Keswick Hall Choir presents Americana 2 Saturday 30 November 2019

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Saturday 30 November 2019

Americana 2: Exploring North American choral music

Aaron Copland In the beginning
Dan Forrest Good night, dear heart
Randall Thompson Alleluia
Ernst Toch Geographical fugue
David del Tredici Acrostic song
Eric Whitacre When David heard

Plus folksong and spiritual arrangements by James Erb, Robert Fountain and John Rutter

A programme exploring some jewels of 20th-century American choral music. Copland’s choral fantasia joyfully expounds the Genesis story of creation, while Whitacre’s deeply felt setting of a line from the Second Book of Samuel really plucks at the heartstrings. The programme will include both a speaking chorus (Toch) and a whispering chorus (del Tredici) as well as Randall Thompson’s classic setting of just one word.

Director: Chris Duarte

Venue: Church of St Peter Mancroft, Norwich
Time: 7.30 pm

Tickets £12/£7/£2, and can be bought:

  • From St. George’s Music Shop, 17-19 St George’s Street, tel. (01603) 626414;
  • Online via ticketsource;
  • On the door!

Norwich Phil Orchestra & Chorus Saturday 9 November 7.30pm

 

Norwich Philharmonic

Saturday 9 November 2019, 7.30pm

Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra
Norwich Philharmonic Chorus

Holst Ballet Suite, The Perfect Fool
Bridge The Sea, Suite for Orchestra
Finzi Intimations of Immortality

Matthew Andrews, David Dunnett conductors
Adam Tunnicliffe tenor

http://www.norwichphil.org.uk

Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music new season tickets are on sale

With autumn approaching, NNCM tickets for the 2019-2020 are now on general sale. You can buy them through the NNCM website here or from St George’s music Shop, 17-19 St George’s St., Norwich NR3 1AB 01603 626414

You may still assure yourself of a seat at every concert by becoming a Season Ticket holder, and you can secure a discount on your tickets by becoming a Member (on-line application form for both here). Whatever way you book your tickets, early application is advised for our more popular concerts

Everyone is invited to our AGM and performances by Norfolk Young Musicians at 6.00 pm on September 14th in the JIC Conference Centre Foyer. Season ticket Holders and Members are eligible to vote on any resolution.

The concert series then begins the following week:  Click the names for more details and to buy tickets

September 21   Eric Lu (piano)
October 5   Lendvai String Trio
October 13   Miklos Perényi (cello)
November 2    Zoltán Féjervári (piano)
November 21   Andrè Schuen (baritone) and Daniel Heide (piano)
December 7   Castalian String Quartet
January 25 – January 26   Nicholas Daniel and Friends
February 15 – February 16   James Ehnes (violin) and Andrew Armstrong (piano)
February 29   Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
March 22   Brentano Quartet
April 18   Trio Wanderer

Our final concert, a Beethoven recital by Richard Goode on May 16th 2020, will form part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Ticket availability will be announced in due course

We hope you will be able to join us on many occasions during this season

With best wishes

Peter Lawson
Chairman
Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voice Project at Houghton Hall Saturday 6 July 2019

unnamed (1).png I thought you may be interested to know about a unique choral performance that is happening in the grounds of Houghton Hall on Saturday, 6th of July.

Award-winning Norwich based choir ‘The Voice Project‘ present their summer concert, titled ‘I Reach Right Up to the Sun‘ and if it’s anything like previous Voice Project pieces it will be a unique and beautiful experience.

The 100+ singers of the choir will be leading the audience in and around the stunning gardens and grounds of Houghton Hall, performing specially composed contemporary choral music in a number of beautiful locations around the site.

There is also a Henry Moore sculpture exhibition on show at Houghton at the moment and these pieces and the landscape they currently sit in have inspired the music and the staging of the show. If you’ve seen a Voice Project performance before then you’ll know it will be well worth making the trip out to catch it.

There are two performances, a 5:30 pm and an 8:00 pm – I think the first show is close to selling out, if it hasn’t already, but there are still a few tickets available for the 8:00 pm ‘twilight’ performance.

If you are interested, you can find more information and purchase tickets from www.voiceproject.co.uk/buy-tickets

If you would like to be kept informed about future Voice Project concerts as well as opportunities to sing with the choir then you can sign up to their mailing list here.

Music in Norwich this weekend Saturday 22 June/Sunday 23 June plus lunchtime organ recital Monday 24 June

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Saturday 22 June 2019, 7.30pm
Salle Church, Salle near Reepham, Norfolk NR10 4SE
Academy of St Thomas

Telemann Concerto for Viola
Bach Concerto for Viola in Eb major
Dag Wiren Serenade
Dvorak Nocturne
Leroy Anderson Selection

Philip Dukes viola/director

Well known to AST audiences, Philip Dukes returns to perform two lovely baroque viola concertos and direct the rest of a programme ideally suited to the ambience and acoustics of this wonderful Norfolk Church.

