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.

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

Colin Currie Group at Kings Place 2018Currie and Reich – The Colin Currie Quartet
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.

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Suffolk Singers


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:
or Alma Gower ( or
tel. 01379 788143),
or Mike Gregory ( 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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Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th May at The Garage, Chapelfield

The Garage is a great venue for music, comedy and theatre as well as workshops for young people. It is intimate with a chance to get up close to the musicians, large enough to be comfortable with raked seating and a small bar onsite. If you haven’t been before, this is an ideal opportunity to try one of these concerts – very different but both will be excellent.

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 7.30pm
Dean Friedman
Hailed by critics and fans as one of the finest song-writers of his generation, Dean Friedman has a legendary status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia and more.
Tickets: £25  Age: 12+

Thursday 9 May 2019, 7.30pm
The Bach Players with Ricardo Barros present
Dance of the Nations
The Bach Players join with Ricardo Barros to present music that embodies the European idea in music and dance.
Tickets: £17.50/Family ticket: £45 All ages

Please book in advance because of limited availability
onlinefrom The Garage or phone 01603 598646
or in person from The Garage 14 Chapefield 

dance of the nations

For our next concert you are in for a very special treat! The Bach Players have been invited by the London Festival of BaroqueMusic to produce a show in collaboration with the dancer Ricardo Barros. They wanted to offer this wonderful programme to the Norwich audience, so in order to coincide with the dates of the Festival, the date of our summer concert had to be brought forward. Also, a different venue was needed to provide the space, stage, and lighting needed for such a show; hence the choice of The Garage which has all these facilities. We hope our faithful audience will not be put off by these changes but see this show as a special opportunity to experience the marriage ofmusic and dance, a fundamental feature of the Baroque period.

Musicians have always travelled, and this concert will take you across the continent from Russia to Turkey. Some of the musicwill be both played and danced to. Telemann’s suite Les Nations, in which the characters of European countries are depicted in music, leads on to Rebel’s Les Caractères de la Danse, a compendium of the main dance forms of the period. Telemann’s ‘burlesque’ suite Don Quixotefollows the adventures of the eccentric Spanish nobleman who lives in a fantasy world where he fights with windmills and hankers after Dulcinée, a peasant woman whom he imagines as a great lady. Two solo harpsichord pieces by Couperin, Les Folies françaises and Les Petits Moulins à Vent relate to the Rebel piece and to Don Quixote. The concert ends with Vivaldi’s passionate and hugely popular set of variations on ‘La Follia’.

This show is full of excitement and fun, and can be enjoyed for people of all ages. It will remind us of the age-old links between nations and will be a welcome break from the relentless news of Brexit!

The music

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), Les Nations (orchestral suite in B-flat major TWV 55:B5)
François Couperin (1688–1733), ‘Les Folies Françaises’ from Pièces de clavecin, troisième livre, treizième ordre
Jean-Féry Rebel (1666–1747), Les Caractères de la Danse
François Couperin, ‘Les Petits Moulins à vent’ from Pièces de clavecin, troisième livre, dixseptième ordre
Georg Philipp TelemannBurlesque de Quixotte (orchestral suite, TWV 55:G10)
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741), ‘La Follia’ (op. 1, sonata no. 12 in D minor, RV 63
The performers
Ricardo Barros dance and choreography
Nicolette Moonen violin and director
Anna Curzon violin
Rachel Stott viola
Olaf Reimers cello
Silas Wollston harpsichord

More information about this concert here
The Bach Players are also giving this concert in slightly different form in London on 11 May

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Two into One : Keswick Hall Choir Saturday 27 April

St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich, Saturday 27 April 2019, 7.30 pm
a joint concert with The Maidstone Singers (director Kathryn Ridgeway)

Our first collaboration with another choir will see us doing ‘home and away fixtures’. The concert will feature a variety of English music from the 15th-21st centuries, including a world première. The oldest piece, by Robert Wylkynson, in 13 vocal parts, is a setting of the Creed from the Eton Choirbook, a collection of music assembled around 1490. The newest will be a piece by Michael Lewis, in praise of St Cecilia, which will be sung by The Maidstone Singers. The main works in the programme are Britten’s setting of texts by W.H. Auden, Hymn to St Cecilia and Bob Chilcott’s The Making of the Drum, which will involve the choirs using various hand-held percussion instruments. There will also be pieces by Byrd, Gibbons, Pearsall and Purcell.

Tickets £12, £5 (students), £2 (under 14)
All tickets from St George’s Music Shop or

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Piatti Quartet, Assembly House Music 1pm 25 April

A quick reminder that this month’s  lunchtime concert is on Thursday when we welcome the PIATTI QUARTET – programme is as below.

You may also be interested to know that CHROMA will be performing a very unusual concert of early and contemporary music  in the atmospheric setting of St John’s Church Maddermaket – that’s TO-NIGHT at 7.30pm I hour without interval.

1pm Thursday April 25th at 1pm

Mendelssohn; Quartet in F minor Op 80
Walton; Quartet in A minor

Tickets on the door or

And tonight

CHROMA  at St Johns Church, Maddermarket
7.30pm Tuesday 23rd April

AWAKENING –a deeply moving experience

Tickets on the door

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Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music at John Innes Centre Sunday 7 April 3pm



Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Club presents…

Sunday 7 April 2019, 3pm

James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong,


Violin Sonata in D, Op.12 No.1
Violin Sonata in A, Op.12 No.2
Violin Sonata in A minor, Op.23
Violin Sonata in E flat, Op.12 No.3

(The cycle will be completed next season, 2019-2020)

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong begin their journey through the Beethoven violin sonatas with the first four works of the series. The triptych, Op.12, shows the young composer’s style at its most wilfully subversive, from the energy of the opening work and the elegant wit of the middle sonata to the dazzling virtuosity of the last in the series. More mysterious and subdued is the highly compressed A minor Sonata Op.23.

Pre-concert talk by Misha Donat 1.45pm

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Assembly House Classical Lunchtime concert Thursday 28 March 1pm



19 Year Old Saxophonist ROB BURTON – one of the stars of the BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018 – will be in Norwich on Thursday 1pm for one of the Assembly House classical lunchtime concerts. Those of us who watched the televised final last year will not forget Rob’s charismatic performance. He brings with him pianist CHRISTINE ZERAFA for an exciting programme details below;-

Music Room, Assembly House, Norwich
Thursday March  28 at 1pm

Tickets on the door or online

Rob Burton (saxophone) & Christine Zerafa (piano)

Debussy; Saxophone Rhapsodie
Paul Creston; Saxophone Sonata Op.19
Marcello; Concerto in D minor
Robert Planel; Prelude et Saltarelle
Pedro Iturralde; Pequena Czarda

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