Into Opera are recruiting for a project based in Norwich and Great Yarmouth

Music Director and Assistant to the Composer

Into Opera are looking for a dynamic, inspirational and creative Music Director for a
children’s opera and education project taking place in Norfolk from September 2017 –
February 2018. This project will culminate in the professional world premiere of A King’s
Ransom, a new opera by renowned classical composer Patrick Hawes.

More details are on the pdf attached

Job Description – Music Director and Assistant to the Composer

Sivan Rotem at The Assembly House Thursday 2 March 2017

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When the world’s busiest conductor, Maestro Valery Gergiev, heard that there is a soprano who works on five continents, as does he, he exclaimed with thus supreme authority that “she is the only one”. That classically-trained singer is Sivan Rotem, an Argentinian-born Israeli whose burgeoning career in opera, concerts, recitals, radio, television, cabaret, commercial recordings and master classes has taken her across the Americas via the West Indies and many continental European countries to Egypt, South Africa, China and Australia.

Described by the Salt Lake Tribune following her Brahms Requiem with the Utah Symphony as “a classy vocal talent” with “an angelic soprano voice”, Sivan Rotem is considered one of the most outstanding singers of Israel. Born in Buenos Aires, she started her musical training as a violinist. Graduating from Haifa University in English and Literature and the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in Singing, she continued her vocal studies in the USA with Ellen Faull.

She made her debut with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears regularly with all the leading orchestras of Israel. She also sang many leading roles with the Israeli Opera and in Germany, Finland and the USA.

Sivan Rotem enjoys a successful career worldwide and has sung with symphony orchestras across North and South America and in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Macedonia and South Africa. Recitals have taken her to the USA, UK, Albania, Czech Republic, Spain, Finland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, France, Argentina, Egypt, China and Australia.

Her flamenco quartet Classic Flamenco was invited to Madrid where it sold out at the Suma Flamenco Festival, subsequently appearing in England at the Henley Festival and in London to great acclaim.

Her discography includes Aharon Harlap’s Symphony No 2, “L’Oiseau de la Guerre” for Helicon, a Spanish CD, “Viva el Amor” for Romeo Records, and two CDs dedicated to songs by Giacomo Meyerbeer, the latest released in December, 2016.

The recital will also be given in London the previous evening, Wednesday 1 March.

Concert management Dario Salvi 07424 418863 See http://artaxismusic.com/

Chamber Music weekend 21/22 January 2017 at John Innes Centre

This year’s January Chamber Music weekend – Sat 21 & 22 January – looks exceptional with Michael Collins & his distinguished  friends hosting a feast of music including rare performances in Norwich  of  Beethoven’s Septet (one of his most popular works in his lifetime) and Schubert’s magical OctetMichael Collins has assembled a first class team including Alexander Sitkovetsky, Thomas Carroll, Philip Dukes & Richard Watkins – so expect great performances!

The 2017 Norfolk Young Musician Competition takes place at the John Innes Conference Centre, Colney on Sunday 15 January from 10 – 5.30. 16 young musicians of Grade 8 standard from across the county will each present a 15 minute programme of music which will be adjudicated by the world renowned harpist Danielle Perrett. Admission is free and audience are welcome to come and go between performances. The winners will be announced at 5.30pm. N&N Chamber Music sponsor the Woodwind prize – so please pop in if you are free.

N&N Chamber Music Weekend 
John Innes Centre 
21st & 22nd January 2017
Tickets: Prelude 01603 628319 or online  www.norwichchambermusic.co.uk or on the door

Michael Collins & Friends

Alexander Sitkovetsky & So Ock Kim – violins Philip Dukes – viola Thomas Carroll – cello Lynda Houghton – double bass Richard Watkins – horn Daniel Jemison – bassoon Michael McHale – piano

Saturday 21st January 2017, 7:30pm

  • Pre-concert discussion with Michael Collins at 6:30pm
  • Beethoven: Septet in E flat, Op.20
  • Schubert: Octet in F major, D.803

Sunday 22nd January 2017, 11:30am

  • Brahms: Clarinet Sonata No.2 in E flat, Op.120/2
  • Weber: Grand Duo Concertante, Op.48
  • Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata

Sunday 22nd January 2016, 3:00pm

  • Pre-concert introduction to Messiaen‘s Quartet for the End of Time by Professor Peter Hill at 1:45pm
  • Bartok: Contrasts for violin, clarinet & piano
  • Stravinsky: Soldiers Tale Suite
  • Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

 

Recital at Raynham Hall

Today I have been invited to a recital at Raynham Hall. I have not been there before, nor really been aware of the Hall as a concert venue but it seems that the owners of the hall, Lord and Lady Townshend are keen to use their stately home to help raise money to repair some of their works of art which are in desperate need of restoration. In particular, they are trying to raise the fund of £48,000 to restore three invaluable 17th century paintings of the children of King Charles I.

