News 2011


BBC Music Magazine recommends Natalie Clein weekend

The January 2012 edition of BBC Music Magazine lists the Natalie Clein weekend on 21st and 22nd January 2012 as one of its '20 Unmissable Events' for the month. Tickets are available from Prelude Records. Natalie Clein is also performing at the Chapel on 20th January 2012.


New Beethoven Discs from François-Frédéric Guy

For many people François-Frédéric Guy's performances of the Beethoven piano sonatas formed one of the highlights of the 2010/2011 season. They may be interested to know that the first volume of his recordings of these sonatas has just been released. The three-disc set contains eleven sonatas: Op. 7, Op. 10/1-3, Op. 13 Pathétique, Op.14/1-2,Op. 22, Op. 26, Op. 27/1-2 Moonlight. It is on the Zig Zag Territoires label with a catalogue number of ZZT111101.


Cancellation of Radu Lupu's Concert

Hilary Battye, the Club's Chairman, has written to members as follows:

Radu Lupu Concert 14th December. We have just heard that sadly Radu Lupu has had to cancel his engagements for the rest of this year due to a shoulder injury. He does, however hope to reschedule the concert at some time in the future.

Obviously this is a great disappointment since it promised to be the highlight of the season. However we are delighted to say that François-Frédéric Guy, who proved to be such a success with his Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle, has very kindly agreed to step in at short notice. His programme will be:
Debussy: Prelude from Book 2
Liszt: Benediction from Harmonies Poétiques
Schubert: Sonata in A Major D959

This cancellation is obviously a great disappointment to all of us. We hope, and indeed feel sure that you will support us in the new arrangements made at short notice.

Hilary Battye

P.S. Contact details for any queries:
Angela Skeggs Tel: 01603 427528 Email:


New Grants to the Schools' Project

The Club's Schools' Project (now in its 13th year) is available free to participating local state primary schools. To enhance donations from members, we seek funds from various charities to cover the costs of the professional musicians. We have just heard that the trustees of The Woodroffe Benton Foundation have agreed to give grants towards those costs for not just one, but four years, starting in August 2012. We are delighted by this generous support. Now we just need to raise the balance!


James Ehnes's CD named as Gramophone Recording of the Month

The November edition of Gramophone magazine has named James Ehnes's Chandos recording of the Bartók violin and viola concertos as Recording of the Month. The recording sessions began the day after his memorable performance (with Andrew Armstrong) of music by Debussy, Bartók and Beethoven at the John Innes Centre in February of this year. He later performed at the Chapel and he will do so again in May 2012.


Review of Chaconne Brass Ensemble Concert

In the Eastern Daily Press of 1st November Christopher Smith reviewed the Chaconne Brass concert that had taken place at the John Innes Centre on 28th October. He commented: “Not every Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music concert has to be entirely serious. On this occasion it felt as if the Christmas party had come early. Bubbling over with skill, the five Chaconne Brass performers showed their talent in a musical entertainment that was presented with cheerful verve.”


BBC Music Magazine recommends Radu Lupu concert

The December edition of BBC Music Magazine lists Radu Lupu's performance of works by Franck, Schubert and Debussy as the third of its ‘20 Unmissable Events’ for the month. This recital will take place first at Holkham Hall and then at the Club's concert at the John Innes Centre on December 14th.

This concert is sold out. Some returns may be available.


Award for Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet has won the Concerto category in this year's Gramophone awards for his recording of works by Debussy and Ravel. He will be appearing at one of the Club's concerts at the John Innes Centre in February 2012 when he will perform works by Haydn, Bartók and Debussy.


Death of David Bedford

The composer David Bedford died on October 1st. Long-standing members may recall that David was present when the Schidlof Quartet gave the first performance of his String Quartet No 2 at the very first Music Club concert at the John Innes Centre on 30th May 1998. It was subsequently repeated and recorded at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival later that year.


Review of Opening Concert

The opening concert of the season was given by the Chroma Ensemble on 24 September. It was reviewed by Christopher Smith in the Eastern Daily Press under the headline “Bold choice of programme and a fine premiere.” He commented on Anna Meredith's work “Railgun” that it “...created an impression of vital force...(that) caught the mood of a celebratory occasion.” The piece had been commissioned by the Club to mark its 60th anniversary.


Broadcast Concerts

During the 2010/2011 season BBC Radio 3 recorded the recitals on 16th October (Skampa/Tan), 30th January (Henschels/Con Brio), 20th February (Danish String Quartet) and 16th April (Michelangelo String Quartet). These will be transmitted as a series of lunchtime concerts from Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music at 1:00pm on Tuesday 27th September to Friday 30th September 2011.


Highlights of the next season

Information about some of the highlights of Norfolk and Norwich Chamber Music concerts for 2011/12 has now been released. The season starts in September with a visit from some old friends of the Club, the Chroma Chamber Ensemble. Their concert will include a new work that the Club has commissioned from Anna Meredith to mark its 60th anniversary. More old friends return in October when the Takács Quartet will play the complete Bartok Quartet cycle over the course of a weekend.

Some of the most memorable concerts of recent years have been of piano music, and the new season promises to live up to this, with a performance by Radu Lupu in December 2011 and two recitals by Artur Pizarro in April 2012. Another weekend of concerts will take place in January with Natalie Clein and friends.


The 2011 Education Project

The Eastern Daily Press on 5 March included a report of the Chroma Ensemble's visit to Yaxham Primary School. This was followed by a letter from Masha Smith, the Music and Art Subject Leader at the school, explaining that this visit was organised by the Norfolk and Norwich Music Club (as part of this year's Education Project) and commenting that “... for 13 years this music club has been providing schools with beautiful, live music played by top class musicians.”


BBC Music Magazine rates Beethoven Sonata Cycle as ‘unmissable’

The March edition of BBC Music Magazine lists the Norwich Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle performed by François-Frédéric Guy as 5th in its ‘20 unmissable events for March 2011’ (pages 98/99). On page 99 there is also a short interview with the pianist about the concerts.


Norwich culture vulture, Tony Cooper, reports on a Beethoven piano feast

The Diamond Jubilee season of the Norfolk and Norwich Music Club draws to a rather nice close with the brilliant young French pianist, François-Frédéric Guy, performing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas over a ten-day period starting on Friday March 25 and ending on Sunday April 3.

Read Tony Cooper's full article


Anniversary Concert Open to the Public

On 26th May 2011 a concert is being held in the Assembly House to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Club. Because of limited space, the sale of tickets was originally restricted to members of the Club. A limited number of tickets are now available for sale to non-members.

2017 - 2018 Season

Main Series concerts

Chapel concerts

Main Series Calendar


Sept 30: Mark Padmore & Till Fellner

Oct 8: Pavel Haas Quartet & Pavel Nikl

Oct 14: Kuss Quartet

Oct 28: Vienna Piano Trio

Nov 18: Imogen Cooper

Dec 10: Alec Frank-Gemmill, Joe Puglia & Alasdair Beatson


Jan 20/21: Gould Piano Trio: the complete Beethoven piano trios

Jan 27: Quatuor Ébène

Feb 10: Francesco Piemontesi

Feb 18: Haffner Wind Ensemble

Mar 17: Tolga Atalay Ün

Apr 21: Elias Quartet & Navarra Quartet


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