Academy of St Thomas Concert – St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Saturday 17th October – 7.30pm

Academy of St Thomas Concert – St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
Saturday 17th October – 7.30pm

Soloists from the Maggini Quartet

For their final concert of the season, the Academy of St Thomas known and highly respected in the region as a leading orchestra with high professional performances, presents a sparkling programme. Two renowned string players Julian Leaper and Martin Outram, both members of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet, will join forces for Mozart’s greatly loved Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Conducted by the orchestra’s principal guest conductor Christopher Adey, now completing his 31st season in Norwich, the orchestra will play  Beethoven’s Fidelio overture and a complete performance of Dvorak’s energetic and tuneful Slavonic Dances Op. 46. Often heard as very recognisable single dances, this is a rare chance to hear the eight dances in one performance. Tickets available from Prelude Records: 01603 628319 and on the door.

Julian Leaper
In 1978 Julian won a Junior Exhibition Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied Violin with Emanuel Hurwitz and piano as joint first study with Hamish Milne. He was awarded several prizes for solo performance and chamber music including the prestigious Gerard Heller award for which he won first prize for Quartet playing.

In 1982 he continued his studies with Alberto Lysy at the Yehudi Menuhin Academy Gstaad and Tomatada Soh and Kenneth Sillitoe in London.
He made his London debut performing a programme of British music at the Purcell Room. He has since performed as leader and soloist with many British orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, and the New London Orchestra. He has worked regularly with all the major chamber Orchestras and ensembles including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields,English Chamber Orchestra , Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square.

His solo and concerto performances include the complete Brandenburg concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vivaldis Four Seasons at the Purcell Room, Mozart D major violin concerto at St Johns Smith Square, Beethoven Triple concerto and Vaughn Williams Lark Ascending together with a number of other solo performances at venues across the UK. He has recorded a large number of sound tracks for Film and TV including “Harry Potter” , “Lord of the Rings”, “James Bond” and has recorded the solo violin tracks for Ridley Scott’s “Tristan and Isolde” and TV blockbusters such as “Upstairs Downstairs”, “Cranford”, and “Downton Abbey”.
Julian plays on a J B Vuillaume violin made in 1860.

Martin Outram
Martin Outram studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet and also appears regularly as a soloist. He has recorded over forty discs with the quartet and other chamber music ensembles and has been the recipient of the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, a Cannes Classical Award, three Grammy nominations and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music. His solo discs have been widely acclaimed, including five star reviews in the BBC Music Magazine, Gramaphone and Strad magazines. Several works have been written for him, including concertos by Adam Gorb and David Gow. He has appeared as a concerto soloist at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall and performed on tour in South America as a soloist with the Britten Sinfonia. His recital partner is Julian Rolton, with whom he has given recitals throughout the UK and at international viola competitions and congresses. He has given masterclasses in China, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Poland and the USA and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Fellow of Brunel and Canterbury Christ Church Universities. He plays on a very fine viola by Henricus Catenar, made in Turin in 1680.

Academy of St Thomas spring programme 2015

For 2015, we bring you three varied concerts with some interesting programmes.

Saturday 7th March – the distinguished horn player Timothy Brown returns to perform the favourite Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. After over 20 years’ service with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he is now principal horn of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and continues to teach and perform internationally. Tim will also play the lovely Glazunuv Idyll for Horn and Strings. Conducted by Christopher Adey, this concert will begin with a rare chance to hear Schoenberg’s short and  lyrical Chamber Symphony No 2.  Dvorak’s inventive Symphonic Variations will conclude the attractive programme.

Saturday 20th June Matthew Andrews returns to conduct two of the most famous symphonies – Mozart’s Symphony No 40 and Haydn’s Symphony No 94 ‘Surprise’. Leading European virtuoso clarinettist Matthew Hunt will no doubt delight us with Weber’s popular Clarinet Concerto. This concert will conclude with a UK premiere of the Traditional Klezmer Dances for Clarinet and Strings, arranged by John Piper.  This promises to make an exhilarating and unusual finale to the concert!

