News 2012


Change of personnel for seminar on Britten's String Quartets

It was originally expected that Colin Matthews would lead the seminar on Britten's String Quartets to be held on Saturday 19th January 2013. Unfortunately he is now unable to take part but the seminar will still take place and will include contributions from David Angel and Martin Outram. More details will be shown on our website.


Change of date for William Howard's Chapel Concert

It was originally planned that William Howard would give a recital in the Chapel on Sunday 16th June 2013. The date for this concert has been changed to Sunday 9th June 2013.


Extra schools workshops in September 2012

Two additional schools workshops were held in September 2012. These took place at Avenue Road and Town Close Schools. More details are shown on the Education page.


Additional pre-concert discussion on November 3rd

There will be a pre-concert discussion with members of the quartet before the Barbirolli Quartet’s concert on 3rd November 2012. The discussion will start at 6.30pm.


Changes to the programme for Sunday 21st October

Stephen Kovacevich is suffering from an eye infection and is unable to appear at the John Innes Centre on Sunday 21st October. Alina Ibramigova (who was to appear with him) is still keen to come to Norwich although there is not enough time for her to prepare the original programme with another pianist. She will therefore give a solo performance and will be playing Bach’s Partitas and Sonatas. Her performances of these works are highly acclaimed and she will be playing them at the Wigmore Hall next week. Her recent recording of this music received the highest praise from a number of distinguished musical commentators and the editor of The Gramophone commented that "Ibragimova reveals herself to be an exquisite interpreter of solo Bach." We are extremely grateful to Alina for adapting her programme and we are sure you will not be disappointed with the concert but if you do wish to return your ticket please contact Prelude Records.


Review of Evgenia Rubinova’s concert on 8th October

In the Eastern Daily Press of 10th October there is an enthusiastic review by Frank Cliff of Evgenia Rubinova’s concert at the John Innes Centre on 8th October. He comments that... "Rubinova gave a performance of tremendous power and expression... Magnificent."


Awards for Benjamin Grosvenor

The rapidly rising young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor received two awards in the recently announced Gramophone awards. He is named as Young Artist of the Year and also receives the Instrumental Award for his recording of works by Chopin, Liszt and Ravel (Decca HMC90 2115/16). He also received the Critics' Award at the Classic Brit awards. It is planned that he will give recitals at the John Innes Centre and at the Chapel in September 2014.


François-Frédéric Guy's second set of Beethoven piano sonatas

People who enjoyed François-Frédéric Guy's performances of the Beethoven piano sonatas during our 2010/2011 season may be interested to know that the second volume of his recordings of these sonatas has recently been released. The new set contains twelve sonatas including the "Waldstein" and the "Appasssionata" which were among the (many) highlights of his performances at the John Innes Centre. The new set is favourably reviewed in the Awards issue of Gramophone magazine and is on the Zig Zag Territoires label with a catalogue number of ZZT304.


Recording by Steven Isserlis and Thomas Adés is Recording of the Month

A recording by Steven Isserlis and Thomas Adés is named as Recording of the Month in the Awards issue of Gramophone magazine. The disc is entitled Lieux retrouvés (Hyperion CDA67948) and includes music by Adés, Janáček, Kurtág and Liszt. The pieces by Kurtág include some of those that Steven Isserlis played at the opening concert of our 2012/13 season.


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet recent recording is Instrumental Choice of the month

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet's most recent recording of Haydn's piano sonatas (Chandos CHAN 10736) receives a five-star review and is the Instrumental Choice of the month in the November issue of the BBC Music Magazine. He appeared at the John Innes Centre during the 2011/12 season and (with Steven Isserlis) in the opening concert of the 2012/13 season. The reviewer comments on one piece "...this is among the finest accounts on disc: searchingly nuanced from moment to moment yet never losing its grip on the work's tragic progress."


Benjamin Britten Centenary

2013 is the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten (the Club’s first President) and a number of local organisations have come together (under the title "Familiar Fields") to arrange a series of events in the year leading up the anniversary on 22nd November 2013. A brochure giving details of these events is now available from libraries, Tourist Information Centres and other locations in the area. Information is also available on the website


BBC Concert

The BBC is sponsoring a piano recital from the John Innes Centre on Monday 8th October 2012. This will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. It will be one of six live Monday evening piano recitals in the autumn. The locations of the others include Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. These will be around the time of the next Leeds Piano Competition and most of the recitalists will have been past competitors. For the Norwich concert the pianist will be Evgenia Rubinova who won the silver medal at the 2003 competition. Ticketing arrangements for this concert are shown on the Tickets page. More details of the concert are shown on the BBC Concert page.


BBC Music Magazine recommends Alina Ibramigova/Stephen Kovacevich concert

The October 2012 edition of BBC Music Magazine lists the Alina Ibramigova/Stephen Kovacevich concert on 21st October 2012 as the second of its '20 Unmissable Events' for the month. Tickets are available from Prelude Records


Introduction to the new season

Norwich-based arts writer Tony Cooper has written an introduction to the 2012/13 season. This will be appearing in various publications and is also available on this website.


