devised an online series instead.

Thierry and the Ensemble have the pleasure of inviting you to an online celebration concert via this link which will become active on Thursday 10 December at 9pm (8pm UK time) or via the attached invitation flyer

The Ensemble were due to play a celebratory concert, NAHASDZÁÁN in Besançon in France on 10 December, which has sadly had to be cancelled.

Rather than be confounded by Covid, they have programmed instead a three-concert series to be shown via YouTube starting on 10 December at 9pm French time, 8pm UK time,with Nahasdzaan (Mother Nature in the Glittering World), followed by two more on 25 December and 10 January, Outre-Mémoire (Beyond Memory) and Méditation (link available later).

Each concert will be available until the next concert is launched and we will post updated links beforehand (10 December, 25 December and 10 January).

We hope that you will be able to join us for the celebration event on 10 December 8pm UK time, 9pm in France or if not, to enjoy the concert series in your own time as the links will stay live for a while.

The ensemble looks forward to returning to live performance in the new year and hope that they will see some of you at their concerts either in the UK or in France.

You can find out more about Ensemble Variance and the concerts on the website as well as other projects they have been involved in

40 socially-distanced singers performing ‘Spem in alium’ at the Tate Modern

Majestic Renaissance music, the striking surroundings of the Tate Modern in London, and a deeply moving experience for us all.

There’s no piece of music like Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium. It’s one of the most iconic works for the human voice, featuring the choir of 40 independent singers and interweaving lines of music.

Written 450 years ago in 1570, it’s a masterpiece of composition. Writing for 40 different voices requires elaborate musical architecture. Often the voices join one by one and sing in different combinations, but several times in the 10-minute piece, all 40 voices enter at the same time. The sound is majestic and overwhelming.

It’s a piece that’s often sung in big, distinctive acoustics like cathedrals or cavernous basilicas. In May 2020, the leading British choir ORA Singers and their founder and director Suzi Digby planned to sing it somewhere quite different: one of London’s most strikingly modern spaces.

The Tate Modern on the banks of the Thames is one of the world’s most iconic galleries, with huge austere rooms situated in a massive Victorian former power station. The performance was to take place in the building’s Turbine Hall, to coincide with Tate Modern’s 20th birthday.