Saturday 17th OctoberThe Maggini Quartet is ranked amongst the UK’s leading string quartets, and we are delighted to be joining with them for a collaborative concert.  As well as Mozart’s wonderful Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, there will be a performance of Gordon Jacob’s Pro Corda suite for Quartet and Strings.

Do consider becoming a Patron and help the orchestra – for 2015, we have re- launched our Patrons Scheme with opportunities and offers at several levels.

Silver Patrons 2015
Minimum payment of £25 per individual or couple

Advance booking for all concerts
£1 off the (full) ticket price for 2 tickets,
Reserved seats at Salle (maximum 4)
A free programme
Name listed in concert programmes if wished.

Gold Patrons 2015
Minimum payment of £50 per individual or couple.

Buy one ticket get one free (up to two tickets) for St Andrew’s Hall concerts
Advance booking for all concerts
£1 off the (full) ticket price for 2 tickets
Reserved seats at Salle (maximum 4)
A free programme
Name listed in concert programmes if wished.

Patrons application forms can be downloaded from our website .

Visit our website for full details of our new Corporate and Partners scheme. We hope you enjoy the season.

Sally Wortley – Orchestral Administrator

Tonight Saturday 21 June Academy of St Thomas Concert at Salle Church

Academy of St Thomas
conductor Matthew Andrews
soloist Catherine May (conductor’s wife!)

Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Mozart Exsultate Jubilate
Copland Quiet City 
Ives The Unanswered Question
Haydn Symphony 85 ‘La Reine.’

Salle Church 7.30 pm

The Academy of St Thomas was founded in 1973 and has been promoting high calibre concerts in the region ever since. The players of the Academy are drawn from professional musicians and peripatetic teachers who donate their talents in order to play in a high-standard orchestra. Concerts have been acclaimed for their high professional standards and exhilarating performances under the direction of conductor Christopher Adey. 

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41st Academy of St Thomas Season Saturday 1st March 2014

A feast of new programmes to delight you from Academy of St Thomas!

Saturday 1st March 2014
St. Andrew’s Hall, Norwich – 7.30pm

St David’s Day Concert
Dohnanyi – Concertino for harp
Brahms – Symphony No 2
Danielle Perrett – harp
Christopher Adey – conductor

In 2014 we have drawn up 3 concert programmes to offer, covering a variety of music with the odd lesser known work for which the AST has been so complimented for. The first concert is a perfect example of this as harpist Danielle Perrett who has played so many times with the orchestra, will perform the Concertino for Chamber orchestra and harp by the Hungarian composer Dohnanyi. She will also play the popular Danse Sacree et danse profane by Debussy. Danielle is in great demand all over the world as a player and we are delighted that she is going to join us as a soloist.

The concert will begin with the lively Dances from Galanta by Kodaly and will conclude with the majestic Symphony No 2 in D major by Brahms.

Tickets for March 1st March are on sale at Prelude Records.

The orchestra is very dependent on our Patrons and sponsorship in order to sustain this level of music making. This is an area that is getting increasingly harder for organisations such as ours. Do consider becoming a Patron and/or if you know anyone who might like to sponsor us do ask them to be in touch. By becoming a Patron and contributing from £15 per year, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting what has become known as one of the best ensembles of its kind in the country. All the musicians give their services in return for music-making at this level and working with high calibre soloists and conductors. Full details and standing order forms are on our website or just email me and I will send one.

 Sally Wortley – Orchestral Administrator
Victoria House, 215 College Rd, Norwich, NR2 3JD 01603 504301

 Comments received after our special 40th Anniversary Concert last October.
‘I felt compelled to write to you as I have just had one of the most memorable experiences of my concert life’

‘The concert last Saturday was inspired! The best one we have heard since arriving in Norwich 25 years ago …… a triumph of playing, conducting; an exhilarating evening!’ .