Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music presents Beethoven Weekend with James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong 15/16 February 2020

James Ehnes

James Ehnes

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2020

Beethoven violin sonatas

James Ehnes violin
Andrew Armstrong piano

Programme 1 Saturday 15 February 7.30pm
Sonata in F, Op.24 (‘Spring’) Sonata in A, Op.30 No.1 Sonata in C minor, Op.30 No.2

Programme 2 Sunday 16 February 3pm

Sonata in G, Op.30 No.3 Sonata in A, Op.47 (‘Kreutzer’) Sonata in G, Op.96

James Ehnes and Andrew Armstrong complete the cycle of Beethoven’s violin sonatas which they began last season. Among the famous works in these two concerts are the lyrical ‘Spring’ Sonata Op.24, the dramatic Sonata in C minor Op.30 No.2, and the ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata Op.47.

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:
http://wellsmaltings.savoysystems.co.uk/WellsMaltings.dll/TSelectItems.waSelectItemsPrompt.TcsWebMenuItem_1040.TcsWebTab_1041.TcsProgramme_413071

Raynham Hall Recitals this weekend 16/17 June

Saturday 16  June 2018, 6.30pm

The Goldberg Variations 
Written for harpsichord by Bach consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations performed by international keyboard player Mahan Esfahani.

Sunday 17 June 2018, 3.30pm

Stars of the Future
Les Laurentines perform Les Trois Lecons des Ténèbres
by Couperin.

Raynham Hall near Fakenham, Norfolk has been the seat of the Townshend family for over 400 years. Raynham Recitals is a programme of chamber music held in what used to be the great hall of this Jacobean house designed and built by Sir Roger Townshend with his Master Mason William Edge. Later paved in marble by William Kent and embellished in C18th style, the Marble Hall epitomises the dual spirit of Raynham Hall. Lofty, elegant and flooded with light, it also has a clear but gentle resonance which is perfect for the intimate chamber music presented at the Raynham Recitals.

Musical Advisor: Michael Chance CBE

Tickets £18 to £40 including a glass of champagne.
www.raynhamrecitals.co.uk or ring 01328 862133 
Raynham Hall, Fakenham Norfolk NR21 7EP
Tel 01328 862133 email admin@raynhamhall.co.uk

MiN-Raynham

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/

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

Two concerts Fauré Quartet

The highly regarded Fauré Piano Quartet from Berlin, visit Norwich this weekend for two concerts, each with a very attractive programme.
John Innes Saturday 12th at 7.30pm and
the Chapel in Park lane Norwich on Sunday 13th at 12 noon.

Saturday 12th December 2015, 7:30pm
John Innes Centre
Fauré Piano Quartet
Pre-concert discussion at 6.30pm
Tickets Prelude 01603 628319

  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K478
  • Fauré: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.15
  • Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.60
  • Fauré Piano Quartet:
  • Erika Geldsetzer violin
  • Sascha Frömbling viola
  • Konstantin Heidrich cello
  • Dirk Mommertz piano

“The Fauré Quartet is right up there with the best ensembles you can listen to today.” (Harald Eggebrecht, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Sunday 13th December 2015, 12:00 noon
The Chapel, Park Lane
Fauré Quartet
Tickets £12 on the door

  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1, K478
  • Mussorgsky arr. Gruzman: Pictures at an Exhibition

Fauré Quartet website

Concerts at The Chapel Park Lane, Norwich

The Chapel, 64 Park Lane, NR2 3EF
Friday 24th July 2015, 7:00pm
Kamus Quartet

  • Terhi Paldanius violin    Jukka Untamala violin
  • Jussi Tuhkanen viola    Petja Kainulainen cello
  • Path to Voces Intimae: a Sibelius 150th anniversary
  • Jean Sibelius: Allegro appassionata in C sharp minor
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara: String Quartet No.1
  • Jean Sibelius: String quartet in D minor “Voces intimae”

Kamus Quartet website

Sunday 13th September 2015, 6:30pm
Benedict Nelson – baritone
Joseph Middleton – piano

  • Programme:
  • Schubert: Winterreise

Benedict Nelson website

Joseph Middleton website

Sunday 20th September 2015, 6:30pm
Laetitia Grimaldi Spitzer – lyric soprano
Ammiel Bushakevitz – piano

  • French mélodies including:
  • Joseph Canteloube: Baïlèro (Chant de bergers de Haute-Auvergne)
  • Reynaldo Hahn: À Chloris
  • Reynaldo Hahn: Quand la nuit n’est pas étoilée
  • Henri Duparc: Au pays où se fait la guerre
  • Léo Delibes: Les filles de Cadiz
  • Claude Debussy: Trois chansons de Bilitis

Ammiel Bushakevitz website

Sunday 11th October 2015, 6:30pm
Zelkova Quartet

  • Caroline Pether violin    Simran Singh violin
  • Alex Mitchell viola    Jonathan Pether cello
  • Programme:
  • Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op.18/2
  • Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op.51/2

Zelkova Quartet website

Sunday 25th October 2015, 6:30pm
Aleksandar Djermanovic – piano

  • Programme:
  • Beethoven: Sonata in C major, Op.2 No.3
  • Medtner: 2 Fairy Tales, Op.20
  • Schumann: Fantasy in C major, Op.17

Baroque Evening
Sunday 1st November 2015, 6:30pm

  • John Crockatt & Jim O’Toole baroque violins
  • Natasha Kraemer baroque cello
  • Tom Foster harpsichord
  • Programme:
  • Music by Biber, Farina, Purcell, Bach & Geminiani

Sunday 8th November 2015, 6:30pm
Hoffmeister Trio

with Jonathan Wortley – piano

  • Jane Faulkner violin    Frank Cliff viola
  • Ursula Pank cello
  • Programme:
  • Schubert: String Trio movement in B flat, D471
  • Dohnanyi: Serenade for String Trio
  • Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor, Op.60

Friday 13th November 2015, 7:30pm
Contempo Quartet

  • Bogdan Sofei violin    Ingrid Nicola violin
  • Andreea Banciu viola    Adrian Mantu cello
  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Quartet in D major, K575, ‘Prussian’
  • Tan Dun: Eight Colours for String Quartet
  • Bartók: Romanian Dances

Contempo Quartet website

Sunday 29th November 2015, 6:30pm
Chroma

  • David Le Page violin    Clare O’Connell cello
  • Ian Watson accordion
  • Folk Tales: music from Romania and Hungary
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances
  • Bartók: Duos (violin & cello)
  • Kodály: Gankino Horo – intermezzo (accordion)
  • and traditional Bohemian Songs & Czardas arranged for violin, cello & accordion

Chroma website

Sunday 13th December 2015, 12:00 noon
Fauré Quartet

  • Programme:
  • Mozart: Piano Quartet No.1, K478
  • Mussorgsky arr. Gruzman: Pictures at an Exhibition

Fauré Quartet website