Sistema Norwich 8 June 2019

Next in the series of concerts for the Sistema Performance Project

Saturday 8 June 7pm Noverre Suite, Assembly House
SISTEMA COMPOSERS with Efraín Oscher
£7 Full / £5 Concs / £4 Sistema Parents, Under 16s FREE

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Sistema in Norwich is a programme that uses the experience of joyful, collective music-making to build resilience and raise aspiration among children and young people from some of Norwich’s poorest estates.

About Sistema Performance Project
The Sistema Performance Project will develop a series of concerts over the coming year with the Colegate Nucleo Orchestra, creating more opportunities for public performance and enabling our young people to work with a range of professional musicians and ensembles with different styles.  The project has created an exciting and engaging concert programme to show the progress of our young players, support the development of the Sistema in Norwich programme and extend the impact of our work with young people, including developing leadership.

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Notice: Raynham Hall has regrettably had to cancel recitals this weekend 8/9 June but has Open Days 18 June & 25 July

Raynham Hall Open Day Tours

Discover more about the political and social history of the influential Townshend family during an exclusive 17-room tour of Raynham Hall including the Marble Hall, the King’s Bedroom, designed for the visit of King Charles II, and the Belisarius Room.

The tours, led by Lord and Lady Townshend, are peppered with their personal anecdotes and the stories about this glorious stately home and its residents.

The 90 minute tours are held from 10am-3.30pm Tuesday 18 June, Thursday 25 July

The next Raynham Recital will be in September – details below

The September Weekend – September 7th & 8th 2019

Saturday 7th at 6.30pm: Rachel Podger has played both baroque and classical violin at Raynham and is returning with her regular harpsichord accompanist Marcin Światkiewicz, a newcomer to Raynham. Their programme includes music of the late C16th to very early C18th: Fontana, Leonarda, Corelli, JS Bach, Veracini & Frescobaldi.

Sunday 8th at 3.30pm: this afternoon concert of Renaissance and Baroque music is presented by a sparky trio of musicians playing solo and in duet and trio combinations. Tabea Debus – recorder & cello, Louise Ayrton – violin & Pawel Siwczak – harpsichord.

 

To book http://www.raynhamrecitals.co.uk or ring 01328 862133
Email admin@raynhamhall.co.uk
Raynham Hall, East Raynham, Fakenham Norfolk NR21 7E

The Marble Hall

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Raynham Hall near Fakenham, Norfolk has been the seat of the Townshend family for over 400 years. Raynham Recitals is a programme of chamber music held in what used to be the great hall of this 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 C18th style, the Marble Hall 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 at the Raynham Recitals.

Musical Advisor: Michael Chance CBE

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Norwich Baroque 1st June 7.30pm

Saturday 1 June 2019, 7.30pm
St George’s Church, Colegate, Norwich

French Dances, Frogs and Windmills – Baroque Connections               

Many of you will be familiar with the TV programme ‘Only Connect’. Well, here we have an evening of music which all connects in some way. It centres around Corelli’s joyful Op. 6 no. 2 which is the inspiration for this year’s winning composition from the Losh-Atkinson Historic Sounds Composition competition.

Handel also wrote an Op.6 for strings, so we will include his Op.6 no.2 as well… you get the idea.

Some of the connections will be obvious, some more tenuous, but included in the programme are Telemann’s Frog concerto and his Don Quixote suite, Rebel’s Characters of the dance and a harpsichord concerto by the rarely played José António Carlos de Seixas.

www.norwichbaroque.co.uk

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Review: Currie and Reich – The Colin Currie Quartet Norwich Playhouse Monday 20 May NNFestival 2019

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Norwich Playhouse Monday 20 May NNFestival 2019
a review by Marion de Mello Catlin

The Colin Currie Quartet played a blinder last night in Norwich Playhouse. I didn’t know about them before the concert and was interested to go to a performance that was all percussion based as the percussion section rarely gets the glory in an orchestra, and I also like the music of Steve Reich. The Playhouse was packed with not a spare seat in the house – great to see such a turnout – obviously many people better informed than me!

The Quartet was formed fairly recently in 2018 by Colin Currie who is clearly completely passionate about percussion and the Quartet. After the first piece (Mallet Quartet by Joseph Perreira) he introduced the Quartet and explained that the composer Steve Reich was very important to the raison d’être of the quartet and that the works pivot around his compositions, with two pieces in the programme by Reich.

