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Norwich Heart, Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust

Chamber Orchestra Anglia - Norwich 12 Series

Chamber Orchestra Anglia (COA), in partnership with Norwich Heritage, Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART), are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a monthly series of concerts at the Norwich 12 buildings.

Upcoming Events

The music played at each venue throughout the year long celebration will differ, making each of the 12 concerts a unique celebration of Norwich's heritage and music.

Details of the remaining concerts can be found right here as soon as they are announced, so make sure you bookmark this page, or follow us on Twitter (@norwichHEART), so you don't miss out.

Norwich Cathedral: 'From Norfolk to Normandy' Friday 25th October

7pm champagne reception, 7:30pm start - Tickets £15 (concs £12)

The Hostry Festival is pleased to present an evening of classic music and regional archive film.

Following a sell-out performance at the Guildhall in Norwich last year, this is the second collaboration between Chamber Orchestra and Norwich HEART's Digital Heritage Project. This performance will focus on the years surrounding World War II - to reveal the civilian lives of those residing in Norfolk as well as their counterparts in Upper Normandy, during enemy occupation.

Jane Jarvis, project manager of Digital Heritage, will introduce six short films, all accompanied by music in order to bring out the emotional essence of the stories shown on screen.

The programme will include music by both English and French composers, to be performed and conducted by nine members of Chamber Orchestra Anglia.

This is the tenth concert in the 'Norwich 12' series that has seen performances in the iconic heritage buildings of Norwich and it is with real pride that The Hostry Festival is hosting this prestigious event.

Box Office - Theatre Royal Norwich (01603) 598 676


Great Hospital - Date TBC


Previous Events

The Forum was the first to host a Norwich 12 series concert on November 6th 2011, as the Norwich landmark celebrated its own 10th anniversary. 

The Chamber treated The Forum crowd to Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, which was written and first performed in 1918. This Faustian story focuses on a young soldier who gives his fiddle to the Devil in return for riches and luxury and then battles to regain control of his life. Nigel Rees, presenter of BBC Radio Four's Quote, Unquote, took the role of narrator, and the evening was compered by BBC Radio Three presenter Christopher Cook.

December saw the Chamber Orchestra play in the Atrium of the stunning Marble Hall, the historic home of Aviva (Norwich Union).

Dubbed 'An Italian Serenade' in celebration of the Italian marble used in the construction of the heritage site, the programme featured a range of Italian music, including Boccherini - String Quartet in C major (Op. 28 No.4), Puccini - Crisantemi (Op. 70), Wolf - Italian Serenade in G major, Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence (Op. 70).

The first Norwich 12 series concert of 2012 took place at the home of Norwich HEART, The Guildhall. This unique event saw the music of Elgar, Martinu, and the monumental but rarely performed Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello, accompanied by archive film from Norwich HEART's Digital Heritage Project, bringing the UEA's East Anglian Film Archive alive.

The films, from the early decades of the last century, included a tram ride through Norwich streets in 1902, a visit by royalty, a post-war funeral of a Norfolk heroine and an interesting look at some of the city's fashions in the 1920s.

The fourth concert in the series was held at St Andrew's Hall, and saw special guest Griff Rhys Jones sing excerpts from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. The Orchestra performed  a comic theatre symphony from Haydn, and a piece from Poulenc, narrated by Griff Rhys Jones.

On March 2nd, the Norwich 12 Series saw Chamber Orchestra Anglia bring a lunchtime concert and masterclass to Norwich's Georgian Assembly House. Music included Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major and Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel.

St James Mill hosted the sixth concert in the series in April, which saw the orchestra perform pieces from Elgar, Tippett and Britten. Attendees were also treated to a tour of the Mill, which is a working building and therefore usually inaccessable, as well as the John Jarrold Print Museum.

Imperial Marches took over City Hall, in the 7th Norwich 12 concert on Friday 25th May 2012. The concert featured a programme of Grandiose and Imperial Marches, with the Chamber Orchestra Anglia Wind Sextet performing works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Before the concert there was also a tour of City Hall itself.

The Orchestra then visited The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, on 22nd June 2012, with Bach's Violin Concerto in E major, featuring soloist Victoria Goldsmith, Mahler's Symphony No.4 (chamber version), featuring soprano Rachel Bowden, as well as a poetry reading by Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient.

The 9th Norwich 12 concert was held at Norwich Castle, on Saturday 20th April 2013, with a special event entitled 'A Musical Frolic'. The COA wind sextet brought to life Joseph Stannard's famous painting, Thorpe Water Frolic (1824), with music by Rossini, Haydn, and Mozart, accompanied by a lively commentary from art historian Dr. Anna Green.

About Chamber Orchestra Anglia

Chamber Orchestra Anglia's key aims are to forge new links and relationships with other art forms and scientific disciplines and present inspiring and accessible classical concerts. The orchestra's artistic director and principal conductor, Sharon Andrea Choa is Director of Music at UEA and conductor of the UEA Symphony Orchestra. The leader of the orchestra is Simon Smith, an outstanding violinist who has performed extensively as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.