They have spent the last 5 years restoring the fine art works and decor of the hall which has been in the Townshend family since 1620. Sir Roger Townshend started the building and then in the 1720s, the 2nd Viscount Townshend commissioned William Kent  who later went on to design both Holkham and Houghton Halls which are nearby – and well-recognised as treasures of Norfolk.

Kent’s design work was ornate and included elaborate carvings and mosaics, decorated doorways and lanterns most of which are intact today.

Tonight’s concert will be held in the Marble Hall of Raynham which apparently has astonishing acoustics. It is part of a series of concerts to bring world-class musicians to perform in the house so that people can experience the atmosphere created by the works which the money will help to maintain.

I am looking forward to hearing acclaimed violinist Rachel Podger who is a leading musician in the Baroque and Classical style and Maggie Cole who is also internationally acclaimed for her virtuosity on piano, fortepiano and harpsichord.

I think this will be a rare opportunity to recreate the atmosphere of an 18th century drawing room, and will possibly signal the emergence of Raynham as a distinctive concert venue – I will report back!

Tickets are £50 with proceeds going to the restoration fund and I believe are still available – the phone number is 01328 862133 if you would like to check

Marion de Mello Catlin
editor Music in Norwich

Saturday 17th September 2017 – The C18 Sound

Regular ticket holders of Raynham Recitals will remember an electrifying evening last June with Rachel Podger & Maggie Cole performing JS Bach. For the September recital Rachel & Maggie have chosen the following programme for violin & fortepiano:

CPE Bach – Sonata in C minor
W A Mozart – Sonata for violin & piano KV454 (1784)
L van Beethoven – Sonata for violin & piano No.7 in C Minor, Op.30 No.2 (1801-02)

The Saturday recital is nearly always the mega-star concert and September 17th is no exception as Rachel Podger is, as many of you know, a violinist of world class who performed JS Bach here 18 months ago with Maggie Cole in their first recital together. Maggie, famed not least for her recording of the Goldberg Variations, is a regular at Raynham and we are thrilled to have her here again with Rachel.

Coming up! Chamber Music Weekend

From Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music

A Happy New Year to all and welcome to our first John Innes concerts in 2016. We start with a weekend of music devised by the brilliant young Belgian cellist David Cohen, who has assembled an impressive team of fellow musicians from Canada, Russia and the UK. Of particular interest is the final Sunday afternoon concert featuring the  Michael Nyman Quartet written especially for the Smith Quartet. David Higgins, who has been commissioned to write a especially for this concert, is one of the most exciting and innovative young composers  who has already notched up compositions for BBC Proms. Gordon Crosse’s new cello sonata also written for David Cohen, will get two performances (15th & 17th)– two world premieres in a weekend cannot be bad!  The weekend finishes with  Schubert’s glorious string quintet, which many consider to be amongst the finest pieces of chamber music ever written. Hope to see you sometime over the weekend. Roger

P.S. Both the Ibragimova concerts on 8th & 22nd January are fully reserved  so please don’t come along unless you are on the list! All other chapel concerts are fine for space just turn up and pay n the door!

 Chamber Music Weekend

Cello Con Brio “Magical Journeys”
David Cohen & friends

Cello Con Brio “Magical Journeys”
The Chapel, Park Lane
Friday 15th January 2016, 7:30pm

David Cohen – cello
Bach: Solo Suite No.1 in G
Gordon Crosse: Sonata No. 1 for solo cello – World Premiere
Gaspar Cassadó; Suite for solo cello

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Cello Con Brio “Magical Journeys”
John Innes Centre
Saturday 16th at 7.30pm

David Cohen – cello Katya Apekisheva – piano Corinne Chapelle – violin

Pre-concert discussion with David Cohen at 6:30pm

  • Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5
  • Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1, Op.78
  • Arensky: Piano Trio No.1, Op.32

 

John Innes Centre
Sunday 17th at 11.30pm
David Cohen – cello Katya Apekisheva – piano

