Voice Project at Houghton Hall Saturday 6 July 2019

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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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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.

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.

Ialoni Ensemble at Wells Maltings, Saturday 11 September, 6.45pm

IALONI ENSEMBLE

Ialoni Ensemble

PRESENTED BY WELLS MALTINGS

at The Maltings, Heritage Room Four, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AN

A unique evening from Georgia’s top women’s vocal ensembles

A one-off opportunity to hear this unique and mesmerising ensemble of women’s voices from Georgia, in a special performance just for Wells Maltings.

Ialoni was formed in 2009 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Their repertoire includes all three streams of Georgian Traditional Vocal Polyphony: ecclesiastical, folk and city music, with works deep in the folklore traditions of Georgia, with an emphasis on reviving and reinterpreting both unusual and original forms.

In 2016, Ialoni won the 1st prize in the category of Women’s Folk Ensemble of Georgia, at the country’s National Folklore Festival.

We promise a very special, sublime and magical evening.

Book here:
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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

Cello Recital by Alexander Baillie on Sunday 14 January 3pm at John Innes Centre

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Renowned cellist gives benefit concert in recognition of all the work the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust has achieved over the last 20 years.

 Performance opportunities to 100s of young people, instrument loans and financial assistance.

All proceeds will be donated to the Trust’s work to continue supporting young string players in Norfolk.

Tickets on sale now £16 unreserved, under 16 free: Ticketsource.co.uk/AST
or St George’s Music Shop 01603 626414

The Voice Project Winter performance Saturday 20 January

Saturday 20 January 2018 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
Travels in Light – The Voice Project Choir 

Princes St Norwich
Multi venue promenade performances of original music by 150 strong choir reflecting on the time of the year, the sleep of winter, the dark nights, short days but ultimately the promise of spring to come.
Various locations on Princes St Norwich

Tickets priced £12 (£10 concessions) are available from www.voiceproject.co.uk which also has information on all Voice Project activities.

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Would you like to travel in light?

The Voice Project Choir’s new piece explores three very different locations in the same medieval Norwich Street.

In one of the darkest parts of the year, when the post-festive blues can really set in, The Voice Project Choir offer to take you on an uplifting multi venue journey that will inspire with the promise of spring to come.

The 150 voices of the choir, plus soloists and guest musicians will perform their new piece, Travels in Light, the final part of a trilogy of pieces about sleep, dreaming and waking and the bits in between on 20 January. There will be three separate performances at 5pm; 7pm and 9pm.

The show is a multi-venue secular performance piece that will be staged in the three very different churches on Norwich’s medieval Princes Street – St George’s Tombland, St Peter Hungate and the United Reformed Church with the choir leading the audience between them. Each of these buildings has a significantly different atmosphere and acoustic properties which will help highlight Travels in Light’s reflections on the time of the year: the sleep of winter, the dark nights and the short days yet an ultimate awakening with the promise of spring to come.

All the music for the concerts has been specially written for the Voice Project Choir.

Voice Project co-director Jon said explained ‘Each of these buildings has its own sound and atmospheric qualities, brilliant for a choral piece as these buildings were literally made for singing in.’

‘St George’s is a living church. Parts of the building date from the 13th century and it has clear but gentle acoustic properties. On the other hand, St Peter Hungate, also dating back to at least the 13th century is empty, closed as a working church in the 1930’s, giving it a much livelier sound with a much longer reverberation time. The United Reformed Church is a totally different type of building built in the early 19th century. It is bright, open and airy with a gallery and much bigger windows than the other two.

My co-director Sian Croose and I explored this area extensively when we were planning and researching our outdoor promenade show Singing the City for the 2012 Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The history of the area is fascinating and we’re hoping that Travels in Light will reflect this. As you can probably tell we’re really enjoying making the show for this wonderful street!’

Inspiration for the show came from a quote from painter Paul Nash ‘The divisions we may hold between the waking world and that of the dream are not there; they are porous; in a word, they are not there’.

The Voice Project was set up in 2008 as an educational education and performance organisation by music professionals Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker. Since then it has become one of the best known community choirs in East Anglia and beyond having performed at international festivals in mainland Europe, appeared on prime time TV and had a concert broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Their show The Arms of Sleep has been commissioned for the 2018 Brighton International Festival.

Tickets priced £12 (£10 concessions) are available from www.voiceproject.co.uk which also has information on all Voice Project activities.

Saturday 20 January 2018 5pm, 7pm and 9pm
Travels in Light – The Voice Project Choir Princes St Norwich
Multi venue promenade performances of original music by 150 strong choir reflecting on the time of the year, the sleep of winter, the dark nights, short days but ultimately the promise of spring to come.
Various locations on Princes St Norwich
www.voiceproject.co.uk