It was really helpful to have an in-depth but concise explanation of the basis of each piece, especially for those if us who are not familiar with this kind of music. I wish that more musicians would do that – Currie was good at it. The stage was full with instruments I hadn’t seen before – marimbas it turns out – two with long pipes and two with shorter, 4 musicians each with two ‘lollipop’ drumsticks in each hand, four per person. At times, the playing was so complex and blended that it was hard to discern the source of the sound. The marimbas’ deep tones flowed together, especially the bass instruments and sounded almost electronic.

Colin played a couple of numbers on his own Xenakis’ Rebonds B for solo percussion and Stockhausen’s Vibra-Elufa. Together they played Kevin Volans Four Marimbas and Reich’s Mallet Quartet before the last piece Reich’s Drumming Part 1.

The speed rhythm and energy was impressive throughout the evening, though none of the first 5 pieces could come near the finale piece Drumming Part 1 composed by Steve Reich. It was like the Olympics of percussion in its performance and virtuosity. Colin explained the basis of the piece, a simple (on its own) basic rhythm underpinning the whole piece beaten out on 8 tuned drums, again 4 musicians working together and in relays. The same 12 notes as a single rhythm repeated which, as an audience member was a godsend at times as it enabled me to find a point to return to and steady path throughout. Colin explained phasing and how the notes interlock and rotate around each other which really helped the appreciation of the piece.

Musically it was interesting, visually it was fascinating – watching the percussionists work in waves, first all together then periodically standing back, their arms working at blurring speed throughout. Physically, it was a feat of musicianship, almost unbelievable and breathtaking technical skill rivalling the most extreme of acrobats, daredevil motorcyclists or   demanding magical coordination and muscular energy. I can’t tell you exactly that it was a lovely piece of music as I was bewitched and hypnotised by the technical skill. After what seemed an eaon of blurred arms and drumsticks, they reached a crescendo and then instantly stopped with a resounding and precise ‘crack’, absolutely as one. In the drumming Olympics, then there is absolutely no doubt that they ran away with the Gold.

If you missed it, or want to listen to a sample there’s a YouTube link below but I would recommend catching a live performance if you ever get the chance. The Quartet is new and this is their debut programme so it is worth watching out for more as they add to their repertoire – they have an amazing future I am sure and hopefully will be back in Norwich before too long.

https://youtu.be/KmlbuRGubrI
https://www.colincurrie.com/news/2018/8/3/colin-currie-quartet

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Suffolk Singers

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Saturday 25 May 2019, 7.30pm
Norwich Cathedral, The Close, Norwich

SUFFOLK SINGERS sing music by Palastrina, Finzi, Hutchings, Tavener and Stainer

This concert is a lovely way to spend an evening in May: set in wonderful Norwich Cathedral, this out-standing SATB choir brings you beautiful well-loved anthems and magical modern choir pieces. It will be a treat for anyone who appreciates great choir singing and a delightful surprise for anyone who thinks ‘this is not my cup of tea’!

​Under the musical direction of former English National Opera Principal Artist, Claire Weston, the programme will include music specially written for Suffolk Singers by composer and organist Jamie John Hutchings, who will also perform solo on the organ. John is a highly accomplished organist; don’t miss this opportunity to hear the superb cathedral organ played to the full, both in recital and accompanying the choir.

Tickets: £15, available from:
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/462231
or Alma Gower (almagower@btinternet.com or
tel. 01379 788143),
or Mike Gregory (gregory.hintlesham@tiscali.co.uk or  tel. 01449 711139)

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Suffolk Singers is an award-winning choir which has sung to hugely appreciative audiences in many prestigious venues in the UK, including the nearby cathedrals of Bury St. Edmunds and Ely and also abroad, including the cathedrals of Ypres and Ghent last year.

In 2017, Suffolk Singers were proud to feature in the summer concert series at Binham Priory. They have also performed alongside the group G4 and recorded for SkyArts with Richard. E. Grant for Tate Britain.

They are returning to Norfolk for this special concert in Norwich Cathedral in May.

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Norfolk & Norwich Festival starts on Friday 10 May 2019

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Job opportunities: Into Opera are recruiting

Into Opera are currently recruiting for two roles:
Norfolk Into Opera Festival Coordinator
Fundraising Associate
Deadline Saturday 11th May.

 

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