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/

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

Music in Norwich printed edition

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Download pdf file here MiN autumn 2015 to email

Click on the link below the image to download a pdf version (approx 4 MB) of the Music in Norwich calendar with concerts from April to September (and a bit beyond). Please feel free to distribute it to your networks. Hard copies will be available from Tourist Information Centre, Prelude Records, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich Cathedral and many other venues in Norwich and surrounding area

The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich 10 July

The Bach Players at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich
Thursday 10 July 2014 7.30pm

From Venice to Hamburg

‘Seventeenth-century Jazz’
Italian and German music in the ‘Stylus Phantasticus’
works by Schmelzer, Marini, Froberger and others

Unusual music for unusual instruments!

A summer concert of instrumental music presents a fascinating programme exploring seventeenth-century links between Italy and Germany, in the exuberant style known as Stylus Phantasticus.

Many of the composers are not well known, but it is wonderfully imaginative music and you know by now the Bach Players’ knack of putting together marvellous programmes of top quality lesser known works. Nothing dusty or straight-laced here!

It is also a chance to discover the exciting sounds of the cornetto, sackbut and dulcian. The concert has been entitled ‘seventeenth-century jazz’ because in the course of the tutti pieces each instrument also has a virtuosic solo demonstrating the skill of the player and the special sound of the instrument.

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.

Thursday 10 July 2014 7.30 pm

The Octagon Chapel
Colegate
Norwich NR3 1BN

also at St John’s Downshire Hill,
Hampstead, London
Saturday 12 July 2014
8.15 pm

Tickets: £17.50 & £12.50
Students: £5 (on the door only)
Under-18s: free

online, from Ticket Source

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

and on the door

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!)

perform
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. 

Follow us on Twitter @ASTNorwich 

State of Play – opportunity for music educators

 

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STATE OF PLAY 

Starting tonight Wednesday 8 January 2014

A gathering of musician educators who are working with young people and interested in sharing and developing their skills.

CME invites musician educators who work with young people to a series of free training/networking/sharing events taking place on Wednesdays 6-9pm at The Birdcage in Norwich from January to March 2014. Participants can attend all 6 events, or drop into the ones most relevant to their interests/needs.

 

Each of these informal and focused sessions will be a blend of discussion, guest presentations and practical activity on a particular theme, followed by action planning. Music will be at the heart of activity and there will usually be some form of live performance – an opportunity for a young band showcase, an experiment or other activity related to the main theme. The last hour of the event will be an opportunity to network and socialise.

 

Sessions will be hosted by CME and chaired by MARK HOWE, Freelance Community Music Practitioner, who has worked with CME for many years, specialising in band skills, engagement, tutor training and junk instrumentation. It is hoped that this series of sessions will inform the wider dialogue about community and voluntary sector arts based practice (this is what goes on here and why)!

Dates, times and session content here:  http://www.cme.org.uk/blog/post.asp?id=5

Sessions are free, but please book your place in advance at http://www.cme.org.uk/booking-form/ (select State of Play). Once we have your details we will contact you to find out which sessions you wish to attend.

For more information please call Clara on 01603 283379 or 07752346662 or email clara.wiseman@cme.org.uk

These sessions are funded by the National Foundation for Youth Music.

The Voice Project’s Nocturne: Songs For A Winter’s Night in Norwich Cathedral

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100 voice choir to present Christmas music and visual splendour in Norwich Cathedral.


Norfolk’s internationally renowned Voice Project Choir will be joined by the solo voices of Human Music and percussionist Derek Scurll for two brilliantly atmospheric Christmas concerts with a difference in the beautiful Presbytery of Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 14 December at 7pm and 9pm.

The music, specially written by Jonathan Baker set to words by Norfolk poet Andrew McDonnell, will celebrate the season with themes of music, metaphysics, spirituality and the supernatural – haunting music that will evoke the ghosts of Christmas’ past present and future. Voice Project Choir concerts always provide visual as well as musical spectacle and this will be no exception. Tim Tracey, who so skilfully lit Ideas of Flight at this year’s Norfolk & Norwich Festival, will spectacularly illuminate the Cathedral with imaginative lighting and visuals

The 100-voice choir, is co-led by conductor Sian Croose and composer Jonathan Baker. It is completely open access and the singers have been has been rehearsing since early October for the concert. Past Voice Project compositions have gone on to be performed on BBC Radio 3 and at international jazz festivals in Coutances, France, Sage Gateshead and the London Jazz Festival.


www.voiceproject.co.uk <http://www.voiceproject.co.uk>
Tickets from Norwich arts Centre 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk <http://www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Concerts in December

We are into a new month and there are lots of concerts leading up to Christmas. For a full list download the pdf or have a look at the at a glance list here. You can also find out more details on the individual music organisation websites by following links here

If you have any questions please email info@theshiftnorwich.org.uk