Do bring a picnic to enjoy by the cricket green before the concert.

Tickets for all concerts available in person or by phone from St George’s Music Shop, 01603 626414 and online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ast
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Sunday 23 June 2019, 2.30pm
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Norfolk Schools’ Opera Project

The culmination of the Norfolk Schools’ Opera Project sees the world premiere of a brand new children’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed by over 100 children from Norfolk schools and accompanied by an orchestra of gifted and talented young musicians.

Norfolk Music Hub and Norwich Theatre Royal are working in partnership to support this year-long creative and cultural learning programme in schools through the medium of opera.


Monday 24 June 2019,  St Andrew’s Hall : 1.10pm
Lunchstop Organ Recital : with Richard Bower playing the glorious organ maintained by Friends of St Andrew’s Hall Organ

 

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

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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

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

 

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Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music Club presents…

Sunday 7 April 2019, 3pm

James Ehnes, violin
Andrew Armstrong,
piano

Beethoven

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

http://www.norwichchambermusic.co.uk/event/james-ehnes-andrew-armstrong/

Saturday 27 October Norwich Baroque plays Mudge at Princes Street URC

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Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm
Princes Street United Reformed Church, Princes Street, Norwich

Mudge’s England : Celebrating Mudge’s 300th birthday!                

The Reverend Richard Mudge has become one of our favourite baroque composers. Quintessentially English his music mixes elegance and poise with a unique quirkiness, full of delightful harmonies, good tunes and gentle humour.

This concert will also feature a cello concerto by Mudge’s contemporary, Durham based John Garth, played by popular local cellist, Kate Bennett-Wadsworth.

 

Ticket and box office information

Tickets for all concerts are on sale from
Theatre Royal Norwich Box Office Tel 01603 630000 at prices varying from £10–£26 with children £2

Also you can buy online via our website 
www.norwichbaroque.co.uk    

Visit the website for further Norwich Baroque information and details of the ‘Friends’ Scheme’ or join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

The Mozart Orchestra Summer concert – Sat 9th June 2018 – St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, North Norfolk

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The Mozart Orchestra Summer concert – Sat 9th June 2018 – St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney
 
A summer’s evening of music not to be missed!  Join The Mozart Orchestra for an evening of specially selected music covering a broad range of styles. Mozart, Butterworth, Finzi, Stravinsky and Berkeley – something for everyone, and the perfect way to end a day out on the beautiful North Norfolk coast with drinks and canapés from 6:30pm!
Mozart – Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’
Mozart – Cosi fan Tutti ‘Overture’
Butterworth – The Banks of Green Willow
Finzi – ‘Farewell to Arms’
Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite
Berkeley – Sinfonietta
 
Tenor Solo: Nicholas Sharratt  ~  Conductor: Martin Budgett  ~  Leader: Ben Payne
 
Tickets £12.50 (no reserved seats) – tickets include drinks and canapés from 6.30pm
Tickets from: St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney – tel: 01263 740583 or email glavenvalleybenefice@yahoo.co.uk – or buy online at http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mozartorchestra 


Visit http://www.mozartorchestra.org.uk for our 2018 concert programme or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/mozartorchestra/

Academy of St Thomas with guest violinist Amaury Coeytaux at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich – Saturday 3rd March7.30pm

Amaury Coeytaux 2.jpgAmazing french violinist Amaury Coeytaux returns to Norwich

Following his stunning performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in 2016, the AST is delighted to welcome back Amaury to play the wonderful violin concerto by Beethoven.

Programme:

Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Beethoven 
Violin Concerto in D major
Schubert
 Symphony No.9 in C major  ‘The Great ’

Amaury Coeytaux – Violin
Christopher Adey – Conductor

Amaury Coeytaux returns to Norwich after his stunning performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in 2016; this fantastic French violinist won the hearts of both orchestra and audience.“His poetic interpretation of the established classic delighted the audience”. EDP 2016

In October 2016, the acclaimed Paris-based Modigliani String Quartet appointed Amaury Coeytaux as its new first violinist from 2017.

After 33 years, our principal guest conductor Christopher Adey will be conducting his final concert with Academy of St Thomas.

Sponsored by: HILARY & LEWIS JARRETT

Tickets:

On sale now at:
St George’s Music Shop, Norwich or TicketSource/AST
From £11 and £5 for Students