Gramophone Awards Nomination for Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The August issue of Gramophone magazine lists Jean-Efflam Bavouzet as one of the nominees for its Artist of the Year award. The same issue also carries a review of the first volume of his recordings of the Beethoven piano sonatas. He appeared in one of our concerts at the John Innes Centre in February and will be returning in September (together with Steven Isserlis) for the first concert of the new season.


Concert dates for the 2012/13 season

Set out below are the dates for the main concert series at the John Innes Centre for the next season (2012/13). Booking is not yet open for these concerts, but the information may be of help to people wanting to make plans for the season.
Friday 7th September 2012: Steven Isserlis and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Saturday 29th September 2012: Alessandro Taverna
Saturday 20th October 2012: London Bridge Ensemble
Sunday 21st October 2012: Alina Ibragimova and Stephen Kovacevich
Saturday 3rd November 2012: The Barbirolli Quartet
Sunday 11th November 2012: James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook
Sunday 2nd December 2012: The Elias Quartet: Beethoven 1
Saturday 19 January 2013 (7:30 p.m.): The Maggini Quartet: Britten weekend I
Sunday 20 January 2013 (11:30 a.m.): The Maggini Quartet: Britten weekend II
Sunday 20 January 2013 (3.00 p.m.): The Maggini Quartet: Britten weekend III
Friday 1st February 2013: Lars Vogt
Friday 15th February 2013: Mark Padmore and Roger Vignoles
Sunday 24th February 2013: The Elias Quartet: Beethoven II
Saturday 9th March 2013: The Vienna Piano Trio
Sunday 28th April 2013: The Elias Quartet: Beethoven III

Full details of the programmes will be published around the end of June and this is when booking will open.


Jean-Efflam Bavouzet

The winner of the orchestral category in the recently announced BBC Music Magazine Awards is a recording of music for piano and orchestra by Ravel, Debussy and Massenet made by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier (Chandos CHSA 5084). Jean-Efflam appeared in one of our concerts at the John Innes Centre in February 2012 and we are delighted that we will be able to welcome him back (together with Steven Isserlis) in next season's opening concert on Friday 7th September.


Ticket prices held at 2011/2012 levels

The Committee is very pleased to announce that it has been able to hold subscriptions and ticket prices for the main concert series in the 2012/2013 season at the levels of 2011/2012. At £180 for 15 concerts (the equivalent of £12 a concert) the season ticket offers particularly good value but ticket prices for individual concerts will also be held at their current levels. More details of the programme and booking arrangements will be published in June.


Beethoven Quartet Cycle

Following the success of the Beethoven piano sonata series at the end of the 2010/2011 season, the club is to embark on a series of concerts to include the complete Beethoven string quartets. These have been arranged in conjunction with the Wigmore Hall and will be given by the Elias Quartet. They will form part of the main concert series at the John Innes Centre, with the first three being in the 2012/2013 season.


Pre-concert talk before Maggini Quartet concert on 17th March

Although it was not shown in the original publicity, there will be a pre-concert discussion before the Maggini Quartet's concert on 17th March. This will take place at the normal time of 6:30 p.m. We apologise for any inconvenience arising from this late announcement.


Benjamin Britten Centenary

Benjamin Britten was the Club's first President from its formation in 1951 until his death in 1976 and during that time he gave some memorable recitals with Peter Pears. The 100th anniversary of his birth falls on 22nd November 2013 (which is also St Cecilia's Day, the patron saint of music). The anniversary year will be from 22 November 2012 to 22 November 2013 and during that period music promoters all over East Anglia will be encouraged to perform his works. The Music Cub will of course concentrate on the chamber works and song cycles - details will be published before the end of the current season.


François-Frédéric Guy and Jean-Eflam Bavouzet: Wigmore Hall recital

We make no apology for including another news item about François-Frédéric Guy: it is good to have opportunities to hear him in this country and this time he will be appearing with another of our performers. On 2nd July 2012 he will be giving a BBC 3 Lunchtime concert at the Wigmore Hall of works for two pianos with Jean-Eflam Bavouzet (who will be giving a recital for us on 11th February). Full details are available on the Wigmore Hall website


François-Frédéric Guy: Queen Elizabeth Hall Recital

Last year François-Frédéric Guy gave us wonderful performances of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, and a few weeks ago he stepped in at very short notice to replace Radu Lupu, again providing us with a splendid recital. We are beginning to feel that he is an old friend of the Club. On 20th March he will be giving a recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the South Bank International Piano Recital series. The programme is made up of Beethoven Sonatas, including the Hammerclavier Sonata for which he is justly famous. It also includes the Pastoral and Moonlight Sonatas. A party of about 25 members from Norwich have booked to go to this event - anyone interested should contact Roger Rowe.


James Ehnes's Bartók Recordings

Immediately after James Ehnes gave a recital for the club in February 2011 he recorded a CD of the Bartók Violin & Viola Concertos. When it was issued last year it was selected as the Gramophone disc of the month for November 2011. Together with Andrew Armstrong, he has followed this with a recording of the Bartók Sonatas and Rhapsodies which he played at a memorable Chapel concert in May last year. Once again the recordings were made at Potton Hall in Suffolk immediately after his Norwich recital. The disc has yet to be reviewed but preliminary reports are that this is also an outstanding CD (Chandos, CHAN 10705).

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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