Tuesday 21 April 2015, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.
The University of East Anglia Choir were joined by four exceptional young soloists, and stylishly accompanied by the inimitable Norwich Baroque, for a large-scale performance of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah.
The work was performed dozens of times even in Handel’s own lifetime, and has remained a popular part of the choral repertoire ever since. This is particularly true in Great Britain, where for the last two hundred years, regular performances by choirs up and down the country have given it the status of a national treasure.
In this performance, the 160-strong UEA Choir joined forces with early music specialists, Norwich Baroque, in a collaboration which was both exciting and fascinating. They were joined by four prize-winning soloists, Jenny Stafford (Soprano), Tim Morgan (Counter-tenor), Adam Temple-Smith (Tenor), and Bozidar Smiljanic (Bass), who brought a youthful freshness to the work’s well-loved, show-stopping arias.
Music Award Holders Concert
Wednesday 18 March 2015, 5.30pm, Strode Concert Room, UEA Music Centre
Music Award Holders showcased their many talents at a recital including music by Puccini, Duparc, Pergolesi, Finzi and Mozart.
Music Award holders are students of many disciplines at UEA and of many different musical enthusiasms, giving us the chance to build on the talents of the whole university. Selected for their excellent ability, they are required to contribute to and enrich musical life.
Performing at this concert were Abielle Hallas, Tim Ellison, Lydia Lockyer, Poppy Damazer, Umaymah El-Khamlichi, Amisha Modasia, Liam Self, Sarah Gunn, and Yuki Matoba.
Music Award Holder concerts are always free to attend!
Friday 6 March 2015, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.
UEA Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of UEA Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop, scaled three of the great peaks of European Romantic music: Pieces included Carl Maria von Weber's Overture to Der Freischütz, Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 68.
Weber’s tale of a huntsman selling his soul for magic bullets, which will gain him back the bride he loves, is vividly laid out in the overture to Der Freischütz. The first great opera of German Romanticism was received with wild enthusiasm and paved the way for many that followed.
Mahler’s song cycle is amongst his best known works. Grief at lost love is portrayed with the directness that demonstrates the work’s roots in folk poetry, but its sophistication and power are enhanced by the apparent simplicity. The themes held fascination for the composer, and music from the cycle plays a prominent part in his First Symphony.
Brahms’ First Symphony is sometimes viewed as a dam-burst. Having planned a symphony for twenty years, and worked on this piece for at least ten, the opening outpouring is overwhelming and sets up a drama that takes us from anguish to triumph.
UEA Choir Christmas Carol Concert
Wednesday 10 December 2014, 7.30pm, St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral, Norwich.
The 160-strong UEA Choir, under the direction of Choirmaster, Tom Primrose, performed a feast of festive favourites, including Ding Dong! Merrily on high and Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing, in the atmospheric setting of Norwich's Roman Catholic Cathedral, with opportunities for the audience to join with the choir in many well-loved carols.
This year's concert included music by Handel, Matthias, Bennett, Rutter and Willcocks, as well as a host of well-loved Christmas carols.
UEA Choir were accompanied in their performance by Norwich Cathedral's Organ Scholar, Jonathan Stamp, and pianist, William Fergusson.
Sibelius and Dvořák
Thursday 13 November 2014, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich.
UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of UEA Director of Music, Stuart Dunlop, performed their first concert since the launch of the new UEA Music Centre, on Thursday 13 November, at 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich.
The 70-strong orchestra opened the concert with Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43. Sibelius' Second Symphony was a triumph at its premiere and has remained one of the composer's best-loved works. It is by turns lyrical, dramatic, and profoundly dark, the blazing finale ending in ringing affirmation.
The 160-strong choir then joined the orchestra for Antonín Dvořák’s Mass in D Major, Op. 86 to conclude the evening. The piece is pure Dvořák, reflecting the composer's natural humility in the face of a higher Order and his true joy in life. The Mass in D Major is an eloquent testimony to Dvořák's faith in God, nature, and humankind.
Don't worry if you missed any of these, there are plenty more upcoming concerts.