Norfolk and Norwich Festival 13-29 May 2016


Norfolk and Norwich Festival May 13-29 2016


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Details have just been announced of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016, the flagship arts festival for the East of England. One of the biggest arts festivals in the UK, highlights for this year’s programme includes the extraordinary new project Opera Helps from Joshua Sofaer, an epic staging of Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ by Norwich Philharmonic and the world premiere of a major new commission from one of the UK’s foremost young composers – Kemal Yusuf.

English Chamber Orchestra, one of the busiest and most consistently acclaimed ensembles in the country, makes a welcome return to the Festival with a programme devoted to masterworks from late 18th century Austria.  Haydn and Mozart are perfect partners as Festival favourite David Parry is joined by the meteoric young virtuoso Savitri Grier to explore the riches of an astonishingly creative epoch (Norwich Cathedral, Friday 27 May, 7:30pm)

Opera Helps, an extraordinary new project from Joshua Sofaer, will involve professional opera singers travelling around Norfolk, singing arias in people’s homes.

The Festival Chorus perform a world premiere commission from one of the UK’s foremost young composer, Kemal Yusuf. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a stunning line-up of soloists accompany this ambitious choral work with two masterpieces of 19th century Romanticism. One of the country’s brightest young musicians, Savitri Grier performs solo violin with Chausson’s Poème. David Parry conducts a rarely heard masterpiece: Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, full of richly textured orchestrations and inspired originality.  (St Andrew’s Hall, Sunday 15 May, 7:30pm)

I Fagiolini return to Norfolk & Norwich Festival to celebrates their 30th anniversary with an indulgent wallow in the sensuous sparkle of French song and poetry. Renowned for bringing innovation and brilliance to a wide-ranging repertoire, I Fagiolini is accompanied by Anna Markland. (Norwich Cathedral, Monday 16 May, 7:30pm.

Northern Chords Ensemble return with an intimate take on works that straddle the turn of the 19th century. The dream depicted in Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune is clothed by Debussy while Zemlinsky’s setting of Maeterlinck’s dark, enigmatic poems navigates the boundary between Vienna’s musical past and future. A towering climax is provided by Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. The works are performed in arrangements that reveal magic and intimacy at the heart of music on the grandest scale. (St Andrew’s Hall, Monday 23 May, 7:30pm)

The Aurora Orchestra present The Beethoven Safari- Performing extracts from Beethoven’s most loved Symphony No.5, the Orchestra will perform across various locations in Norwich. The only professional orchestra in the world to perform whole symphonies from memory, the Aurora Orchestra break down barriers between performers and audience. (Chapelfield Gardens and other city locations, Sunday 22nd May, 12:30pm)

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