  Schnittke: Suite in the Old Style

  • Beethoven: Cello Variations “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”, Op.66
  • Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
  • Paganini: Moise Variations on one string

 

John Innes Centre
Sunday 17th at 3pm
David Cohen & Smith Quartet

Nyman: String Quartet No.5 “Let’s not make a song and dance out of this”

  • Gordon Crosse: Sonata No.1 for solo cello
  • Gavin Higgins: ‘Howl’ for solo cello and string quartet

Schubert: String Quintet in C

Trio Con Brio, Copenhagen Saturday 22 March 2014, 7:30pm

The much heralded Con Brio Trio from Copenhagen, who members will remember gave outstanding performances when they were guests of the Henschel Quartet at their chamber music weekend here in 2011, return to Norwich this weekend to play piano trios by Haydn Mendelssohn and Smetana – should be a special occasion

Trio Con Brio from Copenhagen
Saturday 22nd March 2014, 7:30pm

Pre-concert discussion at 6:30pm

at John Innes Centre

•   Programme:
•   Haydn: Piano Trio in C major, Hob.XV:27
•   Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No.2, Op.66
•   Smetana: Trio in G minor, Op.15

•   Trio Con Brio:
•   Johannes Søe Hansen violin (in place of Soo-Jin Hong)
•   Soo-Kyung Hong cello
•   Jens Elvekjaer piano

” …one of the finest piano trios on the current scene.”(The New Yorker)

Trio Con Brio website

Organ Recitals at Norwich Cathedral

Marco Lo Muscio, the italian organist (collaborator of Steve Hackett – Genesis) will play
a special organ recital in Norwich Cathedral next 13 June at 1.10 p.m.

Program including two masterpieces of Rick Wakeman:
Jane Seymour and Judas Iscariot and a piece by Steve Hackett: Second chance.

http://www.cathedral.org.uk/worship/the-organ–organ-recitals.aspx

The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich Thursday 18 July 2013 7.30pm

An Italian in Paris
Private music with an Italian flavour, for Louis XIV

Couperin, Lully, Jacquet de la Guerre, Rebel, Clérambault, Duval, Bartolotti, Charpentier

A summer concert of instrumental music presents a fascinating programme exploring the way French composers started to experiment in the Italian style under the influence of Corelli. The formal, rational French style pioneered by Lully was replaced by the more emotional Italian manner.

This programme includes what is claimed to be the very first French Sonata, composed by Charpentier for eight instruments.

You can also discover Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, who had quite a reputation in her lifetime, as a woman composer and harpsichord player, and you will see that this was well deserved.

Do not miss this uplifting concert, warm sounds and catchy rhythms uniting to create a perfect summer entertainment, with drinks in the Octagon garden at the interval.

Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50
Students & under 18: £5

Family ticket: £40 for 2 adults & 3 children

online, from Ticket Source
or from Prelude Records
25B St Giles Street
Norwich NR2 1JN
phone 01603 628319

and on the door

Norwich Baroque : A virtual tour of Great Britain

Norwich Baroque present: A Virtual Tour of Baroque Britain

Saturday 15 June 7.30pm
at Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street, NR3 3AP

Tickets £14, from Prelude Records, call 01603 628319

With live programme notes from Simon Heighes, and music by Avison, Purcell, Charke, Corbett, Vivaldi and Mudge.

Sistema in Norwich concert Friday 5 July at Epic

Friday 5 July 7.30pm
Epic Studios, 114 Magdalen Street, Norwich NR3 1JD. ​

This concert is part of the new Young Norfolk Arts Festival 28 Jube-7th July – other events listed on a website here

A world first! At 7.30pm on Friday 5 July in Norwich, two Sistema orchestras will perform simultaneously through a live web stream.  Using state-of-the-art facilities at Epic Studios, the Sistema Norwich Martineau Orchestra will perform alongside children from Liverpool (over an internet link) and Lambeth. The programme includes pieces to commemorate Benjamin Britten’s centenary year. The Martineau Orchestra will be joined by a Quartet from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. ​This is a concert not to miss!​

Tickets are free but you have to book to reserve a seat. Book via this link which will take you to an Eventbrite booking page. If you book a seat and then can’t come, please release the booking or let us know so that someone else can come.

Sistema in Norwich is an independent programme inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema approach, changing lives through music. Sistema in Norwich is a social change music education programme managed by Norwich & Norfolk Community Arts